"El Chapo" Press Conference in Brooklyn

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is quite the rock star -- to the female inmates at MCC New York who repeatedly chanted out his name as he arrived in their midst.

The press conference this morning began with typical government hyperbole:

“In short, he is a man who has known no other life than one of crime, violence, death and destruction.”

The truth is that he is also a husband, father, and son who is loved by his mother, wife and children. He is someone who is respected, not just feared, in his part of Mexico.

Did the prosecutor mention when discussing that his "associates dug a tunnel from a home a mile away directly into his shower" that it would not have been possible but for corrupt jail and political officials, many of whom are now locked up? Without the corruption among Mexico's police, politicians and army, there would no cartels as vast as those that exist in Mexico. The drug lords are but a part of the equation.

The Government filed a 56 page brief in support of detention pending trial (no bail.) It's filled with photos of boats that big loads of drugs were seized from. [More...]

The case has been reassigned to Judge Brian M. Cogan. (It had been assigned to Judge Sandra L. Townes.)

If you are looking for the charges, they have been changed several times. The pending Indictment is dated May, 2016.

No counsel have entered an appearance on the docket as yet for El Chapo.

I wrote a long post on this last night (the timing, the politics involved, etc.) and will edit and post over the weekend.

If you are new here, this is a defense-oriented site, and all of my coverage will be from the defense perspective.

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    Mexico 1, USA 0... (none / 0) (#1)
    by kdog on Fri Jan 20, 2017 at 05:22:51 PM EST
    is the early tally in one of our many new cold wars. We're paying for not one but 4 walls, with bars. Sad!

    "4 walls" - lol, kdog. (none / 0) (#2)
    by Mr Natural on Sat Jan 28, 2017 at 09:30:00 AM EST
    good one.  I've been away.