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"El Chapo" – opening arguments delayed due to fearful jurors



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By Dareh Gregorian and Adam Reiss

There will be a long wait in the long-awaited trial of the infamous drug killer known as "El Chapo".

The public prosecutor's office was expected to preview a trial of Joaquin Guzman Loera ̵

1; the man they have considered "the largest drug smuggling organization in the world" – in a federal court in Brooklyn, New York on Tuesday morning.

Opening arguments were delayed after one of the 12 jurors was apologized for fear The panelist was one of seven women in the jury The panelists are kept anonymous for security reasons

Judge Brian Cogan and the case lawyers worked to to select a replacement from a pool of 10 potential jurors.

Guzman, 61, is 17 years in court – charged with drug trafficking, murder conspiracy and money laundering over a 25-year period Prosecutors say in court papers that he's Mexican Dominated by violence and chaos in the Sinaloa cartel, the cartel "produced and imported more tons of heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana to the United States "and" generated billions in profits, "according to the file.

Guzman has not pleaded guilty to the former beauty queen of Guzman, Emma Coronel Aispuro. A lawyer for Guzman had asked Cogan to allow his client to hug his wife before he opened the case, but the judge refused the request for security reasons.

Guzman escaped notoriously from two maximum security prisons in Mexico. This results in extremely high security in the courthouse, with additional metal detectors and bomb-robbing dogs.


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