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Monday, December 10, 2018

El Chapo Trial: More insight into Emma's cell gate as prosecution withdraws request for sanctions

Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat

Wanted sanctions all around
The prosecution has withdrawn their request for sanctions against the defense team, over prohibited cell communications allegedly implemented between Emma Coronel and El Chapo.

The motion was withdrawn “without prejudice” meaning it is not dead and could be refiled.

In reading the motion one is given a greater insight as to what exactly the prosecution is saying.

Although there are two defense players pointed out in the scenario, the government wanted the entire team to be sanctioned. 

Here is what the government claims;
That they have evidence establishing a substantial likelihood that SAMs [special security measures] and courthouse rules were violated by providing a cell phone to the wife of El Chapo Emma Coronel, inside the courthouse, then visiting Chapo in the attorney-client room with a second cellular to facilitate contact between.  Prosecutors say this occurred on November 19th observed by security and security footage.

The prosecution points out that the declarations of defense team affirming they did not engage in this act, nor provided a prohibited person a cell, it points out that defense team attorney, Mirio Colon did not.  There is no filing from Colon.  There is a filing from Michael Lambert who says he did allow Emma to use his phone in order to use the translation app to answer Emma’s questions about the proceeding.

How it was done contend the prosecution:

By  providing a cellular telephone to the defendant’s wife inside the courthouse, and then visiting the defendant in the attorney-client visitation room with another cellular telephone to facilitate unauthorized contact between the two.

“The defense affidavit is silent when it comes to whether provided Ms. Coronel a telephone elsewhere in the courthouse. The implication is once again clear: gave Ms. Coronel a telephone in the courthouse.

Defense claimed it would have been impossible to communicate as there is no cell service in the attorney client room. Prosecution says this is not so.

This is based on “the United States Marshals Service testing the signal strength of Verizon and Sprint cellular telephones in the visitation area. These tests revealed that Sprint received service and Verizon did not. While highlights that co-counsel’s Verizon telephone lacked, service in the visitation area, affidavit is silent as to the fact that actually matters—whether any of the three telephones regularly brought into the courthouse”

The government picks up on the fact the defense specifically says they did not send messages from the visitation room, and the phone in question did not send or receive messages, but does not say the same or mention the other three phone.   However, it must be pointed out that was the contention to begin with, the visiting room.

So cell-gate is most likely dead.  Dying with the defense saying “not me” and the prosecution saying it is “likely” something happened.

What a waste of time and effort, since there were two private sidebar discussions with the judge about this specific issue, resulting in resolve….or so thought.


  1. Emma no cell phone in courtroom. Furthermore, Sacario 006 no weapons in courtroom.

  2. Replies
    1. 952 BB just reports information gathered, they offer knowledge translated to English. Just because Chapo is in prison, does not mean to take it out on site.

    2. B.B.= The 💩 on Narco Reporting. Go back to Blog Del Narco culero.

    3. at 9:52....maybe if Chapo whines enough to the judge, you can give him a hug and tell him how BB is being so mean to him with what they write about.

  3. Make the switch to Sprint folks .. it has better service hhahahhahahaha
    El chapo snitched guy

    1. i thought the same thing...there is a commercial waiting to happen...CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW????

    2. And here I thought Verizon was numero uno

  4. What a waist of time ? If they would have put effort into wasting in such a manor n mexico , chapo probably wouldn't have 2 escapes under his belt . These prosecutors aren't aware that Emma is a naïve hick from the hills that doesn't understand English as BB portrays her . They suspect she may be a sly and cunning criminal that comes from a family of drug traffickers , married into another family of them and has a large extended family of criminals . But what do they know ?

  5. El Senor is very clever. He managed to communicate with his wife and who knows who else while in US Marshals custody. Nobody does that and gets away with it.

  6. They need to cut the crap and give him his triple life sentence.

  7. Ummm... Emma can speak English, so why the supposed need for the translator ?

  8. Forbidding Emma contact with her partner El C is overbearing.

    Canadian girl


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