February 29, 2024
Mexico’s prime drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman arriving at Lengthy Island MacArthur airport in New York. U.S. officers/Handout by way of REUTERS

A U.S. courtroom has rejected an attraction by former Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to overview a 2019 ruling that sentenced him to life in jail.

Guzman, who for years led the highly effective Sinaloa cartel that’s blamed for 1000’s of deaths in Mexico, had filed habeas corpus petitions – civil fits used to evaluate whether or not an imprisonment is lawful – and requested for authorized illustration on this attraction.

“This was maybe essentially the most infamous prison prosecution of the last decade, and the costs of which petitioner was convicted may nicely have resulted within the loss of life penalty however for the phrases of his extradition,” Decide Brian Cogan, from the Jap District of New York, mentioned within the ruling denying the petition.

The ruling rejects arguments that Guzman’s protection didn’t sufficiently discover a plea discount and cites sealed proof suggesting Guzman nonetheless controls as much as billions of {dollars} in belongings, even when they don’t seem to be in his personal title.

Cogan, who additionally presided over Guzman’s 2019 trial and conviction, rejected the request for authorized counsel, saying Guzman already had assist from Mariel Colon Miro, a lawyer who has in recent times represented Guzman and his spouse.

Colon didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

The decide additionally questioned the place Guzman had obtained the funds to pay his attorneys and why his spouse – launched from jail in September – has not had entry to his belongings.

Guzman, 66, is serving a life sentence in a Colorado jail generally known as the “Alcatraz of the Rockies,” the place prisoners are stored in solitary confinement for 23 hours per day.

After twice escaping from maximum-security prisons in Mexico, together with in a mile-long tunnel from his cell, Guzman was in 2017 deported to america and convicted on drug trafficking fees in 2019.

Guzman’s Sinaloa cartel stays one of many nation’s two strongest prison organizations, alongside its principal rival, the Jalisco New Era cartel.

A strong faction inside the Sinaloa cartel is now led by Guzman’s 4 sons, one in all whom has additionally been extradited to america.