Tuesday, May 8, 2018

'El Chapo' causing NY traffic chaos

Snarling traffic regularly, every time “El Chapo” comes to the Federal District Courthouse, the Brooklyn Bridge shuts down for 2 hours. His lawyer is afraid the traffic will prejudice the public against the notorious drug kingpin.
In a new court filing, Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman complained that he was indicted in Chicago and other cities, but that the U.S. government chose Brooklyn, New York, as his point of prosecution. Because Chapo is being housed in the Manhattan federal lock-up, he must make a lengthy commute from the prison facility to the Brooklyn courthouse every time there is a legal hearing. Authorities shut down the Brooklyn Bridge for a motorcade resembling that of royalty.

His attorneys said that such a sign is poisoning the jury pool.
The bridge shutdown and motorcade routing will continue for about 12 weeks.
Guzman, 61, has pleaded not guilty to charges that his cartel oversaw a campaign of murders and kidnappings to uphold his Mexican drug empire. He was extradited from Mexico in January 2017 and his trial is set for September.