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Jury in 'El Chapo's' U.S. trial to begin second week of deliberations


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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Reuters.com: “Jury in 'El Chapo's' U.S. trial to begin second week of deliberations”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Jurors are expected to begin their second week of deliberations on Monday morning in the trial of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who rose to fame as Mexico’s most feared drug kingpin and now faces life in prison if found guilty.

The 12 jurors began deliberating in federal court in Brooklyn last Monday, and were dismissed for the week on Thursday afternoon. The lack of a verdict in the first week seemed to please Guzman, who grinned and hugged one of his lawyers before he was led out of the courtroom.

Guzman, 61, is accused of trafficking tons of cocaine, heroin, marijuana and methamphetamine into the United States as leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, named for his home state in northwestern Mexico.

Guzman escaped twice from maximum-security Mexican prisons before his final capture in January 2016. He was extradited to the United States a year later. Small in stature, Guzman’s nickname means “Shorty.”

His defense has argued that Guzman was set up as a “fall guy” by Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, a drug kingpin from Sinaloa who remains at large. Prosecutors have said Guzman and Zambada were partners.

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