Judge orders defendant with cancer to be released Jan.6 after ‘deplorable’ conditions found in DC jail

A federal judge on Wednesday ordered a defendant diagnosed with cancer on January 6 to be transferred to another prison after an inspection at a DC jail found the inmates were living in “deplorable” conditions.

Judge Royce Lamberth ordered that Christopher Worrell, a member of the Proud Boys, be immediately transferred to another jail and then placed under house arrest for chemotherapy as soon as possible. CNN reported. He said the “court has no confidence” that the DC jail would provide adequate treatment and would not retaliate against Worrell.

Last month, Lamberth asked the Department of Justice (DOJ) to conduct a civil rights investigation into the alleged civil rights violations that defendants suffered on January 6 under the direction of the DC jail Wanda Patten and the director of the DC Department of Corrections, Quincy Booth.

“I don’t know if it’s because he’s a January 6 defendant or not, but I think this matter should be referred to the United States attorney general for a civil rights investigation into whether the DC Department of Corrections is violating the civil rights of the January 6 defendants … in this and perhaps other cases, “Lamberth said at the time.

Lamberth dismissed the two officials after a long delay in the paperwork necessary to approve a surgery that Worrell reportedly needed on his little finger after a fall earlier this year.

CNN noted that the U.S. Marshals Service is currently removing 400 prisoners from a section of the DC jail, with Worrell being the first, after an inspection uncovered poor conditions, including shutting off the water for days. , clogged toilets and an inmate developed an infection when he was unable to wash after being doused with pepper spray.

Worrell, who is from Florida, allegedly pepper sprayed police officers during the Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill and was arrested in March. He has been indicted on six federal charges and has pleaded not guilty.

Since being incarcerated, Worrell has contracted COVID-19 and has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Last month, prosecutors argued that Worrell was making false claims about his health, writing in court documents that “they have repeatedly failed to separate fact from fiction.”

Prosecutors said Worrell’s claims “have often been refuted, or at best unsubstantiated, by medical notes and records that the government later obtains.” According to prosecutors, the pinkie surgery for which Worrell sought approval “was not medically necessary or urgent, but an elective procedure,” citing an orthopedic specialist.

A lawyer representing Worrell, Alex Stavrou, responded to the prosecutors’ characterization and claimed that his client’s medical problems were real.

“Mr. Worrell also suffers from non-Hodkin lymphoma. He has not received chemotherapy to date. It has never caused any delay in seeking treatment for his cancer,” Stavrou said.

When The Hill contacted The Hill regarding Lamberth’s order, Stavrou said in a statement: “We are pleased with the court order that allows Mr. Worrell to obtain the life-saving cancer treatments that he needs. . We are also pleased that more than 400 inmates will be transferred to facilities where they will receive adequate treatment and care, and will not be subjected to the deplorable conditions identified by the United States Marshall investigation. “


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