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Monday, October 25, 2021

Appeals Court Hears Claims Of Jury Bias At 'El Chapo' Trial

"Sol Prendido" for Borderland Beat

A lawyer for Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman says the U.S. conspiracy conviction of the notorious Mexican drug lord should be thrown out.

An appeals court should overturn the U.S. conspiracy conviction of notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman because of claims that his anonymous jury flouted warnings to avoid media accounts of the case, a lawyer for Guzman urged a three-judge panel on Monday, catching the attention of at least one judge.

In oral arguments before the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York, attorney Marc Fernich cited a news report that during deliberations jurors were exposed to salacious claims that were barred from the trial, including that Guzman sexually abused girls he referred to as “vitamins” that gave him energy.

Fernich argued the court should order a new trial or at least call for a hearing on the alleged jury misconduct. He asked the judges to resist any “punitive impulse” toward someone who was cast as a “public enemy” like gangster Al Capone.

“The guy is going to be in a box for the rest of his life,” Fernich said. “I’m not asking you to play violins for him. This is his last shot.

The legal claims resonated with Circuit Judge Gerard E. Lynch, who said it was “a not bad argument.”

“This is serious stuff,” the judge later added.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Hiral Mehta argued the lower court was right to reject the defense request for a hearing on the jury issue because there was no valid evidence of misconduct.

He said the Vice News report — based on a post-conviction interview with a juror who wasn’t named — amounted to “hearsay and double hearsay.”

Guzman was sentenced in 2019 to life behind bars for a massive drug conspiracy that spread murder and mayhem for more than two decades.

Before the federal case, he had attained near-mythical status by escaping from prison twice in Mexico, the second time through a tunnel dug into the shower of his cell. He was recaptured and sent in 2017 to the United States and put in solitary confinement.

At trial, Guzman’s lawyers argued he was the fall guy for other kingpins who were better at paying off top Mexican politicians and law enforcement officials to protect them.

The judges, while sounding open to the arguments about potential juror prejudice, showed less patience with another claim that Guzman’s defense was unfairly hindered by the strict terms of confinement that were imposed in response to his reputation as an escape artist.

Lynch challenged Fernich’s characterization that Guzman was thrown into a “modern dungeon,” pointing out that his lawyers had constant access to him leading up to the trial.

“He’s not isolated from the world,” Lynch said. “He’s seeing people on a regular basis.”

The panel will rule at a later date

US News


  1. Animo Sicarios!! Animo Viejon !!

    Muy pronto saldra libre el Señor !
    Aqui lo esperamos en Culiacan para que nos comamos unos tacos de carnitas con un Buchanon del 18.

    "Vestido de militar y al mando de mucha gente
    Así anda el Chapo Guzmán por la sierra sinaloense
    No lo han podido agarrar, le temen más que a la muerte
    Nomás de oírlo mentar
    Casi les pega diabetes
    Es muy grande su poder, está más que comprobado
    La gente que anda con él son civiles y soldados
    Traen armas de alto poder que muy pocos han usado
    Les teme hasta Lucifer
    Así es que, tengan cuidado
    Son muchos los que lo buscan, son más los que lo protegen
    La sierra de punta a punta son los terrenos del jefe
    Ciudades, pueblos y rutas también controla su gente
    Si tienen una pregunta
    Hágansela al de los lentes
    No hay nada qué discutir, el Chapo sigue rifando
    Su gente siempre anda al mil, donde quiera trabajando
    El polvo y el cannabis se siguen diario exportando
    Los gringos no tienen fin
    Siguen y siguen comprando
    Es muy astuto el señor, no cabe la menor duda
    Se les fugó de prisión, hoy disfruta su fortuna
    'Al diablo la extradición, me pelan la dentadura'
    Le dijo a Bush y a Fox
    El señorón de La Tuna
    Son muchos los que lo buscan, son más los que lo protegen
    La sierra de punta a punta son los terrenos del jefe
    Ciudades, pueblos y rutas también controla su gente
    Si tienen una pregunta
    Hágansela al de los lentes"

    1. I regret to inform you that due, to all the crimes Chapo produced.
      He will not be free anytime soon.
      Sorry cheerleaders.

    2. I still see the attachments being allowed by this clown. A reality check as to why have left & refrained from even taking this site seriously.

    3. Unknown thug
      The translaters are not making up stories, they post from Spanish to English as volunteer, they don't get paid, and we don't pay a fee.

  2. Animo Sicarios!!

    La Chapiza Lives Matter!
    Free El Señor #701!

    1. That's true Chapo is a freshman in prison. He won't be out whatsoever. By the way, what the story on Chapos mom, last I heard, she was in the hospital with covid19.

  3. If Bill Cosby got off...I Don't Doubt THE MAGIC MAN can do it Again. Legally this time. Mexican Government realizing just how much they really need him. He Kept order in Mexico. Without order, you have nothing

    1. Da Vaca
      Bill Crosby crimes compared to Chapo, don't compare.
      Chapo had people murdered, he had tons of drugs shipped into USA.
      I am sorry to pop your shiny Red ballon. Bit Chapo is not getting out.

    2. They did fuck chapo over because the other article I read on vice that one of the jurors saw a Twitter post and told the rest of the jurors including the 2 alternate jurors everything and he told them that judge cogan might questions them and he did before he questioned them the juror that told everybody told them to not say a word and keep a straight face in case the judge questioned them. That’s juror misconduct and as bad as chapo was he still needs a fair trial. If not they are gonna fight to get his case thrown out and he’s gonna walk.

    3. I regret to inform you that due to unforeseen circumstances, Chapo will not be let out. Overwhelming evidence, murders, wiretaps, witnesses. Sorry but you can continue to dream.

    4. Da Vaca
      Forget it.
      Your better off cheerleading for the Capitos brothers.


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