Pennsylvania man charged with assaulting Capitol police officer Caroline Edwards in the area of the Capitol grounds known as Peace Circle on Jan. 6 apparently refuses to be examined by doctors, despite previously insisting he is in urgent need of medical attention.
Prosecutors in the case against Ryan Samsell filed a motion on Monday asking the U.S. District Judge Jia Cobb a second extension of the time limit for the medical assessment of the defendant.
Samsel, who has been detained since his arrest in January 2021, has filed multiple complaints about what he says is a lack of effective and necessary medical treatment. According to medical records, Samsel suffers from several health issues, including blood clots causing circulation problems in his arms and a condition called gynecomastia, or overgrowth of breast tissue in men.
He cited these issues as one of the reasons why he should be released from pretrial detention. Cob, a Joe Biden named, has so far rejected such requests, but last month said she wanted Samsel to receive the treatment he says he needs. She ordered that a medical evaluation at a “tertiary research facility” be carried out within 14 days of May 17, 2022.
Samsel, however, seems to have changed his mind.
“On June 1, 2022, the defendant refused to allow FDC health services personnel to evaluate him,” prosecutors said in the filing, referring to medical staff at the Federal Detention Center (FDC) in Philadelphia. , Pennsylvania.
Prosecutors said Samsel’s “denial has been ongoing since June 10.” That day, officials had brought Samsel in to be examined by medical personnel.
Samsel reportedly resisted this assessment and appears to have referred to a medical staff member using an anti-gay slur. According to the government’s record:
The patient was brought to the SHU examination room and handcuffed, as is protocol for inmates of [Special Housing Units]. He demanded that his handcuffs be removed. When told that the handcuffs would not be removed unless needed for an exam, he got up from his chair, walked out of the room and called me “f****t “. He also said he would not discuss his health with me.
Samsel was placed in special accommodation “after telephone call monitoring revealed defendant’s statements regarding stabbing or punching FBI agents,” the filing says in a footnote. page.
In addition to the outburst in the exam room and the comments during the phone call, Samsel apparently spoke about violence against politicians.
“[A]all these jokes [sic] at the office need to go, a paper shredder [sic] sounds good,” Samsel reportedly wrote in a letter leaked by FDC staff on June 2, just a day after initially refusing to allow health care personnel to assess him. “I’ll tell people to take your guns [sic] Ready to kiss your children [sic] goodbye and let’s go! »
Prosecutors noted in the filing that in order for Samsel to qualify for an examination at a tertiary facility, Philadelphia FDC doctors would first have to examine him.
“These arrangements are made through an outside contractor that operates as an HMO for the BOP,” the government filing said. “To proceed with the planning, the BOP must provide a reference.”
Samsel, who has been in custody since his arrest in January 2021, is accused of confronting police over barriers at the Peace Circle on January 6. During this confrontation, Officer Edwards was knocked to the ground, banging his head on a concrete step and sustaining a concussion.
That confrontation preceded “hours and hours of hand-to-hand combat,” Edwards said in his June 9 testimony before the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Samsel has been linked to another high-profile Jan. 6 defendant, Joseph R. Biggs, a member of the Proud Boys who was charged with seditious conspiracy in the Jan. 6 Capitol attack. Biggs and Samsel reportedly spoke briefly before Samsel continued the assault on Edwards and other officers; Samsel denied that such an exchange ever took place.
The House committee said the assault on police at the Peace Circle was the first of several violations at the Capitol that day and was the result of a reconnaissance by the Proud Boys, looking for vulnerabilities in security of the Capitol.
In reply argument filed Tuesday, Samsel’s attorneys said they were unable to speak with their client and that his civil rights were likely violated.
“We submit that Mr. Samsel’s constitutional rights are in jeopardy, not only because of the lack of access to his own lawyer, but also the lack of access to his well-being, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 7 since moving from [United States Penitentiary] Lewisburg, and defendant Samsel has been placed in an untenable position,” the lawyers said. Stanley Woodward and Juli Haller written in opposition to the government’s motion.
The attorneys note that the government had not previously indicated that Samsel should be evaluated by FDC Pennsylvania staff prior to the independent medical evaluation, and that physicians at an outside facility could simply refer to notes from previous examinations.
Samsel’s attorneys have asked Cobb to either deny the government’s request for a second two-week extension or return Samsel to the Bureau of Prison’s detention facility in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, where he was previously held.
The parties will appear before Cobb on Wednesday.
Read the government motion below.
Editor’s note: This story has been updated with information from Samsel’s file in response to the government’s motion.
[Image of Ryan Samsel lifting Capitol Police Officer Caroline Edwards via FBI court filing. Image of Edwards testifying on June 9, 2022, before the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol attack via Drew Angerer/Getty Images.]
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