El Chapo appeals his life sentence, claiming the trial was unfair because the judge allowed the jury to hear "flawed evidence" and the jury read about the case on the news and social media
- Mexican drug lord Joaquin & # 39; El Chapo & # 39; Guzman appealed on Friday
- He calls for this US drug conspiracy conviction to be overturned in 2019
- He argues that a judge made decisions that enabled a jury to hear flawed evidence in court
- He also claims jurors followed the process on social media, which is against the rules
- He also said the isolation prevented him from serving on his defense before and after the trial
Mexican drug lord Joaquin & # 39; El Chapo & # 39; Guzman (2017) appealed and called for his drug conspiracy conviction to be overturned in 2019
Notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin & # 39; El Chapo & # 39; Guzman wants his drug conspiracy conviction to be discarded in the US.
An appeal filed on Friday argued that a judge made decisions that enabled a jury to hear flawed evidence at Guzman's trial.
It is also reported that before reaching a guilty verdict, some jurors sought news reports of sexual abuse allegations against him that were excluded from the trial.
"Chapo Guzman's law enforcement was marred by rampant excess and excess of government and justice – unnecessary resorts when he was really the royal pillar his opponents insisted on," Guzman's lawyers said on the 245-page appeal submitted to the Second Circuit Court was submitted by appeals in New York.
Former leader of the powerful Mexican drug cartel Sinaloa was convicted of over a quarter of a century in 2019, including trafficking in hundreds of tons of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamines and marijuana.
Guzman was sentenced to life behind bars for the massive drug conspiracy that spread murder and chaos around the world.
Prior to federal trial, he had achieved almost mythical status by escaping twice from prison in Mexico, the second through a 1.6 km tunnel dug in the shower in his cell.
Guzman (center) argues that a judge made decisions that allowed a jury to hear flawed evidence at Guzman's trial and that the jury followed the case on social media, which is not admissible
Guzman (in a January 2020 court sketch) is currently serving a life sentence at a Supermax facility in Colorado, where he is being held in isolation
Six months later, in January 2016, Mexican Marines captured Guzman. In 2017 he was extradited to the United States and ended his decades-long cat-and-mouse game with the authorities. In the USA he was put in solitary confinement.
During the trial, Guzman's attorneys argued that he was the case type for other kingpins who were better at paying top Mexican politicians and law enforcement officers to protect them.
Guzman is currently in isolation and detained in one of the highest security prisons in the United States, USP Florence, a "Supermax" known as "Alcatraz of the Rockies" in Colorado's mountainous desert.
A Guzman attorney, Mariel Colon Miro, told AFP the original decision should be overturned because one of the jurors told Vice News that he and others found information about the case through the media and social networks during the trial, which is prohibited .
Miro added that the total isolation that has been imposed on Guzman since his extradition to the U.S. in January 2017 has prevented him from working together on his defense both before and after the trial.
"We are very optimistic that this will become something positive," said Miro, hoping that a new trial would take place.
During Guzman's reign, his cartel's empire expanded around the world, and its tentacles stretched from America to Europe and Asia.
The prosecutor declined to comment on Saturday.
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