The Deep State just hit a major roadblock in their effort to destroy the Constitution.
A judge just held them in contempt of court.
Now, their efforts to illegally detain U.S. citizens without a trial might be in jeopardy.
A new Washington Post report is out that states, “A federal judge found the warden of the D.C. jail and director of the D.C. Department of Corrections in contempt of court Wednesday and called on the Justice Department to investigate whether the jail is violating the civil rights of dozens of detained Jan. 6th defendants.”
Of course, it’s hard to have sympathy for Jan. 6th defendants, like it is for any criminal.
However, under the Constitution, even those accused of serious crimes have rights.
The Fifth Amendment prevents the government from holding people for extended periods of time without a trial.
The Eighth Amendment prohibits cruel and unusual punishment by the government.
Many of the Jan. 6th defendants have been held for months without even facing specific charges, let alone being given a fair trial by their peers.
And according to this judge, the D.C. prison system and their allies in the Deep State have been recklessly violating those basic human rights.
The report continues, “U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth of Washington acted after finding that jail officials failed to turn over information needed to approve surgery recommended four months ago for a Jan. 6th Capitol riot defendant’s broken wrist.”
In other words, the defendant had a serious medical issue – a broken bone – and the prison system refused to allow him to get treatment, presumably because of his involvement in the Jan. 6th attack.
This is wildly unconstitutional behavior, and it is a serious violation of the Eighth Amendment, as it clearly constitutes cruel and unusual punishment.
Anyone who is in prison is entitled to medical treatment. Even the Boston bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, received medical treatment after he was captured in 2013.
But because of political hatred and resentments, the D.C. prison system refused to treat the Jan. 6th rioters the same way.
This is hardly an accident, and the judge was clear about that.
“The failure of D.C. officials to turn over medical records is ‘more than just inept and bureaucratic jostling of papers’ Lamberth said in a hearing, raising the possibility of deliberate mistreatment,” the report continued.
In a separate case, a judge raised questions about whether Jan. 6th defendants are even being allowed to properly defend themselves in court.
After all, even the worst criminals in the United States are entitled to a fair trial. It is one of the most important hallmarks of the U.S. judicial system.
But according to Judge Carl Nichols, the federal prosecutors in these cases are “making it very difficult for client communications (between defendants and their attorneys) or mounting of a defense to occur.”
One does not need to feel any personal sympathy for the Jan. 6th rioters to see how big of a problem this is.
U.S. citizens have Constitutional rights. And any time those rights are violated for one person, those rights are in jeopardy for everyone.