By Brendan Pierson
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Jurors are anticipated to start their second week of deliberations on Monday morning within the trial of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who rose to fame as Mexico’s most feared drug kingpin and now faces life in jail if discovered responsible.
The 12 jurors started deliberating in federal courtroom in Brooklyn final Monday, and have been dismissed for the week on Thursday afternoon. The dearth of a verdict within the first week appeared to please Guzman, who grinned and hugged considered one of his attorneys earlier than he was led out of the courtroom.
Guzman, 61, is accused of trafficking tons of cocaine, heroin, marijuana and methamphetamine into america as chief of the Sinaloa Cartel, named for his house state in northwestern Mexico.
Guzman escaped twice from maximum-security Mexican prisons earlier than his closing seize in January 2016. He was extradited to america a 12 months later. Small in stature, Guzman’s nickname means “Shorty.”
His protection has argued that Guzman was arrange as a “fall man” by Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, a drug kingpin from Sinaloa who stays at massive. Prosecutors have mentioned Guzman and Zambada have been companions.
Greater than 50 witnesses testified in the course of the 11-week trial, together with 14 former associates of Guzman who had agreed to cooperate with U.S. prosecutors.
The cooperators, most of whom had pleaded responsible to U.S. drug fees, provided detailed accounts of the Sinaloa Cartel’s inside workings and Guzman’s purported position as boss, describing his lavish life-style and penchant for murdering his enemies.
In a sequence of notes final week, the jury sought solutions to authorized questions and requested to evaluation days of testimony from a number of of the cooperators. The notes steered that the jury is poring over the voluminous proof from the trial intimately, however provided no agency clues about how they could resolve, or whether or not they have disagreements amongst themselves.
The jury requested to evaluation the entire testimony of Zambada’s brother, Jesus “El Rey” Zambada, and his son, Vicente Zambada; of Guzman’s former prime lieutenant, Damaso Lopez; and of the Colombian drug trafficking brothers Jorgue and Alex Cifuentes. In addition they requested to evaluation a portion of the testimony from Juan Carlos “Chupeta” Ramirez, a former Colombian kingpin who mentioned he was Guzman’s prime cocaine provider for years.
(Reporting By Brendan Pierson in New York; modifying by Grant McCool)