On Wednesday, a federal judge found D.C. corrections officials in contempt over treatment of a January 5 defendant and referred this matter to the DOJ for a civil rights investigation if other Capitol Protest defendants are facing similar conditions.
U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth ruled that he is not issuing contempt sanctions against officials from the D.C. Department of Corrections after they took a very long time in submitting medical records of a defendant’s injury that needed surgery.
Christopher Worrell was arrested on 3/12/2021 and was indicted 4/9 and arraigned 4/15 where he pleaded not guilty to all counts.
The prosecution claims that Worrell assaulted a line of law enforcement officers with pepper spray gel outside the Capitol during the January 6 protest.
Judge Lamberth discovered that the correction facility officials failed to turn over records on time that were needed to approve surgery for Christopher Worrell.
Worrell’s defense had argued that given his medical history, he is at high risk of contracting COVID and is also being deprived of daily medical treatment.
“I find that the civil rights of the defendant have been abused,” said Reagan appointed Judge, Lamberth. “I don’t know if it’s because he’s a January 6th defendant or not, but I find this matter should be referred to the attorney general of the United States for a civil rights investigation into whether the D.C. Department of Corrections is violating the civil rights of January 6th defendants … in this and maybe other cases.” He added.
Several other January 6 protestors are fighting detention orders after being denied bond. While BLM rioters who literally burned down courthouse, and caused billions worth of destruction of property, and were responsible for several lives are free and were never charged for their atrocities.
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