El Chapo loses last minute bid to post­pone trial

The Gulf Today - - AMERICAS -

Newyork:aus­jud­geontues­day turned down a last-ditch ef­fort by ac­cused Mex­i­can drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guz­man to de­lay his trial, sched­uled to be­gin next Mon­day with ju­ry­s­e­lec­tion­in­brook­lyn­fed­er­al­court.

Lawyers for Guz­man said in a mo­tion last week that they needed more time to re­view more than 14,000 pages doc­u­ments, largely re­lated to key wit­nesses ex­pected to tes­tify against their client, that pros­e­cu­tors turned over on Oct.5.

How­ever, US District Judge Brian Co­gan said at a hear­ing on Tues­day that the vol­ume of doc­u­ments was in line with what they should have ex­pected, not­ing that pros­e­cu­tors had said in July that it could be 25,000 pages and that sprawl­ing, com­plex cases like Guz­man’s were nec­es­sar­ily chal­leng­ing for both sides.

“No­body is go­ing to be as ready to try this case as they would like to be,” he said.

In what he called a small con­ces­sion to the de­fense, Co­gan ruled that open­ing state­ments in the trial would be­gin no ear­lier than Nov.13, which could al­low some ex­tra time to pre­pare if jury se­lec­tion in­ishes Early next week.

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