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Monday, August 17, 2020

August 17, 2020
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After Ghislaine Maxwell argued this week that she should be moved into the general population at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, federal prosecutors said in a court filing on Thursday that the Bureau of Prisons won’t grant the request. Her attorneys had claimed in a motion that she is being “held under uniquely onerous conditions” and was unfairly put on suicide watch because of her ties to Jeffrey Epstein, whose death last year was ruled a suicide by hanging.

The prosecutors said that “the defendant’s argument that she is being treated ‘worse’ than other inmates is incorrect,” NBC News reported, adding that the surveillance and body scans Maxwell said she faced were regular procedure for other inmates.

Prosecutors also said Maxwell “will be placed into the general population if and when BOP is assured that such placement would not pose a threat to the orderly operation of the institution.”

Maxwell is being held without bail while she awaits trial next year on charges of trafficking minors in Epstein’s sex-abuse ring and perjury. She has pleaded not guilty.

Maxwell’s attorneys also requested extended computer access for her to review materials for the trial, and the names of three victims in her indictment. Prosecutors said the request for the names was “premature, meritless, or both”—Maxwell can request them in December—and that they included the victims’ months and years of birth in the 150,000 pages of evidence they provided to her in the last week, which were “principally consisting of financial records.”

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