El Chapo loses last minute bid to postpone trial
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.