NEW YORK CITY – Attorneys on Monday filed their lawsuit against accused drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, who told the trial judge he would not comment on his defense.
"I've spoken to my lawyers and I'm going to make reservations," Guzman told US District Judge Brian Cogan in Spanish when asked if he wanted to testify. Cogan asked Guzman if he had been fully informed about his credentials and was sure he would abolish this right. Guzman answered both questions with yes before sitting down.
The prosecution has summoned 56 witnesses to testify against Guzman since the mid-November trial began. In contrast, Guzman's lawyers should only call two defense witnesses. Both should testify on Tuesday before the closing argument Wednesday and Thursday. Judge Cogan said the jury could begin discussions on Thursday afternoon.
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The Negotiation Earlier Received an Unexpected Dose of Hollywood Taste As the actor who played Guzman in the hit Netflix series "Narcos: Mexico", Took place in the courtroom behind Guzman.
Mexican actor Alejandro Edda said he had come to Brooklyn federal court as part of his investigation. He said he had never seen Guzman before, Edda said it was "surreal" to see the man close to the murderous Sinaloa Cartel up close.
Edda's presence in the courtroom caused a sensation, prompting a US Marshal to remind those present: "No hand gestures, no thumbs. This is not a Comedy Central. No laughter.
When Edda spoke after leaving the court, he was shocked to see Guzman for the first time ̵
Edda noted that as a Mexican well-known for his reputation as Sinaloa, he felt very sad for the alleged crimes committed by Guzman. And he seemed to have already decided on Guzman's fate.
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. "I think he is guilty, there are many terrible things he has done." He told reporters outside the courtroom, "The sad part is that I know he is not the only one, I know that not only The Sinaloans are the bad guys, but there are also many villains around us. "
Edda did not speak to Guzman – who clearly knew who the actor was and seemed to enjoy his presence – but he I had the time, Emma Coronel Aispuro, Chapo's wife, who was present throughout the process, exchanged a kiss on the cheek as they greeted each other, chatted briefly, and rode a lift together.
Bryan Llenas contributed to this Report at