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One of the defendants waiting for trial in relation to the Jan. 6, 2o21, breach of the United States Capitol Building is extremely ill and at risk of death as the jail refuses to provide him with adequate medical treatment and a special diet for his celiac disease, his lawyer Joseph McBride claims.
“They’re starving the guy out,” Epoch Times Reported. “They have moved him six times since he’s been detained. We can’t send him to a facility that’s not going to be able to take care of him.”
According to Christopher J. Quaglin the federal case is one of many in which a series of complaints have been filed alleging defendants held since Jan. 6 have been beaten, tortured, and told they cannot eat or receive proper medical care. On Jan. 3, a group of 14 members of the House of Representatives sent a letter to Michael Carvajal, director of the federal Bureau of Prisons, demanding that “you use your authority to investigate this abuse or we will use our authority to investigate your failure.”
“Many instances of physical and psychological abuse, denial of medical care, 24-hour solitary confinement, denial of basic personal hygiene, denial of access to legal counsel, destruction of records, and general abuse of rights and mandated standards for prisoners have been brought to our attention,” the lawmakers wrote. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and Clay Higgins (R-La.) drafted the letter.).
The New Jersey-native, who is from the state, is charged in federal court with assaulting multiple law enforcement officers while rioting at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. It is now his sixth jail since he was charged in April, with the sixth facility he has been housed at since his arrest. He is being held at the Northern Neck Regional Jail in Warsaw, Virginia, in the midst of a trial.
McBride complained that the jail did not provide Quaglin the gluten-free diet he needs in order to survive and that the jail also exposed Quaglin to inmates and guards who had the Coronavirus, which caused him to contract COVID-19. He was then placed in solitary confinement, McBride said.
“If somebody has celiac disease, the food has to be prepared the same way a Jewish person’s kosher food would be prepared: separate,” McBride said. “Everything needs to be separated, because if there is cross-contamination, you can kill him. He lost close to 20 pounds now since the 21st of December.”
Unless Quaglin is transported to a hospital for treatment and given proper access to a diet, McBride says he is at risk of death. McBride has repeatedly complained to the jail, but no action has been taken.
Ronald Jett, vice chairman of the Northern Neck Regional Jail Board, breached Quaglin’s civil rights, according to McBride. Earlier in the week, McBride sent a sharp-worded email to Ted Hull, superintendent of the Northern Neck Regional Jail.
“Regardless of Mr. McBride’s fictitious assertions, inmate Quaglin is and has been receiving the appropriate dietitian designed diet consistent with his specific dietary requirements and the appropriate level of medical services consistent with his diagnosis,” Hull reported toThe Epoch Times.
Hull complained about the lawyer’s tone in his first email response to McBride on Dec. 28, 2021.
“You are NOT in a position to demand anything and you will find me less than helpful if you continue to act in this manner,” Hull wrote.
“For the record, while New York has the reputation of being filled with people like you, as a rule y’all neither impress nor intimidate anyone,” Hull wrote. “Document anything you like or call anybody you like … it will not change anything. The inmate is receiving the appropriate level of cate [sic]. Stating completely fictitious assertions is nothing more than an obvious attempt at intimidation. And, unfortunately, you lack the ability to intimidate anyone.”
According to McBride’s email of Dec. 30, Quaglin should be taken to a hospital for emergency care and be prescribed a celiac-safe diet. In addition, McBride alleged that the jail had overheard an attorney-client conversation and was preventing him from speaking regularly with Quaglin via video phone.
“We remind you that Mr. Quaglin is a pretrial detainee, not an inmate, as such it is illegal to punish him,” McBride stated.
He said Quaglin, who is just another inmate, will receive exactly what each and every other inmate receives, according to an email reply from Hull issued Dec. 30 to McBride claiming his demands were “pointless” and that Quaglin’s needs were being addressed. Which is exactly what he is supposed to … nothing more, nothing less.”
“If you want to take legal action … then take it,” Hull wrote. “Politeness and professional courtesy preclude me from telling you how I feel about your ‘demands’ and your obvious lack of manners. However, my oh-so-subtle disregard for both might provide you a clue on to [sic] how I feel about them. You will do well to understand that ‘please’ is a much more useful word. Without it, I afraid [sic] it is going to be tough sledding for you.”
Gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye, is the cause of celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder that damages the small intestine. There are several symptoms caused by intestinal damage that may lead to weight loss, fatigue, diarrhea, bloating, anemia and fatigue. There is a possibility the damage may lead to intestinal perforation and damage to the lining of the digestive tract.
Federal Bureau of Prisons spokesperson Emery Nelson said the agency wouldn’t comment on individual inmates in its care, but asserted that it upholds standards for the medical and dietary needs of all prisoners.
“The Bureau of Prisons (BOP) is committed to accommodating the needs of federal offenders and ensuring the safety and security of all inmates in our population, our staff, and the public,” Nelson told The Epoch Times in a statement. “The BOP takes seriously our duty to protect the individuals entrusted in our care.”
A nationwide menu is approved by the Bureau of Prisons every year, according to Nelson, that “has a variety of healthy food options to accommodate the needs of every inmate in our care.”
When Quaglin was in custody at the jail in the District of Columbia, he met with U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) and Rep Greene during a jail visit, during which they conducted an investigation of the jail. In December, Greene released a report on the prison that included his photo on the cover. The report, Unusually Cruel, analyzed the conditions at the jail at the time.
“The jail retaliated against him,” McBride said. “Marjorie and Louie were there on the 4th. Christopher was moved from there in the middle of the night to Lewisburg on the 9th. From Lewisburg, he was moved to Alexandria and from Alexandria to Northern Neck. This is all retaliatory, punitive.”
“Every time he’s moved to a new facility, he has had issues,” McBride said. “Sometimes, they get it right after a while, but that requires him to suffer for a month or so. Other times, they don’t even have time to get it right because by the time they get close to getting it right, they move him again. He has been moved three times since Nov. 9. This facility has been far and away the worst in terms of his food.”
It is without a doubt that McBride will file a writ of habeas corpus in the hope of obtaining Quaglin’s release in the absence of an adequate resolution to his concerns.