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Federal Judge delays trial of “El Chapo”

July 18, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
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A federal district court judge has delayed the trial of nefarious Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to November.

Brooklyn federal judge Brian Cogan agreed Monday to push back the sensational trial of the Sinaloa Cartel leader to November 5th, two months later than scheduled.

The ruling comes after attorneys for the Sinaloa Cartel leader requested a five-month delay to further review evidence due to the U.S. attorney prosecuting the case overwhelming the defense with late evidence disclosures.

Federal Prosecutors had argued for only a one-month delay, according to the New York Post.

Additionally, Cogan prohibited prosecutors from presenting any new evidence at trial that they neglected to disclose to the defense prior to June 26th.

“El Chapo” faces a mandatory life prison sentence if convicted for leading a murderous transnational criminal organization responsible for trafficking multi-ton quantities of narcotics into the United States.

The judge is also still mulling a request by Guzman’s legal team to move the trial to Manhattan or keep the case in Brooklyn.

Lawyers claim it would be easier for authorities to move their client from his holding cell in Manhattan rather than transport the drug lord under heavy security across the East River to Brooklyn.

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