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Brooklyn Federal judge pushes “El Chapo” trial back to September

January 11, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Brooklyn Federal judge pushes “El Chapo” trial back to September Attorneys claim the Mexican drug lored was not the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel but a lieutenant (Photo: DEA)

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Notorious drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán will have to experience in solitary a bit longer, as a judge in Brooklyn ruled Wednesday the cartel leader’s trial will now begin in September, not April as originally scheduled.

The drug lord had initially been set to stand trial on a litany of charges, which include criminal enterprise and international cocaine trafficking, starting on April 16th.

However, as the anniversary of the 60-year-old’s extradition to the U.S. approaches, Brooklyn federal court judge Brian Cogan postponed the proceeding to September, and an exact date has not been set.

The ruling occurred after the Sinaloa Cartel leader’s attorney, A. Eduardo Balarezo, request for more time to prepare for what’s anticipated to be a three- or four-month trial, the New York Post reported.

The attorney cited the restrictive limitations placed on his diminutive client as he languishes at the Metropolitan Correction Center as preventing his defense team’s ability to prepare.

Prosecutors did not oppose the request to postpone the proceeding.

“El Chapo” has frequently complained about the conditions under which he’s being held — alleging that the time alone is causing auditory hallucinations in which he hears “Mexican music” at all hours.

His lawyers have previously referred to his jailhouse conditions as “the worst, most restrictive conditions of any prisoner detained” in the U.S.

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