El Chapo Jury Selected, Asks to Hug his Wife
A JURY HAS BEEN SELECTED IN THE FEDERAL CASE AGAINST JOAQUIN "EL CHAPO" GUZMAN
(CNN) – A jury has been selected in the federal case against Joaquin Guzman, known as “El Chapo.”
A total of 12 jurors, a group that includes 5 men and 7 women were chosen, as well as 6 alternates.
Given the defendant’s violent history, jurors will remain anonymous only identified by a number.
The selection process had some interesting moments, one prospective juror was dismissed after asking for the drug lord’s autograph, another says he frequently ordered a bagel named for “El Chapo” at a local deli and a Michael Jackson impersonator was let go because he feared he could be identified through his job.
And then on Wednesday, El Chapo asked the judge whether he could hug his wife before opening statements next week.
He’s waiting for the judge’s decision.
Guzman is facing charges of international drug trafficking, conspiring to murder rivals, gun charges and money laundering.
He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.