Joaquin Guzman

Lawyers for 'El Chapo,' who twice escaped from Mexican prisons, say N.Y. jail conditions are too strict

Lawyers for 'El Chapo,' who twice escaped from Mexican prisons, say N.Y. jail conditions are too strict

Public defenders representing Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman presented a litany of challenges to the government’s 17-count indictment on Friday, arguing that he’s being held in overly restrictive conditions and that his extradition from Mexico may have been illegal.

Guzman, wearing a dark navy jumpsuit, stayed silent and still as the attorneys spoke, occasionally conferring with an interpreter. 

He has pleaded not guilty to a wide swath of charges, including  drug trafficking, conspiracy and murder. He is currently allowed a single hourlong exercise break a day and can only visit with a select team of defense...

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