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He was the world’s most wanted man, and earlier this month, a 12-person jury convictedMexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman on every count of the ten charges against him.
But the jury – who were carefully and secretly selected amid much concern for their safety – might now face legal ramifications of their own as Guzman’s defense appears set to file a motion mandating amid allegations of juror misconduct.
“There may be an evidentiary hearing to find out more, and then the jurors each have the right to their own attorneys. If they can’t afford it, it falls back to the courts to provide a public defender,” said a federal law enforcement official, who spoke of the condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to speak to the media. “Chapo’s defense could also argue for a change of venue altogether, insisting that everything is tainted again.”
The official also noted that Judge Brian Cogan should have sequestered the jury, essentially isolating them from the public for a period of time, to avoid external influences and exposure to media reports. But if proven, serious consequences may abound.