Judge rejects Mexican drug lord El Chapo’s new trial bid
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York judge has rejected a request for a new trial by the Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo.
U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan said in a written ruling Wednesday that a “mountain range of evidence” introduced against Joaquin Guzman (hwah-KEEN’ goos-MAHN’) overcame his claims that the jury was tainted.
Cogan said any rational average juror would have convicted El Chapo based on overwhelming evidence at a trial that ended in February. Guzman was convicted of murder conspiracy and drug trafficking charges.
Defense attorneys sought a new trial, saying jurors improperly followed media coverage. They cited a Vice News report alleging jurors were aware of potentially prejudicial claims that were excluded from the trial.
Cogan said the claims lacked “extremely prejudicial conduct” required for a new trial.