The judge presiding over the trial of Mexican drug trafficker Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman said today that he is considering moving the place of the trial, given the concerns of the defendant’s defense.
Judge Brian Cogan told lawyers at a hearing that he was still analyzing a request from Guzman’s defense to change the location this year, from Brooklyn to Manhattan.
The defense argues that the security measures used to transfer El Chapo from his jail in Manhattan to a court in Brooklyn created a public commotion that hurts the case. Among the measures is the closure of the Brooklyn Bridge to make way for a caravan of police patrols, watched from the air by helicopters.
Guzman has pleaded not guilty to allegations that his cartel laundered billions of dollars and perpetrated numerous murders and kidnappings.
If found guilty, he could be sentenced to life imprisonment.