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Mexican drug lord ‘El Chapo’ to appear in Brooklyn federal court in person

Posted at 1:04 PM, Feb 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-01 14:01:05-05

NEW YORK — Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is scheduled to appear in Brooklyn federal court in person Friday.

A judge ruled last week that Guzman would appear in court by video rather than have marshals escort him to and from a high-security Manhattan jail cell. But his lawyers asked the judge to reconsider. A new order was issued Wednesday.

Prosecutors describe Guzman as the overseer of a three-decade campaign of smuggling, brutality and corruption that fueled an epidemic of cocaine abuse and related violence in the U.S. in the 1980s and ’90s. The defense says it hasn’t seen any evidence of illegal acts.

To get Mexico to hand him over to the U.S., prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty. They’re demanding he forfeit $14 billion in assets.