El Chapo trial draws 1,000 potential jurors with Brooklynites in the pool
Army of potential panelists is more than 10 times larger than normal
Everybody’s in the pool!
Brooklynites will be thrown into a pool of around 1,000 potential jurors needed to seat a jury to decide the fate of alleged Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman when his trial begins in September in Brooklyn federal court, a federal judge confirmed Tuesday.
Judge Brian Cogan accepted — but was also awed by — the sheer size of the jury pool requested by both prosecutors and Guzman’s defense team for the trial expected to last up to four months.
“I don’t know if that’s ever been done before, but we’ll do it,” Cogan said in court as Guzman, 60, stared at his wife in the audience.