OffbeatNo love for 'El Chapo' — judge rules against drug lord's request to hug wife

22:20  08 november  2018
22:20  08 november  2018 Source:   nbcnews.com

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El Chapo has a simple request for the judge in his drug trial he wants to hug his wife in the courtroom. Chapo ' s lawyers just filed legal docs asking the judge to allow him to embrace his wife , Emma Coronel Aispuro, over the courtroom railing. The lawyers say it would be a "humanitarian

A tragic love story takes shape in the unlikeliest of circumstances.

"El Chapo" won't get his hug.

A federal court judge in New York has denied Joaquin Guzman's request to hug his former beauty queen wife before opening arguments in his drug trafficking trial next week.

Guzman, whose nickname translates to "Shorty," faces life in prison if convicted.

In a letter to the judge presiding over the case earlier this week, one of his lawyers asked "that Mr. Guzman be allowed to give his wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, a brief momentary greeting to include perhaps an embrace" before the proceedings begin.

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Defense attorneys asked that Joaquin " El Chapo " Guzman be allowed to give his wife , Emma Coronel Aispuro, "a brief momentary The world' s most notorious drug lord , whose trial begins in Brooklyn next week, sought permission from the court to hug his wife . Judge sets El Chapo ' s trial for Nov.

El Chapo ' s lawyer argues the drug kingpin might have mental breakdown if he can't hug his wife at Emma Coronel Aispuro, 29, wife of accused drug lord Joaquin ( El Chapo ) Guzman is The jailed Mexican druglord is seeking court permission to hug his American-born former beauty queen wife

In his ruling Thursday, Brooklyn federal court judge Brian Cogan said he was "sympathetic to the request."

No love for 'El Chapo' — judge rules against drug lord's request to hug wife© Don Emmert Image: Emma Coronel

"As defense counsel points out, defendant's conduct during what are surely difficult proceedings and conditions of confinement for him has been exemplary, and he has displayed considerable grace under pressure," the judge wrote — but he added he had no choice but to deny it.

Cogan noted that he'd previously upheld the government's "restriction that prohibits defendant from communicating with or having any physical contact with his wife" in order to prevent the notorious drug lord "from coordinating any escape from prison or directing any attack on individuals who might be cooperating with the Government."

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The judge didn't immediately rule on the request . Most of the people picked either for the jury or to serve as six alternates said in initial screening that they had The judge put off swearing in the jurors until next week out of concern some still might try to duck duty for a trial expected to last into next year.

drugs , Joaquin " El Chapo " Guzman, Law3, mental health, NYC, solitary confinement. Since his extradition from Mexico in January after two successful prison escapes, the drug lord has Denying that request on Wednesday, Judge Cogan set the stage for Guzman’ s remote examination next week.

He added "the same concerns that warranted their implementation in the first place still exist today. If anything, this is especially true on the eve of trial, when the reality of the potential liability defendant faces if convicted may be setting in and his motivation to escape or threaten witness might be particularly strong."

No love for 'El Chapo' — judge rules against drug lord's request to hug wife© AP file Image: Authorities escort Joaquin Prosecutors say Guzman, who twice escaped from high security prisons in Mexico, was running "the largest drug trafficking organization world," and used murder, kidnapping and torture to maintain his hold on his Sinaloa Cartel.

He was extradited to the United States last year, and has been held in solitary confinement ever since. Guzman lawyer Mariel Colon Miro had told the judge that allowing Guzman a hug would be a "humanitarian gesture."

Guzman, 61, married Coronel Aispuro in 2007, when she was 18. She'd been crowned Coffee and Guava Queen in Sinaloa earlier that year.

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