El Chapo Trial

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The defense in the Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán trial rested its case today after less than 40 minutes. 

Guzmán is facing a wide range of charges in a federal court in New York, including international drug trafficking, conspiring to murder rivals, and money laundering.

Guzmán did not testify in his own defense. His lawyers called one FBI agent to the stand

In stark contrast, the prosecution rested its case Monday after 34 days of testimony and over 50 witnesses.

The jury was told the corruption helped keep El Chapo in business and helped him escape from prison using a mile-long tunnel and motorcycle in 2015. 

“This is an investigation that spanned years, multiple agencies, multiple agents. And, this was every facet of U.S. law enforcement to justice in the United States.” Says Keegan Hamilton, host of Vice News.

Jurors were sent home after the defense rested, and they will return Wednesday for closing arguments.

The judge asked jurors to prepare for deliberations to begin Friday. 

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