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Lawyers for Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán say prosecutors secretly communicated with Judge

May 31, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Lawyers for Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán say prosecutors secretly communicated with Judge

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The attorneys for Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, the infamous leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, are ripping federal prosecutors for using secret channels of communication to speak with the Brooklyn Federal judge without their knowledge.

New court filings filed on behalf of the Mexican drug lord to Federal District Court Judge Brian Cogan requests a summary of all redacted documents, which detail all secret communications that have taken place between government prosecutors and the judge in past and future filings.

Since Guzman’s extradition in January from Mexico, the filings claim that prosecutors have petitioned the judge without “El Chapo’s” defense attorneys being present on at least four occasions.

“El Chapo” was extradited to New York back on January 19th

The court action taken by the defense attorneys is part of an overall strategy to argue that their notorious client should be allowed to access his lawyers in Mexico.

Additionally, his legal team seeks to limit his interactions with his beauty queen wife, the New York Post reported.

Furthermore, lawyers say the repeated conduct by Brooklyn federal prosecutors infringes on the rights of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán to receive a fair trial.

Guzman faces a 17-count indictment charging him with heading the Sinaloa Federation Cartel, a transnational criminal enterprise responsible for trafficking multi-ton quantities of narcotics into the United States for three decades, along with murder, conspiracy, arms trafficking, and money laundering.

Judge Cogan has yet to issue a decision on the motion.

The trial is scheduled to begin in April 2018.

 

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