Defense case at El Chapo trial clocks in at 30 minutes
After a prosecution that spanned 11 weeks and had its share of bombshells, the defense case at the U.S. trial of Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman clocked in yesterday at a mere 30 minutes.
Attorney Jeffrey Lichtman called one witness and entered one document into evidence before resting the defense’s case. The jury was sent home for the day with closing arguments set to begin today.
Guzman could face life in prison if convicted of drug and murder conspiracy charges that his lawyers say are fabricated.
It’s not unheard of for defense lawyers to call few or even no witnesses. But Guzman’s fleeting defense was striking because it followed a sweeping one by the government that featured 56 witnesses, including colorful cooperators who described how the notorious boss of the Sinaloa cartel ran his cocaine-dealing empire with an iron fist.