Mica - Chivis any idea on the witness the text receipt in question is?
Prosecutors say that if a lawyer for Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is allowed to keep running his mouth, witnesses could wind up dead at the hands of the Mexican drug lord’s infamous cartel.
Heavily redacted filings from the office of Brooklyn US Attorney Richard Donoghue claim Chapo lawyer Eduardo Balarezo has, for the second time, put potential witnesses in harm’s way — and now they want Balarezo to be fined for the alleged leaks of personal information.
“Either Mr. Balarezo fails to appreciate the effect that his words have on potential witnesses in this case or he is purposefully trying to intimidate them,” the papers state.
Prosecutors also note that Balarezo previously had to sign a protective order promising to stop divulging personal information, “to ensure that the Sinaloa Cartel does not harm or kill those witnesses.”
Balarezo violated that order for the second time, having leaked witness information to the media earlier in the case, prosecutors allege in the court papers.
Balarezo, in his response, specified that prosecutors were referring to his text message from Sept. 23 — sent to a lawyer of one of the witnesses. He claims the text does not violate the order he signed.
“The text message in question was a playful bantering back and forth between me and the witness’s attorney. It was innocuous,” Balarezo told The Post. “There was nothing disclosed in that text that was contained in the government’s motion and that the lawyer would not have known anyway.”
In court papers Balarezo said, “The false assertions are a calculated attack on defense counsel in an attempt to intimidate him and chill the defense.”
Re: Feds warn El Chapo’s lawyer could get someone killed
there are only two that i can think of one is Lucero Sanchez or one that would have much more info of value is guadalupe fernandez valencia. along with her bro manuel. guadalupe reported directly to JAGS.
I have begun a list of probable/possible witnesses.
it would be fun to see forum users weigh in and seeing how accurate we are.
today i am out most the day, but will try and weigh thru the documents
The way I see it.... the more people that don't like me, the less people I have to please
i sure wished this was on tv, federal trials never are. remember court tv? loved that channel. I pretty much followed the anthony trial. and arias. arias trial was a big lesson learned. showing how a tiny body can overcome a decent sized human and inflict such injury. Gun aside, she dragged him down the hallway and slit his throat. She is cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs!
The way I see it.... the more people that don't like me, the less people I have to please
‘El Chapo’ Lawyer Scolded Over Text About Witness Source
BROOKLYN (CN) – Just weeks before the trial of Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the presiding judge issued a warning to his lawyer Friday for sending a text message to the attorney for a cooperating witness in the case.
“You know the gov outed [cooperating witness]? See you in EDNY,” the Sept. 23 text said, according to the order from U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan, who is presiding over Guzman’s case.
Cogan denied the government’s motion for sanctions against A. Eduardo Balarezo, Guzman’s lawyer, but warned he would bring the heat if it happened again.
Guzman, the former leader of the Sinaloa cartel who was convicted decades ago in Mexico of murder and drug-trafficking charges, has spent the last 22 months in New York awaiting a November trial on U.S. charges that could put him away for life. The notorious drug lord escaped from two high-security Mexican prisons before his extradition to the United States.
Federal prosecutors, claiming Guzman and his associates still pose a danger to anyone who testifies against him, have been taking steps to protect cooperating witnesses, including by sealing or redacting identifying details from court papers. They have also put some people in the witness protection program or in special jail cells.
Balarezo has not denied sending the text. Judge Cogan decided Guzman’s attorney did not violate the protective order in the case because he had not compromised the identity of any witnesses and let him off with a warning.
“The court is still very concerned by Mr. Balarezo’s conduct,” Cogan wrote in the 4-page order.
The protective order says the government must turn over “protected discovery” to Guzman’s attorneys, who are prohibited from sharing any information that could lead to the identification of potential witnesses in the case.
Balarezo has the right to know who might testify against his client but he has to keep that information quiet, which is why Cogan decided in Balarezo’s favor, though he acknowledged the defense was dancing dangerously close to the line.
“Although Mr. Balarezo claims that the text message was not malicious and did not convey any threats, his use of the term ‘outed’ plainly suggests that the government somehow failed to protect the witness’s identity from the public,” Cogan wrote.
The judge continued, “Mr. Balarezo also knew or should have known that when a cooperating witness in a case like this is told by their attorney that the government is exposing the cooperating witness deliberately or recklessly, it would be odd indeed if the witness was not intimidated to some degree.”
Balarezo claimed he had sent the text in fulfillment of the obligation to his client to fully investigate the government’s case, but Cogan said the lawyer had failed to explain how exactly the text message fit into that investigation.
Balarezo found out on his own about the witness whose attorney he texted. He attended a public status hearing in the witness’s case after the witness was arrested and eventually gleaned that the witness was cooperating with the government, according to the ruling.
Judge Cogan declined to rule on whether Balarezo’s conduct was an obstruction of justice, but he did order the attorney not to communicate with third parties about any non-public or redacted information in the case.
“Defense counsel are also prohibited from contacting cooperating witnesses, their lawyers, or their friends and family about the government’s efforts to protect those witnesses. Any future conduct like the kind at issue here will constitute a sanctionable violation of this order,” Cogan concluded.
Guzman welcomed well-known defense attorney Jeffrey Lichtman to his team in September after Cogan officially allowed it, even though Lichtman could face conflicts of interest with potential witnesses.
Lichtman is best known for having garnered a 2005 acquittal for mob boss John Gotti, Jr.
William Purpura of Purpura Purpura also makes court appearances on behalf of Guzman.
Balarezo was not immediately available for comment Monday.
BUT although I have my "Witness" post in draft I decided not to post it, too many narco prosecutors follow the blog and my list has a couple of distinctions from others and may look as though I was given material. I don't want to get anyone in trouble over a misunderstanding...somethings are just not worth it.
about lichtman's conflict. Margarito signed off but asked that lichtman his former atty not question him. so I imagine it will be eduardo.
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El Chapo’s wife is flaunting her wealth while he’s on trial
While her husband awaits trial in a high-security Manhattan lock-up, Emma Coronel Aispuro is living the high life in Mexico.
The sexy, young wife of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera is often photographed smiling in skimpy bikinis at picture-postcard beaches — images featured prominently on Instagram accounts bearing her name.
In other photos, posted to a handful of social media sites, the brunette bombshell wears tight, skinny jeans paired with stilettos and a Prada purse. With her flawless makeup, and fire-engine red lips, she could easily pass for a socialite on a luxury shopping trip.
In one series of pictures uploaded last month, Coronel Aispuro, 29, appears in a tight silver, pencil skirt, sky-high nude heels and a cleavage-baring V-neck top. The former teenage beauty queen stands proudly in front of a life-sized Barbie-themed palace she had commissioned for the seventh birthday party of her twin daughters. Other photos and a video show grand arcs made of pink and white balloons and a table featuring a three-tiered pink birthday cake, Barbie-themed menus and party hats. A glittering chandelier hangs from a pink ceiling at the party for Emaly and Maria Joaquina in Culiacan, the capital of the northwestern state of Sinaloa, where their father, El Chapo, once ruled as the world’s most powerful drug trafficker and leader of the notorious Sinaloa Cartel.
“The whole story with her is so surreal,” said a retired Drug Enforcement Administration agent. “She goes around and flaunts her wealth and lifestyle in front of everyone’s face.”
Guzman, whose underworld name “El Chapo” is Mexican slang for “shorty,” was extradited to the US from Mexico last year, and his trial on money-laundering and drug trafficking charges is set to begin in a federal courtroom in Brooklyn on Nov. 5.
He is considered one of the world’s most notorious criminals, and is accused of killing thousands of people, and raking in billions of dollars from the export of cocaine and other drugs.
But his vast assets have yet to be seized, allowing Coronel Aispuro and other members of his extended family to continue their opulent lifestyles.
“There is no political will in Mexico to seize El Chapo’s or any other drug trafficker’s assets in the country,” a federal law enforcement source told The Post, estimating that the drug kingpin’s family has access to “hundreds of millions” of dollars in cash, real estate and other holdings.
The country has only one judge and two investigators who have been assigned to track down the assets of drug traffickers and other criminals, said the source.
El Chapo’s children from his previous marriages are also taking advantage of his wealth. Social media posts show Jesus Alfredo Guzman-Salazar and Ivan Archivaldo Guzman, two of the outlaw’s sons, driving souped-up Audi Spyders that retail for more than $220,000.
Both sons are wanted on drug trafficking charges. Last month, Alfredo, 35, who is also known by his underworld moniker “Alfredillo,” was added to the DEA’s 10 Most Wanted List. Alfredo was indicted in Illinois in 2009. The reward for information leading to his capture was recently increased to $5 million.
But with so much cash at their disposal, the bounty may mean little in Mexico. The Guzman clan’s ready access to a fortune means they can easily pay off anyone.
“A lot of it is tied back to corruption,” said the source. “And money buys access, and it buys protection.”
For this reason, El Chapo was able to bribe prison guards and even Mexican law enforcement officials when he made two daring escapes from jail in his home country.
And when he famously tunneled out of Mexico’s highest security prison in 2015, Coronel Aispuro was waiting for him on the other side, federal law enforcement sources told The Post.
Mexican law enforcement believe that El Chapo climbed down through a narrow two-by-two foot hole dug under the shower stall in his cell at the high-security Altiplano Prison. That opening led to a mile-long tunnel that was equipped with a motorcycle on rails. The tunnel led to a construction site, where a ladder led to a trap door. Coronel Aispuro was waiting near the construction site, the federal source told The Post.
For almost six months, Guzman, his wife by his side, eluded the country-wide manhunt, even meeting with Hollywood actor Sean Penn when he was on the run. El Chapo rose to near-mythic outlaw status as the country’s most famous fugitive.
And “Emma is his biggest supporter,” the former DEA agent told The Post.
In 2016, after her husband was recaptured in Mexico, Coronel Aispuro began a lobbying effort that took her to Washington to plead his case before the Organization of American States. She alleged that Mexican authorities were violating El Chapo’s human rights in retaliation for his tunnel escape. She told a Mexican TV reporter that he was being deprived of sleep in solitary confinement and that prison authorities were trying to “kill him slowly.”
After months on the run, it was a taco order that led to El Chapo’s capture at a small beachfront city in his Sinaloa stronghold. The Mexican military had the house, which belonged to one of El Chapo’s tunnel diggers, under surveillance. When they saw one of the residents go out for a huge order of tacos at midnight, they surrounded the home. Although El Chapo managed to escape, the military apprehended him hours later and hauled him away to jail as authorities negotiated his extradition to the US. He faces a total of six indictments in this country, including one in federal court in Brooklyn where he is charged with drug trafficking and laundering billions of dollars in drug profits.
Once in New York, Coronel Aispuro repeated the same concerns about her husband’s incarceration. She stood outside federal court in Brooklyn, where she has faithfully attended most of El Chapo’s hearings, wearing designer sunglasses and tight jeans. She has been spotted in the city walking with her daughters, who are always identically dressed. She told reporters that Guzman’s solitary confinement was making him severely depressed, and even complained about the quality of city water and what he was allowed to watch on TV.
A federal judge has refused repeated requests to allow Coronel Aispuro to visit her husband at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Lower Manhattan, where he has been held in solitary confinement on the ultra-secure 10th floor since his extradition in January 2017. The 10th floor — known as “10 South” — cells have previously been reserved for alleged terrorists and arms dealers.
Coronel Aispuro was recently allowed to communicate with her husband via written messages, which are subject to rigorous screening.
“She’s too much of a security risk,” said the federal law enforcement source. “Given that he has escaped so many times, no one wants to take any chances that he is giving his wife directions for a new escape attempt.”
Emma Coronel Aispuro with her twin daughters leaving Brooklyn Federal Court following a hearing for her husband, El Chapo
Emma Coronel Aispuro with her twin daughters leaving Brooklyn Federal Court following a hearing for her husband, El ChapoR. Uma rAbbasi
Unable to communicate directly with her husband, who has no internet access in jail, Coronel Aispuro posted heartfelt messages on her social media sites shortly after he was extradited from Mexico. Recently, she posted a copy of Pablo Picasso’s “Guernica” as a background photo on her Twitter account. Picasso painted his best known work, which shows scenes of death and suffering, in response to the Nazi bombing of Guernica, a village in northern Spain.
“I could never forget you, not after loving you so much” she tweeted on Jan. 30, 2017, nearly two weeks after El Chapo was extradited.
A few weeks later — on Feb. 11 — she wrote, “Learning how to cry is not a sign of weakness.”
Coronel Aispuro married El Chapo on her 18th birthday — July 2, 2007 — and shortly after he helped her secure her win as the local Coffee and Guava Queen in rural Sinaloa. She met El Chapo, who is more than 30 years her senior, at a party organized by her father, Ines Coronel Barreras, a member of the Sinaloa Cartel.
An American citizen, she was born outside San Francisco while her Mexican mother was visiting relatives there. In 2011, just before her twins were due, El Chapo reportedly urged his young wife to return to the US for their birth so that they could be US citizens.
Now a single mother, Coronel Aispuro says she is concerned about her family’s privacy and safety on the eve of El Chapo’s high-profile trial.
“I ask that people not post comments about my daughters,” she wrote in a rare “press release” sent to various Mexican news outlets. “I don’t want them in the news because they don’t really understand.”
But according to Antonio Tizoc, the Sinaloa-based photographer who posted the video and photos of the preparations for the Barbie-themed birthday party last month, it was Coronel Aispuro herself who gave him permission to publicize the images.
Even one of El Chapo’s Washington-based attorneys told The Post he was “surprised” that Coronel Aispuro allowed the birthday party images to be posted on the web.
And as recently as last month, Coronel Aispuro continued to appear in sexy online posts. In a Sept. 14 post, she sported in a strappy black bikini while lounging on a rocky patch of beach, her long black hair cascading down her back, on one of two Instagram accounts that bears her name.
“Today is a beautiful day so smile, love and … most of all live intensely because time is fleeting,” said the text in Spanish that accompanied the picture.
The post garnered nearly 3,000 “likes” with mostly Spanish-language fans — she has more than 268,000 followers — wishing her well and one Instagram user saying, “You are super beautiful princess. Take care of yourself.”
“Wow, you are a very beautiful lady,” said another online admirer in English.
But while she says she is grateful for all the supportive comments and admitted that “the private pictures” of her are legitimate, Coronel Aispuro says she is no longer manages her social media accounts.
“I want to clarify that I don’t have any social media sites and that I am not the one who is posting those pages,” she wrote in her letter to the Mexican press. “I never wanted to be in a situation to have my life exposed. I am not interested in exposing my life in front of millions of people who I don’t know.”
She ended her note to the media with the following message: “I ask what I have always shown everyone, and that is respect.”
By Emily Saul
Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman
With his trial looming, lawyers for Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman are making a last-ditch attempt to get a federal judge to push the proceedings to next year.
The kingpin’s attorneys have now asked Brooklyn federal court judge Brian Cogan to delay the trial for a fifth time — writing they can’t possibly review all the materials before jury selection is set to begin on Nov. 5.
“The case against Mr. Guzmán involves allegations of a 25-year charged conspiracy where the conduct occurred mainly overseas, where investigations have been ongoing for decades and where the expected cooperators have proffered with the government over many years,” the druglord’s lawyers write in their most recent attempt to postpone the trial.
“The sheer amount of material to wade through makes it impossible for counsel to be prepared to effectively cross-examine the cooperating witnesses.”
Defense attorneys Jeffrey Lichtman, Eduario Balarezo, and William Purpura write that in their combined 70 years of trial experience they have never had to prepare under similar circumstances.
They note that only three lawyers can even fit in the room when visiting Guzman in jail to discuss the case — and that it’s so cramped they can’t move and have to write on their laps.
Calling the conditions “utterly abysmal,” the team says they’ve been “visiting Mr. Guzmán for at least 6 hours per day, 7 days a week to review,” and still won’t be ready by Nov. 5.
In response, prosecutors are urging Cogan to keep the trial date, saying the defense complaints are stale, and adding they’ve already finalized complicated travel plans for witnesses.
“The defendant’s motion offers no legal or factual basis why the trial should now be continued,” their motion reads.
Cogan Wednesday scheduled a conference on Oct. 29 to discuss the matter.
Chapo faces up to life behind bars if convicted on a litany of international drug trafficking charges.