Updates on Vicentillo's trial and the Judge preceding over the case.

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Updates on Vicentillo's trial and the Judge preceding over the case.

Windycitykid
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So it turns out the case will go on & interesting how the career of the preceding judge is on the up and up.

CHICAGO (AP) — The first Hispanic to lead the busy federal court district that includes Chicago said Tuesday that one of his priorities will be helping ensure that juries better reflect the region's ethnic and racial diversity.

Ruben Castillo made the comments to The Associated Press in an interview shortly before he was sworn in Tuesday as chief judge of the Northern District of Illinois. He alluded to complaints for years from defense attorneys that juries often don't reflect the multicultural makeup of the district, which spans from Chicago to Rockford and west to the Iowa border.V

"That's been a sore point for all of us, including the court, as we work and try to fix that," he said.

Castillo, 58 and a long-serving U.S. district court judge, was born in Chicago to immigrant parents — his father from Mexico and his mother from Puerto Rico. He grew up on Chicago's ethnically mixed west side and has maintained close links to the Latino community.

"I understand it's historic," he said about his rise to the post, adding that he hopes it inspires young Hispanics. "The real significance will come on the streets of Chicago if some kids growing up the way I grew up think to themselves, 'Anything is possible.' If that one kid turns into 100 or 1,000 — that's even better."

It's not the only notable first in Castillo's judicial career.

He was also the first Hispanic to become a U.S. district judge in northern Illinois after being nominated by then-President Bill Clinton in 1994. Before, he worked as a defense lawyer and federal prosecutor in Chicago.

Castillo takes over as chief judge from James Holderman, whose term just ended. U.S. district judges become chief judges according to a statutory formula: It goes to the judge in a district who has the most seniority and is still under the age of 65.

Diversity, Castillo said, would be a theme of his seven-year term.

"I'm not only going to have diversity as a goal, but I am going to ask this court to embrace diversity," he said.

He did not offer detailed fixes to the problem of a lack of diversity on juries but said part of the solution would be for court officials, including himself, to reach out to minority communities and help them better understand the jury system.

As chief judge, Castillo becomes the top administrator of the court district, which is the third busiest in the nation. There are 10 million people living within its boundaries, and its around 30 federal judges handle 1,000 criminal cases and 12,000 civil cases a year.

In remarks after taking his oath in a crowded ceremonial courtroom Tuesday, Castillo also broached the issue of congressional budget constraints, criticizing lawmakers for creating "a crisis" and "a financial storm" for U.S. court districts across the country.

"I am being told as chief judge: Which limb do you want amputated?" said Castillo, flanked by dozens of judicial colleagues in their black robes.

Currently, the budget for the northern Illinois district is frozen at $14 million.

"We are operating as efficiently as we can," Castillo said. "And yet all I get are missives from Washington, D.C., that financial cuts are coming our way."

Castillo's caseload will be reduced, but he'll continue to oversee cases. That includes the drug-trafficking trial of Vicente Zambada, a lieutenant in Mexico's Sinaloa drug cartel, which is expected to happen next year.
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"Castillo's caseload will be reduced, but he'll continue to oversee cases. That includes the drug-trafficking trial of Vicente Zambada, a lieutenant in Mexico's Sinaloa drug cartel, which is expected to happen next year."

The longer the wait the less likely this guy is going to get the sentence he deserves. I don't care much about his crybaby "I was a snitch all along" claims. BooFuckingHoo..... Did he honestly think the DEA where his "friends"? The public and government both know this guy's story. He wasn't your neighborhood dealer. He was a cartel boss, was recorded asking for weapons, and planning attacks on govt buildings, right? He was recorded coordinating drug shipments. What's the big mystery here? Diego was arrested, deported, given a life sentence in less than a year if I recall. What makes this a-hole so special? Daddy?
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DD
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Windy City.  Is there something going on behind the scenes in the change in judges?  The story said that Castillo "takes over as chief judge from James Holderman, whose term just ended."

Federal judges terms do not end.  They are appointed for life.
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The thing is that El Diego was directly linked to over 1,000 murders, including the killing of Americans, while Vicentillo is accused of the fairly benign crime of directing product shipments.

There's also no doubt that there was a quid pro quo with the US government, and Loya Castro had been working with US government/CIA for at least 10 years when he arranged the meeting with Vicentillo.
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Siskiyou_Kid
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In July 2010 the US Court of Appeals ordered US District Judge James Holderman removed from a drug trial underway, concluding that he had shown "unreasonable fury" towards the prosecution.

However, he was only removed as Chief Judge of the Northern District of Illinois, and after his 7 year term ended, he was replaced with Judge Castillo. He still maintains a full caseload as a Federal Judge.

http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2013/07/03/chief-judge-ruben-castillo
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@777 The difference between this guy and diego is this.. Diego (Juarez) was on the side that the USG were helping wipe out (which you can see if able to find the relevant cables on wikileaks), Vincente (CDS/DEA/CIA) was on the same side as the USG.

The judges career will take off if he continues to ignore any proof that may help Vincente prove he was not only working with/for the Feds but also does his best to keep secret any relevant data the government may have on his time as a Confidential informant. Wouldn't it just shatter the whole ''war of drugs'' propaganda if it could be proven that not only did the alphabet agencies know of drug dealing and mass murder on an industrial scale but also helped to facilitate it?
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T]he United States government at its highest levels entered into agreements with cartel leaders to act as informants against rival cartels and received benefits in return, including, but not limited to, access to thousands of weapons which helped them continue their business of smuggling drugs into Chicago and throughout the United States, and to continue wreaking havoc on the citizens and law enforcement in Mexico.  
Zambada-Niebla believes that he, like the leadership of the Sinaloa cartel, was “immune from arrest or prosecution” because he also actively provided information to U.S. federal agents.
In its official response to the discovery motion, the government stated that there are “classified materials” regarding the case but argued they “do not support the defendant’s claim that he was promised immunity or public authority for his actions.”
Zambada-Niebla’s lawyer is seeking government “documents, files, recordings, notes, and additional forms of evidence” that would support claims that federal agents personally assured Zambada-Niebla that “he would not be arrested, that the agents knew of his prior cooperation… that they just wanted to continue receiving information… [and] that the arrangements with him had been approved at the highest levels of the United States government.”

http://www.businessinsider.com.au/stratfor-the-us-works-with-cartels-2012-9
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