The lawyers of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman try to get the court in Brooklyn to postpone their clients trial date to August or September. The case is currently scheduled for April 2018.
During the Christmas weekend, El Chapo’s lawyers sent a request to the court stating that they do not have enough time and money to defend the alleged leader of the Sinaloa cartel in April, according to NBC. The prosecutor has not yet responded to the lawyer’s request.
El Chapo is suspected of, large-scale drug trafficking and membership of a criminal organization. 17 counts in total about which he has declared himself innocent. The former Sinaloa cartel leaders could be sent to life in prison if convicted.
Lawyer Eduardo Balarezo says that the mountain of files that the public prosecutor has provided takes too much time to fully analyze. Chapo’s restrictions also prevent him from talking to family members to collect the money for attorney fees.
Guzman himself is against the delay because of the continuation of his limitations. He is on lockdown 23 hours a day and is only allowed to have contact with his lawyers.
This week after an eight-year-long investigation in which an undercover played a key role, someone close to Guzman was extradited to the United States. Victor Manuel Felix-Felix, an alleged leader of a drug trafficking and money laundering operation tied to the Sinaloa Cartel. His daughter is believed to be married to a son of El Chapo, according to the American Public Prosecution Service.