Federal Judge Finds DC Jail Officials in Contempt, Demands Civil Rights Inquiry
In a major rebuke of the Justice Department and D.C. Department of Corrections, District Court Judge Royce Lamberth today found the jailâ€™s warden and director of the Department of Corrections in contempt of court for refusing to turn over records related to the care of Christopher Worrell, a January 6 detainee who suffers from non-Hodgkinâ€™s lymphoma and a broken hand. He has been incarcerated under a pre-trial detention order sought by Joe Bidenâ€™s Justice Department and approved by the courtâ€™s chief judge since his arrest in March; Worrell has been in the D.C. jail used specifically to house January 6 defendants since April.
Lamberth scheduled the hearing on Tuesday after D.C. Jail Warden Wanda Patten and DOC Director Quincy Booth failed to comply with his October 8 order to submit the evaluation by an orthopedic surgeon, who determined in June that Worrell needed surgery for a broken hand he suffered in May, and also to submit Worrellâ€™s medical requests related to needed cancer treatments. Jail officials and attorneys representing the department claimed the screw-up was a miscommunication but Lamberth rejected their argument. â€œI donâ€™t accept that explanation,â€ Lamberth said. â€œNo one noticed in jail that heâ€™s sitting there in pain all the time? Does no one care?â€