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‘El Chapo’ loses bid for new trial in U.S. drug trafficking case

A U.S. choose on Wednesday rejected Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s bid for a brand new trial, discovering that misconduct by jurors in the course of the Mexican crime lord’s drug trafficking case was not a purpose to overturn their responsible verdict.

Guzman sought a brand new trial in March after Vice Information revealed an interview with one of many jurors, who mentioned that a number of jurors ignored U.S. District Decide Brian Cogan’s directions to not learn or speak in regards to the case in the course of the 11-week trial in Brooklyn, N.Y., federal court docket.

In accordance with the Feb. 20 Vice article, the jurors’ misconduct included studying and discussing articles about allegations that Guzman drugged and raped ladies as younger as 13 years previous, accusations that Guzman’s legal professionals have denied.

These articles had been revealed simply two days earlier than jurors started deliberating.

Cogan wrote Wednesday that there was no purpose to suppose these articles swayed the jury.

“Although different in kind, these allegations of sexual abuse are no more gruesome and prejudicial as the overwhelming amount of evidence that the jury heard and saw about [Guzman] threatening, torturing and murdering people,” the choose wrote.

Cogan additionally mentioned he wouldn’t maintain a listening to to research juror misconduct additional.

‘Present trial’

Jeffrey Lichtman, Guzman’s lawyer, mentioned in an e-mail: “This isn’t even remotely surprising as we’ve said from the start that the Joaquin Guzman trial was more of an inquisition, a show trial, than an exercise in true American justice.”

He added that “there will always be a stain of injustice on this case as the jury’s rampant misconduct was summarily swept under the rug by the court and the government.”

John Marzulli, a spokesperson for the prosecutors, declined to touch upon the ruling.

Guzman, 62, was convicted on Feb. 12 on all 10 counts he confronted, after jurors heard proof from greater than 50 prosecution witnesses providing an unprecedented have a look at the interior workings of his Sinaloa Cartel.

Prosecutors mentioned Guzman trafficked tons of cocaine, heroin, marijuana and methamphetamine into america over two many years, amassing energy in Mexico by way of murders and wars with rival cartels. He faces life in jail at his scheduled July 17 sentencing. 

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