Any news of petty indignities being visited upon this degenerate is enjoyable. And — fingers crossed! — I do think the feds will prevent her from following Epstein’s lead by killing herself. It’s hard enough to convince Americans that he died by his own hand even though it’s all too plausible that the feds might have fallen down on the simple job of keeping him alive. If Maxwell managed to slip through their fingers due to incompetence as well, there’s not a man or woman alive in the United States who could be convinced afterward that she wasn’t murdered.

As a matter of basic, basic, basic public trust in the institution, the DOJ needs to make sure she stands trial.

Let’s be real, though. The fantasy we’re all having about Maxwell rolling over on the entire Epstein pedo ring is unlikely to be realized. Unless the fabled videotapes exist and Maxwell’s kept them, the feds would have trouble making anything stick to someone she accuses. And just generally, it’s always foolish to bet on the rich and well-connected being made to pay for their crimes in America. It does happen occasionally and it’s deeply gratifying when it does. Certainly, there’s a fair chance that Maxwell herself will be put away.

But it’s the exception to the rule. Most or all of the Epstein rape cartel will get off scot-free, potentially including Ghislaine herself. So let’s appreciate Maxwell’s daily misery right now for its own sake, as it may be the most justice can deliver in the Epstein horror.

Federal officials were so worried Jeffrey Epstein’s longtime confidante Ghislaine Maxwell might take her own life after her arrest that they took away her clothes and sheets and made her wear paper attire while in custody, an official familiar with the matter told The Associated Press…

The Justice Department has implemented additional safety protocols and federal officials, outside of the Bureau of Prisons, have been specifically tasked with ensuring there’s adequate protection and the prisons protocols are being followed, the official said. The protections are in case she harms herself, and in case other inmates wish to harm her…

The other protocols put in place for Maxwell’s confinement include ensuring that she has a roommate in her cell, is monitored and making sure someone is always with her while she’s behind bars, the official said.

Ensuring she has a roommate? Granted, that’ll guarantee at least one pair of eyes on her for most of the day, but it presents its own problems. A former warden of the federal lock-up in Brooklyn where Maxwell’s being held told the New York Post that she should be on suicide watch 24/7 so that she doesn’t pull Epstein’s escape — while adding that she should be placed in a cell by herself. Why? Because pedophiles and their enablers are at the bottom of the hierarchy in prison, making them targets for other inmates. And Maxwell, due to her notoriety, would be a target regardless. (The inmates at the New Hampshire jail where she was held initially reportedly weren’t fans.) “To take someone out like that, that would be a badge of honor in the subculture of prisons,” said the former warden to the Post.

So what’s she doing with a roommate? Wasn’t Epstein’s roommate suspected for a time in his death?

Ed sends along this even more enjoyable story about how the feds finally moved in on Maxwell’s hideout in New Hampshire. Did they need dozens of cops from at least four different federal and state agencies to storm the place in order to take down a fiftysomething British socialite? Certainly not. Am I glad they used dozens of cops from at least four different federal and state agencies to take her down? You betcha.

After using bolt cutters to break the lock on a metal gate, the teams “drove at speed up the half-mile driveway in a convoy of 15 vehicles,” an officer told the paper.

“And let’s just say, we didn’t knock politely on the door,” the officer said. “It was smashed down.”

Maxwell was “up and dressed” and wearing “sweatpants and a top” in the living room when they burst in, the officer said…

“Strangely she didn’t seem to have much reaction. It was like it wasn’t registering with her,” the officer told the UK paper.

The source estimated that it cost $5 million at least to hunt her down, replete with spy planes used to surveil her home. I like to imagine her reading, with a cup of morning tea beside her and music playing softly in the background, when these dudes came through the door like Kool-Aid Man busting through a wall. I wonder how many hours it was between the time the cuffs were slapped on and the time her new paper gown was issued to her. Answer: Too many.

Bill Barr was asked yesterday by ABC if he’s confident that Maxwell will stand trial. Big time, he said. And his department still wants to talk to Prince Andrew.