Christopher Worrell Case Update
The government recently unsealed his indictment and they added enhancements of Dangerous or Deadly weapon - using a dangerous and a deadly weapon two clear distinctions that most will conflate
Now that’s what one could refer to as “just in the nick of time” - On March 12, 2021, Christopher Worrell was charged via criminal complaint, further discussed here - Worrell gleefully assaulted numerous law enforcement officers. The affidavit proffered photographic evidence that Worrell’s assault was intentional and let’s not forget about his 2009 criminal behavior. Where he impersonated being a law enforcement officer and unlawfully attempted to pulled over a woman.1
There have been several developments in Defendant Worrell’s criminal case. As a general rule I rarely, if ever discuss a defendant’s medical conditions, particularly while they are in custody. That said I think it’s important for you to know both the context and content of the ongoing developments in Defendant Worrell’s case.
It is also important to note that Worrell was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2007. That was about two year before he was arrested and charged for :impersonating a law enforcement officer2
March 26, 2021 Emergency Motion
Document No 16 - Emergency MOTION for Reconsideration re 13 ORDER of DETENTION PENDING TRIAL filed by CHRISTOPHER JOHN WORRELL by CHRISTOPHER JOHN WORRELL (Attachments: # 1 Memorandum in Support, # 2 Declaration of John M. Pierce, # 3 Exhibit A, # 4 Exhibit B, # 5 Exhibit C, # 6 Exhibit D, # 7 [Proposed] Order)
Defendant Worrell’s predicates for his emergency motion;
suffers from—and is currently undergoing treatment for—nonHodgkin’s lymphoma and must be released so that he can continue receiving treatment;
immune system has been compromised by the cancer, making him highly susceptible to COVID-19.
The record reflects, on March 12, 2021 Defendant Worrell was “admitted” to the Charlotte County Jail. The Affidavit of Charlotte County Jail Health Services Administrator Bonnie Gould-Hanlon, affirms certain facts.
For Example Defendant Worrell informed Pretrial Services of his cancer diagnosis. He provided a list of medications… as the Gould-Hanlon Affidavit states, the Defendant “requested several prescription medications, all but one of which was provided to him within a few days” -Jail staff repeatedly attempted to reach the Defendant’s prescribing Doctor -to no avail. The issue is one of the prescriptions does not authorize refills. Therefore the Jail Medical Staff needs authorization from the Defendant’s doctor.
March 31, 2021 Opposition by USA
Document No 19 Memorandum in Opposition by USA as to CHRISTOPHER JOHN WORRELL re 16 Emergency MOTION for Reconsideration re 14 Notice of Attorney Appearance - Defendant filed by CHRISTOPHER JOHN WORRELL (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1)
the footnote on page 6 of the Government’s response is excoriating and it’s the jurisprudence equivalent of “nice try but your arguments are weak AF” -try again. That was on top of the Government telling the Court that Affidavit of Worrell’s doctor indicates his Doctor has spoken to him (on several occasions) but has yet to return the Jail’s medical staff calls about the particular prescription which the Dr wrote as “no refills”
April 1, 2021 MINUTE ORDER (paperless) DIRECTING, upon consideration of the government's 19 Memorandum in Opposition, that defendant file, by April 5, 2021 at 12:00 PM
Document No 22 REPLY TO OPPOSITION to Motion by CHRISTOPHER JOHN WORREL
April 5, 2021 MINUTE ORDER (paperless) as to CHRISTOPHER JOHN WORRELL, DIRECTING defendant to explain, by April 6, 2021 at 11:00 AM, his failure to comply with this Court's April 1, 2021 minute order by 12:00 PM today as directed,
Document No 23 RESPONSE by CHRISTOPHER JOHN WORRELL re Order
Document No 24 RESPONSE by USA as to CHRISTOPHER JOHN WORRELL re Order
Over 300 individuals have been charged in connection with the Capitol Attack. The investigation continues and the government expects that at least one hundred additional individuals will be charged.
April 7, 2021 MINUTE ORDER as to CHRISTOPHER JOHN WORRELL (1) A status conference has been scheduled in this case for 4/8/21. The Court has been informed that Defendant, who is detained pending trial, will be in transit to this jurisdiction at that time and will arrive within 48 hours
Being detained and held without bond has caused significant emotional distress to Mr. Worrell, and will continue to do so. Mr. Worrell has a right to a speedy trial, and that right recognizes that pre-trial detention and a lengthy period of delay leading up to trial only magnifies the stress, uncertainty, psychological pressure and damage to which a defendant in custody is subject
In short Defendant Worrell has placed his bets on his 2007 cancer diagnosis, the COVID-19 outbreak. Of which the government has properly addressed by informing the Court to date there are only two confirmed cases and those prisoners are held in a completely different POD than Worrell
April 9, 2021 Indictment
When comparing the original March 2021 criminal complaint to the April 2021 Indictment, a cursory read of both documents, the addition (enhancement) is the “with a dangerous or deadly weapon”
with one important distinction as to 18 U.S.C. §§111 (a)(1) and (b) which delineates “using a dangerous weapon”. That’s an important detail. See Counts Three and Six of the Indictment. And the added enhancement 18 U.S.C. §1752(a)(4) and (b)(1)(A)3
Whoever, in the commission of any acts described in subsection (a), uses a deadly or dangerous weapon (including a weapon intended to cause death or danger but that fails to do so by reason of a defective component) or inflicts bodily injury, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both.
MINUTE ORDER -Arraignment set for 4/14/2021 at 03:30 PM by videoconference before Judge Royce C. Lamberth. Signed by Judge Royce C. Lamberth on 4/12/2021. The Court still needs to rule on Worrell’s emergency motion -his arraignment scheduled for tomorrow..5 and now you should be caught up on this case - for the record his DDC MJCase was terminate and subsequently merged with his DDC Criminal Case No: 1:21-cr-00292. Yes I know that’s kind of confusing but that’s why I’ve previously explained the differences between a MJ and CR case
MINUTE ORDER (DDC Criminal Case Docket Case No 1:21-cr-00292) -
and now you are completely caught up on Worrell’s case. As previously mentioned the Court has yet to rule on his Emergency Reconsideration Motion. Notwithstanding since Worrell has been transported to DC (which is the original jurisdiction) its possible the Court will rule DENIED because it’s now moot. But I might be getting ahead of my skis so there’s that fun nugget of self deprecating humor. whispers moot not to be confused with mute. <—snort —ends scene
2010 Naples FL criminal case - Worrell impersonating a LEO - the 2009 Police Report - again look at page 3 -that is what Worrell had “on him” at the time of arrest
Government Printing Office - enhancement 18 U.S.C. §1752(a)(4) and (b)(1)(A)-Restricted building or grounds, Last visited April 11, 2021 - https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/USCODE-2011-title18/pdf/USCODE-2011-title18-partI-chap84-sec1752.pdf
Government Printing Office - 18 U.S.C §§111(a)(1) and (b) Enhanced Penalty - last visited April 12, 2021 - https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/USCODE-2011-title18/pdf/USCODE-2011-title18-partI-chap7-sec111.pdf