Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman
Legal deliberations in the trial against the Mexican drug boss Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzmán stretched to a second week Monday, while jury members witnessed through almost two and a half months of testimony.
Guzmán, 61, stands for 10 counts, including participation in a continuing criminal company, conspiracy to launder the proceeds of narcotics, international distribution of cocaine, heroin, marijuana and other drugs and the use of firearms. He has not pleaded guilty and can be sentenced to life imprisonment in prison if he is convicted.
Jury members, who are partially sequestered, have deliberated four days last week. American marshals accompany them daily to and from the American district court in Brooklyn. A sworn court official guards the door of the room where they work and lunch is delivered.
The twelve judges – eight women and four men – deliberated until 4.15 pm. Monday without making a judgment. They asked for a testimony from two law enforcement witnesses, including a DEA agent who described various cocaine shipments. DEA agent Scott Schoonover testified that a number of the seizures belonged to the largest of his 30-year-old drug-control career.
Guzmán was brought to justice for a number of questions. Every day of deliberation is another day that he does not have to spend in solitary confinement. And he gets to see his wife, Emma. He smiled and waved to her Monday in the courtroom.
The jury will resume the deliberations on Tuesday.
Legal experts said that the drawn-out trade-offs may reflect the complicated nature of the federal case, which includes about 200 hours of testimony since mid-November, boxes of boxes with physical evidence, and 60 pages of jury instructions.
"They've heard a lot of witnesses, they've heard a lot of evidence, I'd be a bit more worried if they came back after a day or two with a verdict," said Jimmy Gurulé, a former federal prosecutor who had several cases with members of the cartel. and duped couples.
The panel has the daunting task of passing through hourly testimonies of 56 witnesses – including 14 government officials, mostly former traffickers and cartel employees – who were at the federal lawsuit in Brooklyn, New York.
Prosecutors also presented surveillance photos, intercepted phone calls and text messages and dozens of boxes with other exhibits.
Defense attorneys, on the other hand, only mentioned one witness and focused on undermining the credibility of co-operating witnesses. Lawyer Jeffrey Lichtman of Defense said that these witnesses had lied "every day of their lives & # 39; – their miserable, selfish lives. & # 39;
Guzmán, once included on Forbes' Millionaire list, was for a long time a smooth and almost legendary figure. He escaped from a Mexican prison in 2001 in a washing cart and again in 2015 through a tunnel. After he was recaptured in 2016, he was extradited to the US to deal with US federal charges.