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Three days in and still no verdict in El Chapo trial

February 6, 2019 By Rob Abruzzese Brooklyn Daily Eagle

After three days of deliberations, a jury still has not reached a verdict in the trial of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, whose trial began in October.

The panel went home for the day on Wednesday with plans to return Thursday to continue deciding Guzman’s fate.

The jury sent U.S. District Court Judge Brian Cogan two notes yesterday. The first, which came just before 1 p.m., was to ask the judge if they could leave at 4:15 p.m. — not a good sign for those hoping for a verdict. The jury then sent another note at approximately 2:45 p.m. asking for transcripts of the testimony of three admitted narcos who testified against Guzman.

The defense says the government cooperators are making him a scapegoat for their own crimes.

The 61-year-old Guzman attained near-mythical status by escaping jail twice in Mexico. He was recaptured and sent in 2017 to the U.S., where he has been held in solitary confinement ever since.

He could get life in prison if convicted on multiple drug-trafficking charges.

Additional reporting from the Associated Press

Pictured in this Eagle sketch: Judge Brian Cogan provides instructions to a faceless jury while a court reporter and a group of assistant U.S. Attorneys looks on. Eagle sketch by Shirley and Andrea Shepard

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