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Fri Feb 22, 2019, 03:05 PM

'El Chapo' is facing life in prison. Here's why he may get a new trial.

Also:

Claims in El Chapo case highlight perils of ‘Googling juror’ (Associated Press)

El Chapo’s lawyers say they’ll ask for a new trial due to juror misconduct. Here’s what could happen next. (Vice News)

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Source: Washington Post

‘El Chapo’ is facing life in prison. Here’s why he may get a new trial.

By Deanna Paul February 22 at 5:50 AM

At the start of every jury trial, it’s standard practice for the presiding judge to give jurors a set of preliminary instructions.

U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan took it a step further during the high-profile trial of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán.

Trial transcripts recount that Cogan gave three directives to the jury just before 5 p.m. on Jan. 30, immediately after the prosecutor concluded the closing argument. They were the same rules he had repeated most, if not all, days during the three-month trial:

“Stay away from any media coverage.”

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Any judge would be loath to overturn a conviction, or order a new trial, in such a high-profile case (particularly where extraordinary government resources were brought to bear, partly during the month-long government shutdown).

But if true, the claims of widespread misconduct pose a viable threat to the conviction secured by federal prosecutors a week ago.

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Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/02/22/el-chapo-was-facing-life-prison-heres-why-he-may-get-new-trial/

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2019, 03:16 PM

1. Omigod, those jurors!

Ignoring the Judge's precise instructions!

This makes me very angry. A huge effort went into this trial, and if the actions of those jurors messes the whole thing up....

Words fail me as to what should happen to them.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 22, 2019, 03:24 PM

2. Was Any Kind Of Money Passed Under The Table

do you think?

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Response to Me. (Reply #2)

Fri Feb 22, 2019, 03:26 PM

3. That's what I'm thinking...

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Response to dhill926 (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 22, 2019, 03:28 PM

4. Passed From Hand To Hand To Hand

until it can't be traced

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Response to Me. (Reply #2)

Fri Feb 22, 2019, 04:31 PM

5. I sure hope not.

IF it did happen, then those jurors involved would need to face prosecution.

Plus severe penalties.

This is almost too horrible to contemplate.

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