Brooklyn Federal Judge Orders Anonymous Jury for ‘El Chapo’ Trial
Infamous Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman will have an anonymous jury at his U.S. trial, which is scheduled to start later this year.
In a written order, U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan agreed with prosecutors that withholding the names of jurors was needed to address fears that they could be harassed or intimidated.
Jurors will also be escorted to and from the Brooklyn courthouse by deputy U.S. marshals and sequestered from the public while inside, Cogan wrote in the order, released by the prosecutors on Tuesday.
U.S. prosecutors offered “strong and credible reasons” as to why the jury needs protections, including Guzman’s alleged use of hitmen who carried out acts of violence over more than two decades, Cogan wrote.
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