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Attorneys for “El Chapo”: Lives of jurors not in jeopardy

January 25, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
Attorneys for “El Chapo”: Lives of jurors not in jeopardy

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Attorneys for jailed Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman says the lives of the jurors in his sensational upcoming criminal case will not be in jeopardy so it’s not necessary to sequester the panel.

The legal team for the nefarious leader of the Sinaloa Cartel filed legal documents in Brooklyn Federal Court objecting to a motion by federal prosecutors to impanel anonymous jurors during his upcoming trial.

Prosecutors also asked Brooklyn Federal Judge Brian Cogan to provide members of the jury with armed security to and from a secure location during the criminal proceeding.

“El Chapo” faces a 17-count indictment charging him with running a murderous transnational criminal enterprise that imported millions of tons of narcotics into the United States.

Justice Department prosecutors fear the kingpin’s cartel lieutenants could pose a danger to the lives of the jurors because of his history of engaging in violence and tampering with judicial proceedings to evade prosecution.

Guzman’s attorney defense attorney A. Eduardo Balarezo blasted the actions taken by prosecutors in recent court filings, maintaining that sequestering the jury would “create the extremely unfair impression that he is a dangerous person from whom the jury must be protected.”

Attorneys further stated that the charges facing their client are merely allegations of violence corroborated only by protected witnesses who would be rewarded with a reduction of their own prison sentences for their unwarranted testimony against their client.

Guzman’s trial is slated to begin in September. The judge has yet to rule the recent court filings.

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