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New York Court Leads Bid to Try El Chapo after Extradition

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - Jun 14, 2016, 11:18 am
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Seven Federal District Courts are lobbying to try El Chapo (MB)

EspañolThe extradite and drug trafficker Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán could be tried in the East District Court in Brooklyn, New York, according to sources involved in the case.

In the national contest between jurisdictions looking to try El Chapo, that location is currently the frontrunner.

Officials from the Department of Justice have not yet reviewed the decision involving seven prosecutors, all of whom have formally accused Guzmán over the last two decades of criminal trafficking, among other things.

But two court officials with knowledge of the process said it is probable that, if he is transferred to Mexican custody in the United States in the coming months, Guzmán will be sent to the East District Court in Brooklyn. The two sources requested that their names not be published.

Guzmán is fighting against his extradition, which could feasibly go on indefinitely, according to a source in a Brooklyn attorney’s office involved in the process.

In a series of maneuvers to remove obstacles to extradition, Brooklyn lawyers reviewed accusations and withdrew over a dozen charges that are punishable by death penalty, most of which were murders carried out by Guzmán’s associates in Mexico. They preserved the charges of conspiracy to commit murder, which carries a life sentence in jail. Around the same time, the Secretary of Foreign Relations in Mexico said he had requested and received “sufficient gaurentees” from officials in the United States that Guzmán would not be executed.

The other locations where El Chapo could be tried include Manhattan, Chicago, Miami, San Diego, El Paso and New Hampshire.

Only San Diego, the “first to start the process against Guzmán, in 1996,” and El Paso have completed formal requests for extradition. But, behind the scenes, it’s possible that lawyers in the seven districts have lobbied the Department of Justice, in some cases traveling to Washington to do so.

Source: El Nuevo Herald

Elena Toledo Elena Toledo

Educator by trade, social-media apprentice, activist for a democratic Honduras, and free thinker. Follow her on Twitter @NenaToledo.

Mexico’s Catholic Church Puts PRI Defeat Down to Gay Marriage Bill

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - Jun 14, 2016, 10:01 am
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EspañolThe Archdiocese of Mexico's Catholic church has recently taken aim at a presidential initiative that if passed would constitutionally recognize gay marriage. The bill is attributed to the "deserved punishment vote"in response to the Institutional Revolutionary Party's bad day at the polls June 5, during which they lost several governorships. "The punishment vote is an example of the fatigue of a society that is tired of being a passive spectator of a federal and state government characterized by its inefficiency, indolence, impudence and corruption," read an editorial in the archdiocese's weekly newsletter, Desde la Fe. Read More: Pemex’s Gasoline Monopoly Is Over "Since the Presidency of José López Portillo, Mexican society has never lived with the plundering of resources like what is happening in this current government," Enrique Peña Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party said in reference to the mandate. He asked if the president had no higher priorities than to attend to, "making legislative proposals that are destructive to families, their rights and their values," in an allusion to the constitutional reform presented by Peña Nieto this past May 2016. Read More: Mexico’s Elections Result in Debacle for PRI "There is no doubt that society, dissatisfied with this destructive and immoral position, will react by issuing a vote castigating the president and his party for this criminal law proposal in Mexico." According to the publication, the President and his party, "must respect society, which requires that they withdraw the proposal of giving false rights to people with homosexual preferences who can find a legal alternative that is not marriage, so as to safeguard these true rights." Source: Desde La Fe

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