Ghislaine Maxwell, "best friend" of Jeffrey Epstein, charged with abetting Epstein's sexual abuse of young girls, was allowed a jail visit on Friday, despite coronvirus-related restrictions.
"During the pandemic, access to legal counsel remains a paramount requirement, but the BOP needs to reduce the risk of exposure created by external visitors," spokesman for the Bureau of Prisons said in a statement. "As such, while in general legal visits are suspended, case-by-case accommodations will be accomplished at the local level and confidential legal calls will be allowed in order to ensure inmates maintain access to counsel. We are facilitating attorney client-visitation, as well as judicial proceedings, via video conference, primarily at our detention centers."
Maxwell is the first federal inmate in New York City to receive an in-person lawyer visit since the restrictions went into effect months ago.
Many other inmates who have been in the same Brooklyn jail as Maxwell have been unable to receive visits from their own attorneys because of the restrictions.
"It is outrageous that the first in-person visit would be granted to a well-heeled British socialite who the president of the United States stated that he wished well," said Sean Hecker, an attorney involved in litigation over conditions and visits at the Metropolitan Detention Center. "It only serves to confirm that our government doesn't understand that they operate two different systems of justice, one for the well-heeled and well-connected, and one for everyone else."