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Ghislaine Maxwell received a visit from her lawyers that was three times longer than usual


Ghislaine Maxwell had a visit from her lawyers that was three times longer and had twice as many lawyers as usual.

Jeffrey Epstein's alleged recruiter saw her attorneys for three hours, compared to an hour on standard visits, court documents have shown.

The British celebrity met two members of her legal team, including business defender Christian Everdell, at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn on August 28.

However, usually only one lawyer was allowed to visit inmates.

The disclosure will raise further questions about whether 58-year-old Maxwell will receive preferential treatment pending trial for her alleged role in Epstein's sex trafficking.

Ghislaine Maxwell met two of her lawyers at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn for three hours on Aug. 28 – while court documents typically only allow one hour (see a court sketch in July)

Maxwell, 58, is being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn while she awaits trial for sex trafficking

Maxwell, 58, is being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn while she awaits trial for sex trafficking

Prosecutors disclosed the details of a case filed by federal defense attorneys against the Bureau of Prisoners (BOP) over conditions within the MDC.

The prison was suspended from personal visits seven months ago because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The New York Daily News reported that Maxwell was the first MDC inmate to see her attorneys in person, sparking attorney outrage about other inmates.

Sean Hecker, who is involved in the BOP case, called him "absurd and unjust".

In a letter to court in New York's Eastern District, incumbent US attorney Seth Ducharme, who was appointed by Attorney General William Barr in July, denied that Maxwell had received the first visit.

Defense attorney Christian Everdell was one of two of Maxwell's attorneys who arrived at prison on Friday to visit his client

Defense attorney Christian Everdell was one of two of Maxwell's attorneys who arrived at prison on Friday to visit his client

In fact, another prisoner had a visit the day before, in August.

However, Ducharme revealed that Maxwell's visit lasted three hours and was "uneventful".

In a footnote to the letter, he wrote: “While routine legal visits are scheduled in one-hour blocks, individual visits can be longer upon request.

"In addition, routine legal visits can last longer than an hour, but the time slots for these visits are more limited."

Ducharme claimed that when the BOP was considering resuming face-to-face visits in late August, it wanted to run some test runs to check the requests made over the past two weeks.

Maxwell's lawyers were among them and were available at the available slots.

Maxwell is not mentioned by name in the letter, but Ducharme speaks of a "defendant in a high-profile case".

In response to Ducharme's claim, Hecker said in a letter to the court that he was "concerned" that Maxwell had received one of the first visits.

He wrote that she had been incarcerated for less than two months at the time of her visit, which was far fewer than a significant number of MDC inmates including those (with the death penalty), those with serious mental health problems, and those I got theirs from the court never met appointed lawyer because of the pandemic. "

Hecker said inmates can typically meet one of their attorneys for an hour, rather than three hours with two of them, as was the case with Maxwell.

Hecker said it was "puzzling" that Maxwell was placed in front of other inmates and said federal defenders had repeatedly tried to request a visit, one of whom did so in mid-August.

He wrote that all of this "raises serious questions about what criteria the BOP will use to determine which inmates may receive personal legal visits, what those visits are and how they are planned".

In his letter, Hecker also revealed that the guards were not following "basic health precautions" to stop the coronavirus from spreading.

This included not taking visitors' temperatures, no social distancing from guards, and an inmate having to sew her own mask together because the MDC didn't give her one.

The mask "repeatedly" fell off during her lawyers' visit, said Hecker.

In a letter to the court in the Eastern District of New York, acting US attorney Seth Ducharme denied that Maxwell had received the first visit from her lawyer. The letter (pictured) was received from DailyMail.com

In a letter to the court in the Eastern District of New York, acting US attorney Seth Ducharme denied that Maxwell had received the first visit from her lawyer. The letter (pictured) was received from DailyMail.com

Maxwell's lawyers have repeatedly complained about her treatment in custody after she was denied bail, saying she was in "uniquely stressful conditions".

They have been annoyed about being woken up every few hours at night and about how to wear special clothing because of the fact that she has been classified as a suicide risk.

They claimed that her cell had lights on 24 hours a day and she was not allowed to shower for 72 hours.

But reports in the Daily News painted a very different picture, claiming that other inmates had to clean and polish the floor in the area where she is being held.

Female prisoners said Maxwell has an entire floor to herself and has security outside of her cell 24 hours a day.

She also gets three hours of exercise a day compared to two hours for other inmates, the reports say.

Maxwell, a British celebrity, has denied six charges against her.

Maxwell, who is accused of acting as Epstein's "wife" by finding abuse young women and then "training" them to suit his desires, was arrested on July 2, nearly a year after his death

Maxwell, who is accused of acting as Epstein's "wife" by finding abuse young women and then "training" them to suit his desires, was arrested on July 2, nearly a year after his death

Prosecutors say she lured girls to Epstein when she was 14 years old to abuse them between 1994 and 1997 and, in some cases, participated in the abuse.

In addition to the criminal case against her, Maxwell is facing a defamation case brought against her by Epstein prosecutor Virginia Roberts.

That has already released hundreds of pages of sensitive documents, including emails between her and Epstein.

Later this month, the second circle appeals court will hold a hearing on whether or not a filing from Maxwell discussing "extremely personal" details about her sex life should be released.

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