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Judge rejects Mexican drug lord El Chapo's new trial bid

Posted at 2:55 PM, Jul 03, 2019

NEW YORK (AP) - A New York judge has rejected a request for a new trial by the Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo.

U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan said in a written ruling Wednesday that a "mountain range of evidence" introduced against Joaquin Guzman (hwah-KEEN' goos-MAHN') overcame his claims that the jury was tainted.

Cogan said any rational average juror would have convicted El Chapo based on overwhelming evidence at a trial that ended in February. Guzman was convicted of murder conspiracy and drug trafficking charges.

Defense attorneys sought a new trial, saying jurors improperly followed media coverage. They cited a Vice News report alleging jurors were aware of potentially prejudicial claims that were excluded from the trial.

Cogan said the claims lacked "extremely prejudicial conduct" required for a new trial.

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