By Townhall. Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s legal team on Friday announced that they would be seeking a new trial for the alleged Mexican drug lord. According to Guzman’s team, multiple jurors violated a federal judge’s instructions when they followed the media’s account of the trial, the Associated Press reported.
Guzman’s team plans to ask U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan to perform an evidentiary hearing “to determine the extent of the misconduct.”
The decision comes after a VICE News article was published with an interview from one of the jurors. In the interview, the juror said at least five other jurors broke protocol and followed media coverage of the case. (Read more from “El Chapo’s Team Believes He Deserves Another Trial. Here’s Why.” HERE)
Inside El Chapo’s Jury
By VICE. For the first time since the trial of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán ended on Feb. 12, a member of the jury has described what it was like be part of the historic case.
In an exclusive interview with VICE News, the juror claimed that at least five fellow jurors violated the judge’s orders by following the case in the media during the trial. The juror also shared details of the deliberations, the extraordinary security precautions that were in place, and the jury’s views on Chapo, his lawyers, the prosecution, and several key witnesses.
The jury deliberations dragged on for six days largely because of one stubborn holdout, the juror claimed. The juror said another factor before the deliberations began was the prospect that Chapo would be forced to spend the rest of his life alone in a prison cell. . .
Now that Chapo has been convicted, he’ll likely be sent to the so-called “Alcatraz of the Rockies,” a federal “supermax” prison in Colorado where many high-profile inmates are kept in solitary. (Read more from “Inside El Chapo’s Jury” HERE)