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Judge refuses to delay Brooklyn trial of ‘El Chapo’

September 20, 2018 Associated Press
A sketch of court from Thursday's appearance depicts Assistant U.S. Attorneys Andrea Goldberg and Eduardo Balarezo speaking with Justice Brian M. Cogan as Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Loera waves to his wife Emma Coronel Aispuro. Sketch by Shirley and Andrea Shepard
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A U.S. judge has rejected a request to put off the trial of notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

Lawyers for Guzman told Judge Brian Cogan at a hearing Thursday that they needed more time to review a mountain of evidence in the drug-trafficking case.

But the New York judge said he was sticking with a schedule that has jury selection beginning Nov. 5. He had already agreed in July to delay the trial by two months.

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Guzman was extradited to the U.S. last year. He has pleaded not guilty to charges that his cartel laundered billions of dollars and oversaw a ruthless campaign of murders and kidnappings.

He faces life in prison if convicted at a trial that could last several weeks.

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