Saturday, March 18, 2017


Lawyers argue that El Chapo’s First, Fifth and Sixth Amendments are being violated by the current terms of his imprisonment

BarkGrowlBite | March 18, 2017

Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is currently a guest of Uncle Sam, but he is unhappy with his new digs at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in lower Manhattan. The court appointed lawyers for the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel submitted a 24-page letter Monday to federal Judge Brian Cogan.

The lawyers argue that his First (freedom of expression), Fifth (right to a fair trial) and Sixth Amendment (right to an effective defense) rights are being violated by the current conditions of his confinement. The letter requests that El Chapo be removed from solitary confinement and housed in the general prison population.

Among El Chapo’s complaints are:

• He is not allowed to have any contact with his wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro.

• He is confined in a small windowless cell.

• He is alone for 23 hours a day.

• He is only allowed out of his cell for one hour a day to exercise, but not on weekends.

• He only gets a brief glimpse of sunlight through a small window on the way to meet his Lawyers or to the exercise room.

• His meals are served through a small slot in the door.

• The cell lights are always on.

• He is freezing his ass off because the air conditioning is running 24/7.

• He is unable to discern night from day because a clock he purchased at the prison commissary was taken away from him with no reason given for the confiscation.

Now I ask, is this any way to treat such a distinguished guest of Uncle Sam?

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