A federal judge on Wednesday ruled in contempt of court top officials at a Washington, D.C., prison that he had been unreasonable in medical treatment to keep a defendant in his custody in connection with the January 6 attack on the Capitol. was noticeably delayed.
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 once asked prison officials and their lawyers to describe their treatment of Mr Worrell 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 at 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 process. 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 Capitol riot defendants are not being singled out 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 was nonetheless angry with him.