NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The upcoming trial of accused drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman could be moved from Brooklyn to Manhattan.
U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan told attorneys at a hearing on Tuesday that he was still considering a request by Guzman’s attorneys to change the venue for a trial later this year.READ MORE: Manhattan, Brooklyn Residents Sue City To Stop Permanent Outdoor Dining
The defense argues that security measures used to transport Guzman from a jail in Manhattan to a Brooklyn courthouse create a public spectacle that’s prejudicial. The measures include closing part of the Brooklyn Bridge to make way for a police motorcade that’s tracked by helicopters.READ MORE: 'Phantom Of The Opera,' Broadway's Longest Running Show, Resumes Performances
Guzman was captured in Mexico in 2016 and extradited to the U.S. to stand trial. He has pleaded not guilty to charges that his Sinaloa cartel laundered billions of dollars and oversaw a ruthless campaign of murders and kidnappings.
Guzman’s trial is set for September. He faces life in prison if convicted.MORE NEWS: Rev. Jesse Jackson Celebrates 80th Birthday In Harlem
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