The Pennsylvania man accused of assaulting a cop on the grounds of the Capitol on Jan. 6 and causing him a concussion is seeking medical treatment while in pretrial detention, despite a prison doctor’s conclusion that the man’s condition is not urgent.
Ryan Samsell is accused of having joined a group of donald trump supporters who worked together to overthrow a police barricade by pulling and pushing it back and forth. This effort eventually knocked a policeman to the ground, hitting his head and resulting in a concussion.
Samsel has been in custody since his arrest in January 2021. According to medical records, he suffers from a host of medical issues, including blood clots causing circulation problems in his arms and a condition called gynecomastia, or overdevelopment of the tissue. breast in men.
These medical issues, along with allegations that he suffered injuries while in custody, formed the basis of his latest application for provisional release. U.S. District Judge Jia Cobb resisted these demands, largely based on Samsel’s criminal history.
“There are nine prior convictions, and in each of the cases I’ve seen, almost all of them had an element of assault,” said Cobb, a Joe Biden named, said during a hearing on Thursday. “There was also evidence that for some of these arrests, many occurred when Mr. Samsel was on other terms of probation or parole.”
Cobb said Samsel’s record was concerning enough that she doubted he would comply with the terms of a supervised release.
However, at Thursday’s detention hearing – a follow-up to a Tuesday hearing that featured unauthorized comments from unseen observers – Cobb said she wants Samsel to get the treatment he needs.
“If he has a serious problem, and the recommendation would be to go to one of these [medical research facilities]I’m not ready to say, ‘Well, that can wait,’ she said. “That wouldn’t make me feel comfortable.”
Much of the hearing focused on the testimony of Dr. Andre Edinger, the clinical director of the United States Penitentiary in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. While his initial examination of Samsel led him to conclude that Samsel could not receive proper treatment at Lewisburg, he changed his mind after reading Samsel’s medical records, which he did not have when he looked at it for the first time.
“He led me to believe that this was a progression that had only happened since his arrest,” Edinger said. However, once he reviewed Samsel’s medical records, he discovered that Samsel’s issues dated back to at least 2012.
“It’s been going on for much longer than he described,” Edinger said of Samsel.
Edinger also said Samsel’s condition appears to be “breast development due to hormonal stimulation,” possibly due to steroid use.
“I don’t believe this is an acute problem,” Edinger said, adding that medical conditions considered “acute” are treated within three months and anything beyond that is considered a chronic problem. “His condition has been around for much longer than that and he hasn’t progressed,” he said.
However, Edinger said Samsel’s condition was nonetheless “serious” and that he should receive treatment at some point.
Stanley WoodwardSamsel’s attorney, took Edinger’s apparent reversal as an indicator of something decidedly more nefarious.
“If you look at the whole story of the case, there’s something going on in the background here,” Woodward said. He noted that Edinger answered Samsel’s blood clot questions “very carefully” and said it was “interesting” that no additional blood clot issues were mentioned in a secondary report. Woodward’s meaning was clear: someone was hiding something.
Assistant United States Attorney Karen Rochelin rejected this implication.
“I think it’s important to live in the universe of facts,” Rochlin said. “What the lawyer is describing is speculation of some kind of conspiracy and things going on behind the scenes. The lawyer was drawing conclusions that suited his argument, but they are not facts. »
Ultimately, Cobb said she was not comfortable delaying Samsel’s treatment and wanted him to be seen by specialists at a research hospital. She also said she did not need to order his release to do so, and ordered the lawyers to work together and put in place a workable plan for Samsel to receive treatment.
Towards the end of the hearing, Samsel indicated a newfound empathy for those suffering from the second leading cause of death from cancer among women in the United States.
“Honestly, I have respect for women with breast cancer because that feeling is very uncomfortable,” Samsel said of her gynecomastia.
[Images via FBI court filings.]
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