El Chapo’s trial delayed by ‘anxious and upset’ juror attempting to get off case
The trial of accused Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has been delayed today due to an “anxious and upset” juror who brought a doctor’s note to court to help get taken off the case.
The woman, who cannot be named, presented the judge with her note which reportedly said her involvement in the trial would “result in a breakdown and crying”.
According to the New York Post, Speaking at Brooklyn federal court in New York City, Judge Brian Cogan said: “I got a handwritten letter which details medical issues that have been brought about by her selection.
“This person has been anxious and upset since selection. If I were to ask further questions, it will result in a breakdown and crying.”
The woman was one of 12 jurors selected for the trial, which could last up to four months.
Instead of replacing the woman with one of six alternatives, the judge decided to select a fresh jury entirely.
Guzman, 61, wore a suit and blue tie in court today.
The defendant, who dramatically escaped from Mexican maximum security prisons twice, has been kept in solitary confinement in Manhattan and transported to court in Brooklyn in a heavily guarded motorcade.
He faces 17 criminal counts and a potential life sentence if convicted.
His nickname ‘El Chapo’, a reference to his five foot, six inch (1.67 meters) height, is often translated in English as “shorty.”
The US Government said they plan to tell El Chapo’s story – part history, part biographical – during the trial in New York.