Mexican drug lord ‘El Chapo’ appears in Brooklyn court
Notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman faced a judge in Brooklyn today.
Guzman appeared in person at the Brooklyn Federal Court. He traveled from a high security jail in Manhattan instead of appearing via video per his attorney's request.
Guzman currently has a public defender in New York. However, his attorney in Mexico and his wife are requesting visitation.
Lawyers today brought up several concerns, including the fact that Guzman hasn't been allowed to meet with his wife or counselor from Mexico. They brought up issues about paperwork that was filed during his extradition hearing, and they say the charges he's now facing were never presented during an initial hearing in Mexico.
Guzman's public defenders say the only way he can be represented fairly is if security measures are lessened. They say he's currently locked in his cell 23 hours a day and is only allowed out to a select group of people.
The judge, however, says he doesn't see how the security measures are unfair given his past. Police say Guzman had been on the run for more than 20 years and broke out of maximum-security prison twice while in Mexico.
Guzman is facing drug trafficking, international conspiracy and money laundering charges. He also faces charges in five other U.S. jurisdictions and could face the possibility of life in a U.S. prison if convicted.