The 'Chapo' Guzmán claims to be subjected to a new trial for the jury's conduct
Mexican drug trafficker Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán has claimed Tuesday to be subjected to a new trial for the inappropriate conduct of the jury, as argued by the defense in his request.
In a presentation before the federal court in New York, the lawyers of Cha El Chapo ’Guzmán have argued that they believed that the inappropriate jury behavior He had deprived his client of his constitutional right to have a fair trial.
The possibility of presenting the petition was advanced in February, after one of the jurors who condemned him declared for ‘Vice News’ that the jury read media articles about the case despite having direct instructions from the judge not to do so.
Guzman was found guilty on February 12 of running a criminal organization as the leader of the Mexican Sinaloa cartel, in addition to being convicted of drug trafficking, arms trafficking and money laundering, among other charges.
He faces a life sentence without the possibility of reducing sentences. The Mexican co narco ’rose to the position of the most wanted criminal in the United States after the death of former Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in 2011.
As part of the extraordinary security measures surrounding the trial, jurors were taken to court every day by armed officers and their names were never made public. Prosecutors said the measures were necessary due to Guzman's story of intimidating witnesses.
Guzman twice escaped from prison in Mexico before his final capture in January 2016. He was extradited to the United States in January 2017.
The Sinaloa Poster It still has the largest presence of distribution of Mexican cartels in the United States, followed by the rapid growth of the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel, according to the United States Drug Control Administration.