El Chapo to Move for New Trial Due to Juror Misconduct as US Indicts El Chapo’s Sons
The indictment of Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman’s sons, Joaquin Guzman Lopez and Ovidio Guzman Lopez, on charges of conspiracy to distribute drugs, was unsealed by the U.S. Justice Department last week. The two are believed to live in Mexico currently, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. The unsealing of their indictment comes just days after Eduardo Balarezo, El Chapo Guzman’s lawyer, wrote a letter informing the U.S. District Court that he intended to file a motion for a new trial after a report surfaced indicating that jurors in the first trial had committed misconduct by following media accounts during the trial. This would undermine Guzman’s access to a trial by an impartial jury which is guaranteed in the 6th Amendment. In light of this news, Judge Cogan granted Balarezo’s request for an extension, giving the defense until March 28th to file the motion for a new trial. In an interesting note, it was Judge Cogan who, after the…
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