Attorneys for convicted Maxican drug kingpin Joaquín Guzmán Loera, more commonly known as "El Chapo," or Shorty, are seeking an new trial for their client alleging juror misconduct. In a letter to the Court, asking for additional time to file the relevant motion, which was later granted, legal counsel advises that one juror disclosed that the jury intentionally violated the Court's instruction to "stay away from media coverage" during the three-month the trial.
The letter states that the attorney intends to seek a evidentiary hearing "to determine the extent of the misconduct."
The defendant faces a mandatory Life Sentence; he was convicted of money laundering, running a Continuing Criminal Enterprise, firearms violations, the international distribution of narcotics. and other charges.