Convicted Mexican drug lord Joaquin “Chapo” Guzman has appealed towards his life sentence handed down a 12 months in the past by a US court docket for trafficking tons of of tons of narcotics into the nation.
“El Chapo,” as he’s generally identified, is stored in isolation, incarcerated one of many United States’ highest safety prisons, positioned in Colorado’s mountainous desert.
“Chapo Guzman’s prosecution was marred by rampant extra and overreach, each governmental and judicial,” his lawyer Marc Fernich wrote within the attraction, offered late Friday to the Second Circuit Court docket of Appeals in New York.
The 62-year-old former chief of Mexico’s highly effective Sinaloa drug cartel, was convicted final 12 months of crimes spanning 1 / 4 of a century, together with trafficking tons of of tons of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamines and marijuana.
A lawyer for Guzman, Mariel Colon Miro, advised AFP the preliminary ruling must be annulled as a result of one of many jurors advised Vice Information he and others discovered details about the case by way of the media and social networks through the trial, which is prohibited.
She added that the whole isolation imposed on Guzman since his extradition to the US in January 2017 prevented him from collaborating on his protection each earlier than and after the trial.
“We’re very optimistic that one thing optimistic will come of this,” Miro stated, including she hoped a brand new trial could be held.
Throughout Guzman’s reign, his cartel’s empire expanded throughout the globe, its tentacles stretching from the Americas to Europe and Asia.
He managed to interrupt out of jail twice. The second time, in 2015, by way of a one-mile (1.5 kilometer) tunnel that opened in his cell’s bathe. He zoomed out by hopping on a modified bike mounted on rails.
Mexican marines captured Guzman six months later in January 2016 and he was extradited to america a 12 months later, ending his decades-long cat-and-mouse sport with the authorities.
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