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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

‘El Chapo’s’ Lawyers Want To Change Court Venue For Drug Lord’s Trial

The lawyers for infamous drug lord Jaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman are seeking a change of venue for their client’s trial.
On Tuesday, a U.S. district judge said he was still debating whether he would move the trial, which is slated for later this year.
Guzman’s attorneys want to change the courthouse for the trial, because the route from the Manhattan jail to the Brooklyn courthouse would create an unfair spectacle for “El Chapo.”
In this image taken from video, Emma Coronel, center, wife of notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, is flanked by his defense lawyers, Eduardo Balarezo, left, and William Purpura, as she speaks with reporters, Tuesday, April 17, 2018, outside a courthouse in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey)
“We’re asking the court to try this case in the Southern District of New York, and the reason for that is that, in Manhattan because the prison there, the holding cell he’s in is contiguous to the courthouse and you wouldn’t have the display, you know, of bringing Mr. Guzman from Manhattan here to Brooklyn, then we have to close the Brooklyn Bridge, explained defense attorney William Purpura. “It is such an inference that the man is guilty or the man is dangerous when you have a cavalcade of police cars.”
The infamous drug lord’s lawyers also said they turned over a sealed summary of their legal defense to the judge, but said the government does not have the right to view it and its the prosecutors burden to prove “El Chapo” guilty.

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