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The Latest: El Chapo lawyer: Defense has nothing to prove

November 13, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest from the New York trial of the Mexican drug lord known as “El Chapo” (all times local):

Noon:

A lawyer for the Mexican drug lord known as “El Chapo” says he’s ready to defend his client and has nothing to prove.

Eduardo Balarezo spoke to journalists on Tuesday while entering the highly secured Brooklyn federal courthouse where Joaquin Guzman (wah-KEEN’ gooz-MAHN’) is being tried.

One of the jurors was excused shortly before opening statements were set to begin. The reason was unclear.

The lawyers and judge have been working to select a replacement. It’s not known how long that will take.

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11:20 a.m.

Opening statements in the U.S. trial of Mexican drug lord known as “El Chapo” have been delayed because of a problem seating a full jury.

One of the jurors selected for the New York City trial of Joaquin Guzman (wah-KEEN’ gooz-MAHN’) was excused shortly before the trial was set to open on Tuesday.

The reason was unclear.

The lawyers and judge were working to select a replacement from a pool of potential jurors who had previously been considered for the trial but hadn’t made the final cut.

It wasn’t known how long it would take to get the alternate on the jury so both sides could make their opening statements.

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10:20 a.m.

The notorious Mexican drug lord known as “El Chapo” is being tried in New York City amid intense security measures.

The wife of defendant Joaquin Guzman (wah-KEEN’ gooz-MAHN’) entered a Brooklyn courthouse on Tuesday to watch opening statements at his trial.

The defendant’s history of violence has prompted patrols by heavily armed officers outside the Brooklyn courthouse.

The jury is anonymous.

Guzman also has been held in solitary confinement and barred from seeing his wife out of concerns he could pass messages to his cohorts.

The evidence will include the testimony of more than a dozen cooperating witnesses who prosecutors say are risking retribution. There also will be evidence about multiple murders committed in drug wars in Mexico, cocaine smuggling and Guzman’s brazen escapes from jail.

His lawyers say he’s being framed by cooperators.

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12:01 a.m.

A U.S. jury is set to hear an epic tale about the notorious Mexican drug lord known as “El Chapo.”

Opening statements at the trial of Joaquin Guzman are to begin Tuesday morning in a New York City courtroom under tight security.

The evidence will include the testimony of more than a dozen cooperating witnesses who prosecutors say are risking retribution by taking the stand. There also will be evidence about multiple murders committed in drug wars in Mexico, about cocaine smuggled in jalapenos cans and Guzman’s brazen escapes from jail.

His arrest and extradition to New York City shook up Mexico’s drug underworld and remains a big story there.

He could face life in prison if convicted of drug-trafficking charges. His lawyers say he’s being framed by the cooperators.

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