Judge Postpones ‘El Chapo’ Trial For 2 Months

BROOKLYN (AP) -
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El Chapo arriving in New York following his extradition to the U.S. in January 2017. (U.S. law enforcement via AP)

A judge on Monday postponed the trial of notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman for two months until November.

U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan in Brooklyn set the Nov. 5 date for jury selection to begin after defense lawyers complained that prosecutors keep turning over potential evidence the defense must analyze before trial.

The lawyers say the last-minute production from prosecutors includes over 117,000 sound files and 3,500 pages of witness interviews. Another 10,000 pages are expected to be turned over in coming weeks.

Guzman was charged with his cartel laundering billions of dollars and overseeing a ruthless campaign of murders and kidnappings. He faces life in prison if convicted at trial.