No Verdict After 5 Days Of Deliberations At El Chapo Trial

February 11, 2019 - 6:46 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880/AP) — Jurors at the U.S. trial of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman concluded their fifth day of deliberations without a verdict.

The 12 jurors will continue considerations Tuesday as they try to reach verdicts on 10 separate counts. They began deliberations one week ago and were dismissed for the week on Thursday.

The lack of a verdict during the first week of deliberations seemed to please the accused drug lord, who gave his lawyer and hug and pat on the back before leaving court.

Though, as WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reported, the series of notes from the jury may be unnerving for prosecutors, who said they presented an “overwhelming” amount of evidence, including wire taps, photos and a parade of witnesses.

The panel asked Monday if a specific violation has to be proven or not proven unanimously, pointing to a potential difference of opinion on some elements of the case.

There are 27 seven violations listed under the first criminal count, however, the jury only needs to be unanimous on three violations to move on to the next count.

There was also a request for testimony from two more government witnesses.

The trial testimony lasted nearly three months and the jury heard a barrage of testimony, which accused Guzman of funneling tons of cocaine across the U.S.-Mexico border.

However, the defense has accused prosecution cooperators of making him a scapegoat for their own crimes. They’ve also called the allegations against 61-year-old Guzman “a fantasy.”

Guzman is facing life in prison if convicted of the multiple drug-trafficking counts.