NEW YORK (Reuters) – A U.S. decide on Wednesday rejected Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s bid for a brand new trial, discovering that misconduct by jurors in the course of the Mexican crime lord’s drug trafficking case was not a cause to overturn their responsible verdict.
FILE PHOTO: A person walks by the quantity 701, referring to the world’s billionaires rating given by Forbes journal in 2009 to Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, within the Mexican state of Sinaloa, Mexico February 15, 2019. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril/File Picture
Guzman sought a brand new trial in March after Vice Information revealed an interview of one of many jurors, who mentioned that a number of jurors ignored U.S. District Decide Brian Cogan’s directions to not learn or discuss in regards to the case in the course of the 11-week trial in Brooklyn federal court docket.
In response to the Feb. 20 Vice article, the jurors’ misconduct included studying and discussing articles about allegations that Guzman drugged and raped ladies as younger as 13 years outdated, accusations that Guzman’s attorneys have denied. These articles have been revealed simply two days earlier than jurors started deliberating.
Cogan wrote Wednesday that there was no cause to assume these articles swayed the jury.
“Though totally different in variety, these allegations of sexual abuse are not any extra ugly and prejudicial because the overwhelming quantity of proof that the jury heard and noticed about (Guzman) threatening, torturing and murdering folks,” the decide wrote.
Cogan additionally mentioned he wouldn’t maintain a listening to to research juror misconduct additional.
Jeffrey Lichtman, Guzman’s lawyer, mentioned in an e-mail: “This isn’t even remotely stunning as we’ve mentioned from the beginning that the Joaquin Guzman trial was extra of an inquisition, a present trial, than an train in true American justice.”
He added that “there’ll all the time be a stain of injustice on this case because the jury’s rampant misconduct was summarily swept below the rug by the court docket and the federal government.”
John Marzulli, a spokesman for the prosecutors, declined to touch upon the ruling.
Guzman, 62, was convicted on Feb. 12 on all 10 counts he confronted, after jurors heard proof from greater than 50 prosecution witnesses, providing an unprecedented take a look at the interior workings of his Sinaloa Cartel.
Prosecutors mentioned Guzman trafficked tons of cocaine, heroin, marijuana and methamphetamine into the US over twenty years, amassing energy in Mexico by way of murders and wars with rival cartels. He faces life in jail at his scheduled July 17 sentencing.
Reporting by Brendan Pierson, Modifying by Rosalba O’Brien