The judge ruled that just five news reporters, a fraction of the swarm of media representatives following the trial, will be allowed in the courtroom during jury selection. Potential jurors were quizzed Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, about their attitudes on drug trafficking and how much attention they've paid to news reports about Guzman. The mammoth trial in a Brooklyn federal court, which will cost millions of dollars and is expected to last more than four months, will see Chapo, one of the world's most notorious criminals, face the United States justice system.
"I feel very badly about drugs", she said, when Cogan asked about the answer. Jurors will also be escorted by U.S. marshals to court daily while remaining anonymous throughout the trial.
Jurors also will be escorted to and from the courthouse by federal officers and sequestered from the public while inside.
No one's hiding the ominous nature of the case from potential jurors.
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El Chapo made world headlines in July 2015 when he slipped out of his cell at the maximum security Altiplano federal prison via a mile-long underground tunnel. He's accused of running a massive drug trafficking operation, along with money laundering, kidnapping and murder.
Guzman has pleaded not guilty to charges of running a massive drug-trafficking operation in North America, including money laundering, kidnapping and murder in cities throughout the United States, including Chicago, Miami and NY. Prosecutors say the Sinaloa Cartel, named for Guzman's home state, smuggled more than 200 tons of cocaine into the United States.
At least some of the several hundred witnesses expected to testify are in witness protection programs or are already in jail, housed in special wings to protect them from reprisals.
After Felix Gallardo was arrested in 1989, Guzman's Sinaloa cartel began its meteoric rise.
Guzman's co-defendant Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada remains at large. In the USA, opioid addiction has spiralled into an epidemic. In 2016, an average of 174 Americans died every day from drug overdoses. He's been held in solitary confinement in a high-security federal cell in Manhattan since January 2017, when Mexico agreed to allow his extradition to the United States for trial.
USA district court judge Brian Cogan will preside over the process behind closed doors. Experts say the government has a near water-tight case likely to send Guzman, 61, to a maximum security USA prison for the rest of his life.
He was arrested again by Mexican marines in February 2014 but escaped 14 months later before being re-captured in January 2016. This time, Mexico made a decision to wash their hands and put him on a plane.