Ghislaine Maxwell Has Been Placed on Suicide Watch Prior to Her Sentencing!
Socialite is due to be sentenced for sex crimes on June 28
Maxwell is unable to prepare for her sentencing, her lawyer says
Bobbi Sternheim, a lawyer for Maxwell, said in a letter to the judge slated to sentence the socialite on June 28 that she was removed on Friday from the general population of inmates at Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center and placed in solitary confinement. Sternheim said that Maxwell isn’t allowed any pen or paper and was placed on the watch “without justification,” and warned that she may seek a postponement of her sentencing date.
Ordinarily, an inmate making such claims would be put in a solitary cell within the Special Housing Unit, or SHU, but jail officials placed Maxwell on suicide watch due to concern that she was at “heightened risk of self-harm” given her upcoming sentencing and sex offender status, prosecutors wrote.
“Because of this, they don’t feel comfortable putting the defendant in the SHU, but they also need to take the defendant out of the general population so they can look into the threat she told them about.”
Prosecutors say Maxwell should spend up to 55 years in prison for a sex trafficking scheme that involved seven people. She asked for a prison sentence of fewer than six years, saying that the conditions in jail have been too hard on her.
The case is US v Maxwell, 20-CR-330, US District Court for the Southern District of New York (Manhattan).
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