Judge declares that family of inmate beaten to death in the same New York correctional center where Jeffrey Epstein hanged himself can sue after the disgraced financier’s death raised ‘troubling questions’ about the jail
- Jewelry thief Roberto Grant was bashed to death inside the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in May 2015
- On Friday, a district court judge ruled that his ex-wife may proceed to sue the US government for negligence
- In a written finding, he declared that Grant’s death ‘raises troubling questions about the Bureau of Prisons’ oversight of individuals remanded to its custody’
- In August, millionaire pedophile also died inside MCC
- The judge wrote that Epstein’s death had ‘reinvigorated public scrutiny of MCC’
A New York District Court judge has ruled that the ex-wife of a man beaten to death inside New York’s Metropolitan Correctional Center will be able to sue the US government for negligence.
Judge William H. Pauley granted the motion on Friday – four years after Roberto Grant was killed inside the government facility while awaiting sentencing for a series of jewellery heists.
In his report, Judge Pauley referenced the recent suicide of pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, which occurred at the same center, writing: ‘The death high-profile defendant has reinvigorated public scrutiny of MCC.’
He added: ‘The unexplained circumstances surrounding Mr. Grant’s death raise troubling questions about the Bureau of Prisons’ oversight of individuals remanded to its custody. Mr Grant’s relatives – and the public – have an interest in learning what happened’.
According to Grant’s ex-wife, Nicole Morrison, Grant had expressed concerns that he was being ‘harassed and physically threatened’ inside the MCC prior to his death on May 19, 2015.
Jewellery thief Roberto Grant was bashed to death inside the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in May 2015. He is pictured on surveillance tape robbing the Cartier store in Manhattan in 2014
In his report, Judge Pauley referenced the recent suicide of pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, which occurred at the same center, writing: ‘The death high-profile defendant has reinvigorated public scrutiny of MCC.’ The facility – located in downtown Manhattan – is pictured
Morrison claims workers at the correctional center attempted to cover up the cause of her husband’s death by saying ‘he died of a drug overdose and had not been physically harmed’.
While the medical examiner conducted an autopsy in the wake of Grant’s death, no report was released until partway through 2017.
It revealed Grant had no drugs or alcohol in his system, and that he had suffered numerous contusions and haemorrhages, suggesting that he suffered blunt force trauma.
He also suffered lacerations to his head, neck and torso.
Williams initially planned to sue the Federal Bureau of Prisons for $20 million, claiming the MCC ‘failed to afford reasonable oversight, supervision and security’.
According to Grant’s ex-wife, Nicole Morrison, Grant had expressed concerns that he was being ‘harassed and physically threatened’ inside the MCC prior to his death on May 19, 2015. A cell inside the MCC is pictured
However, on Friday, Judge Pauley dismissed the names of two corrections officers from the lawsuit, as well as a direct case against the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
However, he allowed a suit against the US government to proceed.
Epstein hung himself inside the MCC on August 10 – but questions remain as to how he was able to do so
Prior to his death, Grant had plead guilty to several robberies, including a $700,000 heist at the Cartier store in Manhattan.
His ex-wife is now raising his six-year-old twin daughters on her own.
Meanwhile, the MCC has been back in the spotlight following the death of Jeffrey Epstein inside its walls on August 10.
Many speculated that Epstein – who possibly had dirt on numerous wealthy and powerful men – may have been killed off inside the facility before he divulged any details.
The city’s chief examiner eventually ruled Epstein’s death a suicide.
However, just weeks before he killed himself, Epstein had made a first attempt on his own life.
Questions remain as to why the high-profile pedophile was taken off suicide watch so soon after that attempt, and why he was not being properly monitored by MCC employees at the time of his death.