Wednesday, January 30, 2019

El Chapo Trial: Juror asks if Chapo is paying for his attorneys

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat-with material from Alan Feuer




Just before the government closing argument was to begin a juror had a question of Judge Cogan.

A female juror said it was important that she know if Chapo was paying for his attorneys.

Judge Cogan spoke with the juror saying, while the question "wasn't illogical" it was “impermissible under the law."

She had another question: whether Chapo had himself decided on the defense's presentation.

Judge Cogan gave the same answer.

Cogan asked the juror if she could decide the case solely on the evidence presented in the courtroom. She assured him she could.

Chapo was very involved in the decision making, resulting in a number of bad decisions. His biggest error, in my opinion, was hiring Jeffrey Lichtman, especially in the midnight hour.

Remember,  Lichtman’s first duty was the opening statement which was bungled.  He was rebuked in the midst of it by Cogan Judge who said Lichtman went 'far afield' of proof after he accused two Mexican presidents of taking bribes in statement.

What Lichtman said when he signed on shortly before trial:
“What drives me, what makes me rage-filled is the thought that anybody is not taking me seriously enough in my ability to win a case,” Lichtman said. “Nothing gets me crazier than the thought that someone thinks I can’t win or doesn’t appreciate my abilities. 
"I am at the stage now where there is not a case I think I can’t win. That is what makes me nuts. When the prosecutors are sleeping, or taking a day off, I am working. I am not working just to work. I am working to win.” 
“When you are trying a case, a difficult case, part of the significance of doing the cross-examinations is you want to the do the cross-examinations the way you want them to be done. But you also want as much face time you can in front of the jury,” he explained.

“The more time you spend with the jury, opening, and closing, the more time you spend with them the greater the relationship becomes. When you are not standing up for every witness you develop a lesser of a relationship.”
I am thinking he may choose Lichtman for the closing.  He seems enamored with the attorney.  It is difficult to figure out why.  Yes, Lichtman did well by John Gotti Jr.  but that was a decade ago.

He represented John Gotti Jr. and won a dismissal of three charges; murder conspiracy, an acquittal on a $25 million securities fraud charge, and a hung jury on every remaining count.

22 comments:

  1. Afternoon CHIVISSSSSSSS

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  2. I wonder how that came to the jury’s mind since they shouldn’t watch the news or read anything about the case ūü§≠

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  3. Sounds like one juror has some brains or experience, is not just a stooge

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  4. Jury be like what in the hell was that? 30 minutes!?!?!? Are these lawyers getting paid for this shit?!?!?!

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  5. Se escuchan rumores de las cadenas perpetuas. Ni como negar lo inevitable. - Sol Prendido

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    1. Tu que eres poeta y en el aire las compones.....

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  6. This case is a joke. This man is not able to persue the jury to finf his client innocent. These crimes were commited in mexico. Those crimes dont count in the us.

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    1. He is being framed by the US.

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    2. @10:58 your comment is worse than a joke

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    3. Hit the nail on the head there bud, maybe take a few shots so we can play it off as a drunk statement. He never trafficked multi tons into the United States, fake news!

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    4. How is it a joke? Osama bin Laden never set foot on US soil. Chapo sent drugs into the US and brought US currency back. It’s called extradition.

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    5. Appeal coming but now on pay per view american circus style!!

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    6. He ran an organization that operates in both countries so he can be charged in both countries. Under RICO laws, if you're labeled a kingpin, you can be punished here over crimes committed in another country.

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    7. Yeah in MX. He never brought drugs into the US (which is illegal btw). Fuck the recordings, fuck the texts...

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  7. I think the prosecution should have spent some time explaining Chapo's thirst for power. This blog was created at the time when the cartel violence was at its peak. There's no denying Chapo's greed played a huge part in that. I would argue more than half of those deaths were the result of his "plaza" conflicts. If a rich african scumbag buys kids rifles and jeeps he's considered a "war lord". What makes Chapo any different? He took advantage of young men's poverty and offered them a job killing "rivals" while he was out "seducing" 13 y/o girls.

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  8. 21 U.S. Code 952 Importation of a Controlled Substance, didn't happen in Mexico.

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  9. Even with him pitching himself trying to get a movie deal on the Rolling Stone video I haven’t seen anything but speculation on the prose turns behlaf. I see way more reasonable doubt that he was the boss. If he was the boss why did drugs become more available after he was arrested? They say he’s the main guy then why no drought? Too much money involved and too many shady crooked people. Ultimately the real boss is the top politician taking bribes. Chapo is a pawn.

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  10. Thank you chivis for the exceptional chapo trial coverage. I particularly like the added back story historical information and court documents. and I appreciate you answering questions from us, you answered one of mine and I was surprised.

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