El Chapo jury includes Michael Jackson impersonator

El Chapo jury includes Michael Jackson impersonator

El Chapo jury includes Michael Jackson impersonator

Those men were tried on home turf, while Guzman was extradited from Mexico in 2017.

"El Chapo" has twice escaped from Mexican prisons and is considered an extreme flight risk. There are extra precautions being taken for witnesses and jurors to ensure their safety, as well.

The judge indicated he thinks the time and expense involved would add up to a logistical nightmare - and an inconvenience for New Yorkers who rely on the bridge to commute - for a trial expected to last as long as four months.

A look at those concerns for a trial that is starting Monday with jury selection.

The marathon Brooklyn federal trial, which is expected to last more than four months, will see Guzman face the United States justice system after twice escaping prison in Mexico, once hidden in a laundry cart and then slipping down a tunnel that reached his prison shower.

American prosecutors have accused Joaquin Guzman of overseeing a multibillion-dollar drug operation and a ruthless campaign of murders and kidnappings of his rivals.

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Guzman, 61, formerly led the Sinaloa Cartel, named after its base in the Mexican state of Sinaloa, which became one of the most powerful drug trafficking organisations in the world.

Potential jurors were quizzed Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, about their attitudes on drug trafficking and how much attention they've paid to news reports about Guzman. "Probably not. The machine keeps rolling", says Rob Heroy, a North Carolina lawyer who has defended other Mexican drug barons.

Until he was recaptured in early 2016 - and extradited to the United States in 2017 - he seemed largely untouchable.

Jurors also will be escorted to and from the courthouse by federal officers and sequestered from the public while inside. Jurors will also be escorted by USA marshals to court daily while remaining anonymous throughout the trial.

It is alleged that from 1989 to 2014, the cartel smuggled at least 340,892 pounds (154,626 kilograms) of cocaine into the United States, as well as heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana, raking in $14bn (£11bn). Some are expected to testify under aliases. Others are already in jail, housed in special wings to protect them from reprisals.

He conducted a secret interview with Sean Penn, who, according to the actor, was unaware he was being surveilled by the Mexican government, and reportedly ended up being the beacon for authorities to ultimately catch up with Guzman.

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