El Chapo’s lawyer barred from bringing cellphone to court
No Sanctions taken against El Chapo’s wife for illicit cellphone use
One of the defense attorneys for Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman will no longer be allowed to bring a cellphone into the courthouse after a judge ruled in favor of a motion by prosecutors after she was caught passing the phone off to El Chapo’s wife last month.
Hon. Brian Cogan, U.S. District Court judge for the Eastern District of New York, ruled that defense counsel Mariel Colon Miro cannot bring a cellphone into the courthouse for the remainder of the trial.
In a court order issued on Thursday, Judge Cogan ruled that he was granting the government’s motion because the defense counsel violated the Special Administrative Measures put in place because of the defendant’s notoriety, violated a civil rule that prohibited the use of cellphones in the courthouse and displayed a lack of candor to the court when addressing the issues.
“As an initial matter, and as is discussed above, Ms. Colon [Miro] gave the court incomplete and misleading affidavits, which she failed to supplement after informing the court that she would,” Judge Cogan wrote. “She also made several similarly incomplete and misleading representations on the record.”