El Chapo’s Trial Post/Updates

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From yesterday

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-Christian Rodriguez is done testifying. Last bit of cross-examination focused on payments he received from the FBI for his work as an informant. He got $480K, mostly in cash.

-Rodriguez didn't pay taxes on that $480K he got from the FBI until after the IRS raised questions about it. He owed $35K. Chapo's lawyer: "That's a good tax rate. I need your accountant."

-We also heard more about Rodriguez's mental health issues. Balarezo noted he suffered "not one but two nervous breakdowns."

-Rodriguez: "I had a lot of stress on me, on my mind, on my body. I was not able to sleep so I asked for help and went to a hospital."

-Balarezo responded, "It was a little more than that though, wasn't it?" After a brief sidebar he asked, "Sir, you were hallucinating, weren't you?"

-Rodriguez: "Not hallucinations. I was just not thinking clearly."

-Balarezo also noted that Rodriguez was diagnosed as bipolar.

-Rodriguez had said the breakdown was the result of working as an informant. Balarezo noted that he was also having an affair at the time and was hiding the relationship from his partner, which added to the stress.

-Rodriguez kept his cool despite questions about some sensitive personal information.

-Most effective point from the defense was about how Rodriguez was never charged and hasn't served any prison time.

-The defense asked Christian Rodriguez if he had the computer he used to download the incriminating phone calls against Chapo.

-He said he’d gifted the computer to a relative.

-Defense: How did he know it was really Chapo on the texts?

-Christian: "Well, I could tell by the way it was written and the content of the messages,”

-Alex Cifuentes is likely the next witness
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-Court for today has ended with Alex Cifuentes on the stand

Chapo, Alex and ?


-Alex describing his relationship with Guzman
"He would describe me as his secretary, his right-hand man, and his left-hand man."

-Prosecutors asked Alex to id Guzman
"I cannot really distinguish his tie's color but it's the first time I've seen him wearing a suit."

-Alex looked very unhappy to be on the witness stand. He spoke in a detached monotone, in Spanish with a vaguely Mexican accent. He was constantly looking down and frowning, trying to avoid Chapo's gaze.

-Alex was an integral part of Chapo's business. He was moving cocaine from Colombia, Ecuador, and Bolivia, purchasing farms to transit drugs in Costa Rica and Honduras, smuggling coke, heroin, and meth to Canada, acquiring weapons, helping w/ the cartel comms system, and more.

-Alex said he agreed to cooperate after getting a call from his brother Jorge. "He told me, and these are his exact words, that with the Americans I should confess the way I would confess to God. And if you went to trial, I would be the first to sit down and testify against you."
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*****If you recall earlier in the trial, his brother took the stand and was asked about talking to his brother using a number given by an attorney, etc...  

*****Per Cifuentes, there’s no code of silence among narcos once the US gets them. Recalling a convo with his bro:

-“He told me that w/ the Americans, I should confess the way that I would confess to God, and that if I were to go to trial he would be the first to testify against me."
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****No court today, but here are few things from yesterday.

-Alex Cifuentes said that Chapo often called him his “secretary,” his “man,” or his “left-hand man.” With a bit more respect, Alex in turn called Chapo “El Señor” or “Padrino,” meaning “godfather.”

-Working as Chapo’s “left-hand man,” Alex Cifuentes helped him secure arms in Costa Rica and Honduras, sell cocaine and heroin in New York, install a high-tech communications system in the mountains and translate several business meetings, among other activities.

-Alex Cifuentes once asked Chapo if he could fly a plane, like his own brothers. (Chapo couldn’t.) Flying ensured security in case of an attempted arrest or other problem. If he could fly, “He could get in the helicopter, turn it on and fly from one mountain to the other.”

-In 2007 Alex Cifuentes started worrying over his own security … his brother, Francisco, had been murdered in Cancún. Alex called his brother, Jorge, “about that security issue,” he told the jury, mainly: “that they were killing us off.”

-Jorge Cifuentes estimated they needed $10 million to increase the family’s security. So, after dealing with a stomach surgery, Alex Cifuentes headed to an “interview with Mr. Joaquín Guzmán Loera” to get more work, as well as intel on their brother’s death.

-Alex Cifuentes flew in a small plane to meet with Chapo, landing on an inclined airstrip. Surrounded by 50 armed guards, Chapo offered condolences for Alex’s fallen brother and asked if he had a widow. (Francisco had “about five wives,” Alex said.)
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-Alex Cifuentes chose among his brother’s widows, bringing Patricia Rodriguez to meet with Chapo and discuss finances and business deals.

-Patricia would tell Chapo about a pending cocaine delivery, as well as a few of her late husband’s prime properties.

-Chapo would also meet with the late Francisco Cifuentes’s favorite cocaine cook.

-Chapo questioned Patricia's cited property values and wanted a 50 percent credit on the cocaine.

-This didn’t surprise Alex, who said that “a good businessman normally tried to get some advantage out of a business deal”

-Chapo helped his associate’s widow ship 2,951 kilos of cocaine at a cost of 500 of the kilos.

-Alex Cifuentes never planned to cooperate with the government but his brother, Jorge, made a few illegal calls from jail to persuade him otherwise.

-Recalling his brother’s words, Alex said he told him “that with the Americans I should confess the way I’d confess to God.”

-Jorge Cifuentes told him that if he didn’t cooperate with the U.S. then: “He would be the first one to sit down and testify against me,” Alex recalled.
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-Malibu, California, January 2012.

-The three traffickers they subsequently arrested were “sandy, wet, they were hiding in between the rocks,” the officer recalled. Here’s the marijuana that washed up.

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Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán Loera raises his hand when he sees his wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro.


Michael Robotti with FBI witness Stephen Marston, who has information about photographs, and Judge Brian M. Cogan.



Chapo Guzmán and Emma Coronel Aispuro listen to defense attorney Jeffrey Lichtman against the interrogation of witness Stephen Marston.


Defense attorney Jeffrey Lichtman interrogates witness Stephen Marston with Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán Loera.


Andrea Goldberg with new witness, Christian Rodríguez, next to the interpreter (no face drawn) while Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán Loera listens.
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Mica
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-In a sealed order, the judge in the El Chapo trial has just given permission for his mother to visit him even though he's under super-secure terms of confinement.
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How is Christian so tech savvy without knowing any English?

It matters not how a man dies, but how he lives.
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ToPHeR
How are the Japanese so tech savvy?
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canadiana
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There's a few little tidbits here from the Washington Post.Most of the time it's already covered by Mica and Chivis and extremely well at that.They are saying next week the trial may wrap (Ah a breather for Chivis and Mica)and some of the possible or probable witnesses.

http://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/world/el-chapo-trial-an-it-guy%e2%80%99s-testimony-leads-to-a-week-of-cyber-spy-intrigue/ar-BBScVA3?li=AAggNb9&ocid=iehp
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Mica
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It's the 28th day for the trial of Chapo.


-Yesterday Defense attorney Jeffrey Lichtman found himself as the subject of a story.

-Here is the link of you want to read
El Chapo lawyer who sexted Sarma Melngailis may be barred from visiting drug lord

-Long story short, he was sending messages to another client (no lover and another long story) about Chapo.  
-One message: March 16, 2017, exchange, Lichtman asked Melngailis, “Is it bad that I’m hiring a belly dancer to be Chapo’s daily visitor?

-This could lead to something big or nothing at all.  The judge will probably address this as housekeeping before Alex Cifuentes is back on the stand under examination by the government.
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deelucky1
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he jailbreaks blackberrys then installs super app.activates parental control to snoop on evrybody in group contacts .IT hacker ?PGR and zeta 40 cashed in on rewards for captured and dead narcos  rumor has it lazca  took the 5 mil for his death .hope FBI did not pick up bad  habits from their neighbors!soon as i read that started wondering about chayo and el azuls  death where there such in a hurry  to confirm its a death .
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@deelucky nobody puts 7 topics in a single sentence better than you.

-I agree, installing a 3rd party monitoring software is not incredibly hard to do, neither is installing a secure messaging service.    

-His technical abilites are a little irrelevant now, but he did accomplish to build a VOIP system 10 years ago. This would not have been an easy task at the time, but his failure is 100% on completing a software renewal.  That being said, it's not surprising he also failed to pay taxes.  
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deelucky1
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he dosnt build or program software he uses apps!i agree with you this trial is a slaaam dunk !!but his corrupt mexican GOV buddys should also be facing jail time !
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deelucky1
mica whats the source code for the govt exhibit pics ?
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Mica
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-On an ordinary day at one of his seven hideouts deep in the Sinaloa mountains, El Chapo would rise at noon.

-A secretary would bring him his messages.

-He'd eat lunch, then afterward make business calls on a long-range cordless phone while strolling under the trees.

-Other secretaries might bring him to look over receipts from the supplies needed to provision the camps (he usually spent $150-200,000 a month) for food, petty cash and his payroll that included two maids and a security team of about 50 gunmen.
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-His secretaries would also organize his appointments, keeping track of them in little handheld notebooks.

-Typical visitors: his cartel partners, members of his family, his wife Emma Coronel, and his various girlfriends.
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