Federal judge holds jail officials in contempt over Capitol riot defendant’s medical care
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Federal judge holds jail officials in contempt over Capitol riot defendant’s medical care

Judge Royce Lamberth from the United States District Court for the District of Columbia held on Wednesday Wanda Patten, warden of the District of Columbia Jail, and Quincy Booth, director of the DC Department of Corrections, in civil contempt of court for failing to produce medical documents for Christopher Worrell, a member of far-right Proud Boys. Worrell has been in custody since March for his alleged crimes associated with the US Capitol riot.

The Associated Press reported that Worrell broke his wrist while in custody in May, and the DC department of corrections failed to provide him with timely medical assistance. Worrell also complained that jail officials failed to produce his medical records and prevented him from obtaining physician recommended surgery.

The US District Attorney for the District of Columbia charged Worrell with six crimes related to the Capitol riot on January 6, 2021, including assaulting, resisting or impeding certain officers using a dangerous weapon. Worrell was arrested on March 12, 2021, and pled not guilty to all counts. The District Attorney alleged that Worrell used pepper gel spray to assault law enforcement officers guarding the Capitol Building.

Judge Lamberth ordered a copy of his order to be sent to Attorney General Merrick Garland “for appropriate inquiry into potential civil rights violations of January 6 defendants, as exemplified in this case.”