By Brendan Pierson
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Accused Mexican drug trainer Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s steady escapes from the law infer that he “knows he’s guilty,” a U.S. prosecutor told jurors in shutting arguments at his hearing on Wednesday, propelling them not to let him shun again.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrea Goldbarg’s outline of Guzman’s story of thespian jail escapes capped off a day-long summation in sovereign justice in Brooklyn in which she also pounded the invulnerability justification that Guzman was a scapegoat.
Standing in front of a list piled with hearing justification including AK-47 rifles and bricks of cocaine, Goldbarg pronounced Guzman ran from the law because he wanted to equivocate sitting before a jury.
“Do not let him shun responsibility,” she urged the jurors.
Guzman, 61, has twice transient from high-security Mexican prisons, once dark in a washing transport and once through a scarcely mile-long hovel dug into his cell. While on the run, he evaded steady constraint attempts, once through a hovel dark underneath a bathtub in one of his protected houses.
He was prisoner for the last time in Jan 2016 and extradited to the United States a year later. He could face life in jail if convicted of the 10 rapist depends he faces.
One of Guzman’s lawyers, Jeffrey Lichtman, claimed in his opening matter that the cartel’s genuine personality is Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, who stays at large.
Goldbarg discharged that justification on Wednesday, revelation the jury that the charge had to infer only that Guzman was a leader, not the most critical or only one.
The hearing spanned 10 weeks of testimony from more than 50 witnesses, including former Guzman associates who are auxiliary with the U.S. supervision after distinguished defence deals.
Guzman’s lawyers have sought to criticise the cooperators’ credit in cross-examinations, which Goldbarg addressed conduct on.
“These witnesses were criminals,” she said. “The supervision is not seeking you to like them.”
However, she said, their testimony matched intercepted phone calls, content messages and letters from Guzman.
“You know these auxiliary witnesses are revelation the law because you listened the same thing from the defendant’s possess mouth,” she said.
Goldbarg spent much her shutting justification reviewing justification joining Guzman to particular drug shipments. She also summed up testimony that Guzman plotted to kill his enemies.
Guzman called only one declare in his invulnerability on Tuesday. Lichtman is approaching to broach his shutting justification on Thursday.
(Reporting By Brendan Pierson in New York; Editing by Anthony Lin and Grant McCool)