Lynch Appt. Raises Hope For Atty Access Fix Amid Pandemic

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Former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, pictured here at a 2017 event in New York City, was recently appointed as a mediator in a suit over access to attorneys for people detained at Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center. (Getty)

Even as the potential spread of COVID-19 in prisons and jails sets off alarm bells, New York advocates are hopeful that involvement by former Attorney General Loretta Lynch will lead to a quick resolution for people in detention at Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center in a suit over attorney access.

Now a partner with Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP, Lynch was recently appointed as a mediator in a suit over access to attorneys for people detained at MDC Brooklyn, which houses over 1,700 people, according to the Bureau of Prisons.

The Federal Defenders of New York first filed the suit against the Bureau of Prisons after allegedly being denied access…

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