A Mexican judge has cleared the way for Sinaloa drug cartel boss Joaquin Guzman known as "El Chapo" or "the Midget" to be extradited to the United States, and his sorry ass will be prosecuted in a federal court in Brooklyn, NY as reported by Jon Swaine for The Guardian:
Federal prosecutors in New York's eastern district, where Guzman's network allegedly sent almost four tonnes of cocaine in 2002-03, are reported to have won the right to try him after competing with rival cases including Chicago, San Diego, and El Paso for the justice department's approval. "It is a calculus that involves a lot of different issues, but what it boils down to at the end of day is: who's got the best charges and who's got the best evidence," said Theresa Van Vliet, a former chief of narcotics at the justice department. "It's as simple as that."
This blog predicted earlier this month that New York would win the right over Chicago to try the Midget: "there's no way in hell the United States will try El Chapo in Chicagoland which is the American headquarters for the Sinaloa cartel" Not only would federal prosecutors risk the substantial chance that a jury in Chicago would include a member who is sympathetic to El Chapo and his narco pals but the case would bring unwanted public attention to their entrenched presence in the Windy City which could have political blowback.
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