DC Warden and Director of DC Dept of Corrections Ruled in Contempt by Federal Judge Over Jan 6 Prisoner

Judge Royce Lamberth ruled that the DC Warden and Director of the DC Department of Corrections were in contempt of court. The ruling stemmed from their treatment of a January 6 prisoner who needed surgery. At issue is inmate Christopher Worrell, who is being treated for non-Hodgkins lymphoma, and a broken finger or wrist (depending you whose narrative you read) that he’s had since May, was recommended for surgery that still has not occurred several months later.

“For the reasons stated in open court, it is adjudged that the Warden of the D.C. jail Wanda Patten and Director of the D.C. Department of Corrections Quincy Booth are in civil contempt of court. The Clerk of the Court is ordered to transmit a copy of this order to the Attorney General of the United States for appropriate inquiry into potential civil rights violations of Jan. 6 defendants, as exemplified in this case.”

I find that the civil rights of the defendant have been abused. 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’s needed an operation. He hasn’t gotten it.”

Judge Royce Lamberth

Unfortunately, referring the matter of the DC Warden and Director of Corrections to the corrupt DOJ for investigation virtually guarantees nothing will be done. The contempt charge is a civil one, not criminal. It might have been more effective if Judge Lamberth had thrown both of them in their own jail for contempt of court so they could experience firsthand some of the issues.

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Screenshot of Christopher Worrell on Jan 6

Christopher Worrell, the defendant in the specific case who is being charged with several felonies related to the January 6th riot, is being treated for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and has contracted the coronavirus while in jail. Worrell broke his hand in jail in May and was recommended to have surgery in June but in August his lawyers say jail officials have not addressed the injury and have only provided Tylenol and other anti-inflammatories. 

The judge’s ruling in Worrell’s case comes after he found there was more than an “inexcusable” delay of jail officials turning over medical documents.

After the judge learned last week that the surgery still hadn’t happened, he ordered the jail system to turn over notes to the U.S. Marshals Service — because Worrell is a federal inmate housed in the local jail — so the Marshals Service could move forward and approve the medical procedure. But on Tuesday, the jail still hadn’t sent the records and the judge ordered the city jail officials to appear in court for a contempt hearing.

Andrew Mark Miller at Fox

Worrell is accused of being a member of the Proud Boys and spraying police with chemical spray on Jan 6th.. The Jan 6th defendants have been all over the map with regard to punishments. At least this judge saw a discrepancy and acted on it, despite his previous ruling against Worrell when he asked to be released. But most of the judges have been following the rule of the Democrats: never let a good crisis go to waste.

Another judge, U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan, (msn) upped the sentences of some of the Jan 6th rioters to over the time that the Prosecutor asked. She strongly subscribes to the “insurrectionist-overthrow-the-government” narrative. She over-sentenced them, demanding that there “must be consequences for attempting to overthrow the government.” Another Judge, Beryl Howell, complained that prosecutors allowing the Jan 6th defendants to plead to misdemeanors was wrong because it wasn’t a “deterrent” to more actions.

H/T Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children


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Faye Higbee

Faye Higbee is the columnist manager for Uncle Sam's Misguided Children. She has been writing at Conservative Firing Line since 2013 as well. She is also a published author.

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