Judge delays start of ‘El Chapo’ trial by two months

A federal judge in New York ruled on Monday to delay the start of the trial of accused drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman from September to November. Photo by Mario Guzman/EPA

July 17 (UPI) — A federal judge ruled Monday to delay the trial of accused drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman by two months.

U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan for the Eastern District of New York delayed the start of the trial from Sept. 5 to Nov. 5 at the request of Guzman’s lawyer, Eduardo Balarezo, after he received new evidence from prosecutors.

The trial for Guzman, who twice escaped from prisons in Mexico and was extradited to the United States last year, is expected to last 12 weeks.

Cogan previously scheduled to bring in hundreds of jurors to fill out questionnaires in mid-August.

In the same ruling, he also barred prosecutors from introducing any evidence at trial they hadn’t disclosed to the defense team before June 26.

Cogan didn’t yet issue a ruling on whether the trial would be moved from Brooklyn to Manhattan or Philadelphia.

Balarezo suggested moving the trial, stating traffic and resulting spectacle when officials close the Brooklyn Bridge for his motorcade to travel from Manhattan to Brooklyn could prejudice potential jurors.

Balarezo also previously demanded the government release evidence indicating Guzman was actually not in charge of Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel, but instead was a “middle manager.”

2 COMMENTS

  1. He is simply a innocent man if ya want my opinion the government is guilty of drug dealing there selling weed once a police officer said to me ya had to do favors to get favors then I said well the truth is the police clearly needed crime in order to increase there job salaries the police are guilty in my opinion as a matter of fact those police ratted on the rat in London Ontario they had made a fake Google account in my name so in my opinion those police are responsible for any deaths that might have occurred

  2. The government clearly is guilty of conspiracy to sell massive amounts of marijuana all over the world and marijuana edibles you name it that guy should be released because well the government is guilty of murder terrorism capital punishment spying without a warrant trust London Ontario police should be in jail for what they have done including the RCMP

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