Jailed Capitol rioter with cancer begging for emergency transfer to save his life

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The condition of a suspected Jan. 6th Capitol rioter who’s been locked up since March 12th is “rapidly deteriorating” because he’s being denied his prescribed cancer medication for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, according to his attorney.

In a motion filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, attorney John M. Pierce begged the court to reconsider the detention of his client, defendant Christopher Worrell, lest his client die while in custody.

Mr. Worrell is currently held in pretrial detainment without access to his prescribed cancer medication, or the regular examination and treatment necessary for someone with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma,” the motion reads.

He is experiencing a rapidly deteriorating condition as he develops lymphomas on the skin of his face, neck, back, arms, and legs putting him at great risk for further complications and COVID-19 exposure,” it continues.

Included with the motion is an affidavit from Worrell’s general practitioner, Dr. Bino Rucker, in which he states that “[c]ontinuing confinement at the federal detention center presents a substantial risk of serious infection to Mr. Worrell and his transfer to home confinement would significantly decrease the risk to his health in connection with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.”

View the motion below, or access it directly here:

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Worrell’s been locked up since a March 12th hearing during which Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell, an Obama appointment, ordered he be held without bail and without any opportunity for release.

Exactly two weeks after his detainment, Pierce filed his first emergency request for his client’s release, but that request was denied during the first full week of May.

According to Law & Crime, a three-person panel of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia argued that pepper spray counts as a “dangerous weapon.” This is relevant because, according to the Bail Reform Act of 1966, a Capitol offender with a “dangerous weapon” can be denied bail.

The court also reportedly pointed to Worrell’s history with the Proud Boys.

“The district court’s dangerousness determination is further buttressed by the threats against others—including potential witnesses—that appellant indicated to the FBI, as well as his membership in and alleged coordination with the Proud Boys, some of whose members have been indicted for conspiring to attack Congress,” the court ruled, according to Law & Crime.

In his second reconsideration motion filed Tuesday, Pierce centers much of his argument on both his client’s cancer and also the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

“There are currently 114 federal inmates and 173 Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) staff
who have confirmed positive test results for COVID-19 nationwide, and there have been 234 inmate deaths and 4 staff deaths as a result of COVID-19. In total 46,131 inmates and 6,751 staff have recovered from COVID-19 nationwide demonstrating its startling presence in federal facilities,” he writes.

“The disease continuing to rip through carceral facilities, infecting incarcerated individuals at a rate four times the general population, and causing deaths at nearly twice the national rate. Detainees are held in very crowded conditions in a setting that is designed for control, but certainly not for hygiene or to prevent transmission of an infectious disease,” he adds.

He also points to all the media reports that “confirm that many who test positive for COVID-19 in carceral facilities virtually no care.”

It’s for this reason that there’s been much pressure from Democrats and the media for criminal suspects to be released regardless of their crime:

The only exception has been the suspected Capitol rioters who, for some reason, Democrats and their media allies have been hellbent on being tough on.

And so when a select few suspected Capitol rioters were released on bail in March, the mainstream press pounced, with NBC News saying the move “smacks of racial bias and hypocrisy.”

Never mind that Democrats and the media had worked in tandem last year to secure the release of the violent left-wing extremists who’d rioted throughout the country amid the uproar over Minneapolis criminal suspect George Floyd’s death.

In fact, current President Joe Biden’s own staff even helped the violent rioters raise bail money:

Dozens of people were killed during last year’s riots. During the Jan. 6th riot, on the other hand, only one person, a rioter, was killed, though several others died of medical complications.

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