“Despite uninterrupted cell camera surveillance, Ms. Maxwell’s sleep is interrupted every 15 minutes when a flashlight wakes her up to see if she’s breathing,” wrote attorney Bobbi Sternheim.
Maxwell, who is awaiting trial in the Metropolitan Custody (MDC) in Brooklyn, New York, says he is “de facto in solitary confinement under the strictest conditions,” according to his legal counsel.
Maxwell is “over-invasively and invasively searched” and monitored 24 hours a day, his lawyer says the treatment is stricter than for prisoners convicted of terrorism or serious murder.
Sternheim asked U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan to instruct the MDC Superintendent to go to court over the terms of Maxwell’s detention.
Maxwell was quarantined earlier this week after a staff member working in the detention center tested Covid-19 positively. According to a letter from federal prosecutors to the court, the virus was tested negatively and showed no symptoms.
Maxwell’s lawyers have argued that Maxwell has never been diagnosed with suicide and is being treated unfairly in the current circumstances.