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Federal judge orders U.S. government to change prison conditions for “El Chapo”

October 15, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Federal judge orders U.S. government to change prison conditions for “El Chapo”

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NEW YORK — A federal district court judge in Brooklyn, New York has ordered prison officials to provide jailed Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman with new arrangements conducive for participating in his defense for his sensational upcoming drug trafficking trial.

On Thursday, U.S. Judge for Brooklyn’s Eastern District Court, Brian Cogan ordered the U.S. government to change visiting methods for Guzman, which would include adding an attorney-visiting room with a second computer monitor and a slot for passing legal documents through a partition, the Washington Post reported.

“El Chapo” pleaded not guilty to a 17-count-indictment charging him  as the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, a violent transnational criminal organization that trafficked tons of narcotics into the U.S. annually, laundered billions in illicit drug proceeds back to Mexico and engaged in a ruthless campaign of murder and kidnapping south of the border in a sustained effort to further of the expansion of the criminal enterprise.

Since Guzman’s extradition in January,  his legal team has argued that their client has remained in inhumane and overly restrictive conditions at the high-security Manhattan Corrections Center in downtown New York City, which has housed some of the most notorious terrorist, organized crime, and drug trafficking suspects.

Justice Department prosecutors have contended that the prison conditions for “El Chapo” were justified given the escaped from maximum security prisons in Mexico on two occasions.

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