A federal judge on Wednesday held top Washington, D.C., prison officials in contempt of court, ruling that they had unreasonably delayed medical treatment to keep a defendant in his custody. January 6 attack on the capital.
Calling the delay in treatment for the defendant, Christopher Worrell, “incompetent” and “unforgivable,” Federal District Court Judge Royce C. Lamberth said he would also refer the matter to the Justice Department for a possible investigation into whether Mr. Worrell’s civil rights—and the rights of other jailed defendants—were infringed.
“Nobody cares?” Judge Lamberth at one time asked prison officials and their lawyers about Mr Worrell’s treatment, describing them as “more than unworthy”.
Mr. Worrell, a member of the Florida chapter of the Proud Boys, was denied bail shortly after his arrest in March and jailed for assaulting a police officer and obstructing congressional certification of the presidential election on January 6. Was. Has cancer and is receiving chemotherapy, and after being taken into custody, he broke his wrist.
He was scheduled for surgery on his wrist in June, Judge Lamberth said in a hearing on Wednesday, but as of September, the surgery had not taken place and the judge ordered prison officials to provide him with Mr. Issuing a formal order requiring the process to be considered. Prison officials delayed Judge Lamberth getting the record, which sparked his anger from the bench.
There is no punishment such as jail time or a fine in a civil contempt search. The Justice Department and the DC Department of Corrections declined to comment on the findings.
About 40 Jan 6 Lawyers for several of the other defendants, who are in DC jail in lieu of bail, have complained of misconduct. Some have argued that their customers have been denied access to proper meals and showers. Others have complained about the ban on religious services. Prison officials have denied the allegations and said the Capitol riot defendants were not being selected for punishment or abuse.
In his contempt finding, Judge Lamberth said he was not aware that the delay in Mr. Worrell’s medical treatment was linked to January 6, but after the hearing the Justice Department ruled all “potential civil rights violations” issued an order to investigate. Capitol riot defendant in prison.