El Chapo’s Trial Post/Updates

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-Cross-examination of FBI agent just ended.

-Lichtman did his best to suggest the witness failed to verify that it was Chapo's voice on the recordings we heard yesterday and this morning.

-Agent acknowledged the FBI did not do a scientific analysis to confirm.

-Lichtman also questioned the FBI agent's identification of Chapo in the blurry interrogation video shown to the jury yesterday. That led to this exchange:

-Lichtman: "Mexicans have mustaches, right?"

-FBI agent: "I don't know if that's a fact, sir."'

-Jurors laughed.
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-The government kept getting objections sustained during cross-examination.

*****The judge then makes a ruling on whether the objection is "sustained" (the judge agrees with the objection and disallows the question, testimony, or evidence) or "overruled" (the judge disagrees with the objection and allows the question, testimony, or evidence).


-That led to several sidebar conversations, presumably to discuss what could and couldn't be asked.

-More than a dozen objections and 6 sidebars in roughly 30 minutes of cross.

****Very circus-like, the poor jurors.
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-Lichtman must have broken a record on cross with Marston (the FBI agent on the stand), earning himself almost 20 objections

-“Mexicans have mustaches,” Lichtman said, taking issue with the witness's means of ID'ing Guzman

-“I don’t know if that’s a fact, sir,” the agent responded.

-“Mexicans even wear hats?”

*****Entertaining, but beyond a reasonable doubt?  We will see...
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-The lawyer asked why Marston relied on the Rolling Stone interview rather than voice recognition technology when ID'ing Chapo's voice on the calls

-"Do you think that would have put you guys over budget in this case?"

-Objection/sustained.
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-The back and forth was straight up theatrical.

-"Colombia is more known for cocaine than Micronesia, right?" Lichtman asked.

-Objection.

-"Do you know?!" Cogan asked the witness.

-"No."

-"He doesn't know!" the judge exclaimed

****A good defense team will have their own expert analyze the audio and predictably say that it could be someone else, etc...  

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-Cristian Rodriguez, the Sinaloa cartel's IT guy is the expected witness.

-He is testifying about his work for Chapo.

-He described how Chapo was obsessed with the spyware program FlexiSpy, which allowed him to eavesdrop on conversations, read texts, and track people's movements without them knowing.

-Chapo had Cristian install on over 50 devices, which Chapo referred to as "special phones."

-"He called me all the time to ask me things regarding the spy software," Cristian said, adding that Chapo's trusted workers told him "it was like his toy."
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****Chapo liked to be Big Brother

-Chapo's favorite part of FlexiSpy was remotely turning on the mic on someone's phone without them knowing.

-"He would call a person on their extension, talk about whatever they needed to talk about, then… open up the microphone and listen to what they were talking about."
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-Christian Rodriguez was only 21 when he set up an encrypted message network for the Sinaloa Cartel.

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-Cristian eventually became an informant and gave the FBI access to Chapo's FlexiSpy accounts, allowing the feds to see all of the messages he'd been sending to people in his network. It seems Chapo's jealousy and paranoia is what ultimately led to his downfall.
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****This is the Cristian Rodriguez. As we predicted earlier, we will not see him in photos or courtroom sketch artists as they were not allowed to draw his face today.
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-The government's witness, Christian Rodriguez, said he held meetings with Colombian capo Jorge Cifuentes in 2008 in Ecuador, who hired him to install an instant messaging system for his cartel.

-The system was installed for 100 users with a VPN. Cifuentes was so satisfied with the service that he recommended it to # Chapo . Jorge Cifuentes' brother, Alex Cifuentes, worked with Guzmán in the mountains of Culiacán and was in charge of contacting him so that

****The VPN is how Chapo was allowed to connect via wifi and communicate on the system

-'I went to Mexico because I had special technological needs.'

*****VOIP is much more common now, but 10 years ago his skills were much more rare, especially in Mexico.
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*****This is the Chapo corp phone directory

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****Chapo, Emma and the mistresses

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****Jurors were introduced to a photo of Chapo's mistress Agustina

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-Here's the corroborating info used by the FBI to confirm that Chapo was the one sending messages to Emma Coronel and his mistresses under the name "J." It includes more than we ever needed to know about him, like pants size.

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-And here's the info the FBI used to confirm that Emma Coronel was the one associated with a FlexiSpy account created by Chapo called CharlyBlack11

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-Almost every day, Rodriguez said, Chapo would call him with questions about the spyware, which was linked to a computer where the kingpin could view reports on the text messages and G.P.S. locations generated by what he liked to call his “special phones.”

-Eventually, the reports became so bulky that Chapo assigned one of his other techies to read them and give him daily summaries.

-At one point, he asked Rodriguez to install a new feature on the phones, allowing him to remotely and secretly activate their microphones.

-Chapo would play a little game.

-He would call people who had the “special” phones and chat with them a while then hang up, secretly activate the mic and listen to what they said about him.

-Rodriguez said Chapo once asked him how long it would take to make a computer “special” too.

-This took place while Rodriguez was at one of Chapo's hide-outs in the mountains. A woman was also there with them.

-When the techie told kingpin it would only take three minutes to install the spyware on the woman's computer, Chapo ordered him to do it.

-“El Chapo distracted the woman and I installed the spy software,” Rodriguez said.
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