Judge holds jail officials in contempt, requests probe into abuse of Jan. 6 defendants’ rights
US District Judge Royce Lamberth held two of the District of Columbia’s high-ranking jail officials in contempt of court and asked the Justice Department to investigate possible violations of inmates’ civil rights.
Judge Lamberth ordered Quincy Booth, the director of the city’s Department of Corrections, and Wanda Patten, the warden of the DC Jail, to be held in contempt of court.
Lamberth initially summoned the officials as part of the criminal case into Christopher Worrell, a Proud Boys member charged in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
The ruling comes after Lamberth found an “inexcusable” delay in jail officials turning over Worrell’s medical documents. Worrell broke his wrist in May and still hasn’t undergone the recommended surgery.
“He’s needed an operation. He hasn’t gotten it,” Lamberth said.