Judge rejects Mexican drug lord El Chapo's bid for new trial

U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan said in a written ruling Wednesday that a "mountain range of evidence" was introduced against El Chapo.
IMAGE: Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman
Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is escorted by authorities after his detention in Mexico City on Jan. 18, 2016Jose Mendez / EPA file

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By Associated Press

A New York judge has rejected a request for a new trial by the Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo.

U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan said in a written ruling Wednesday that a "mountain range of evidence" introduced against Joaquin Guzman overcame his claims that the jury was tainted.

Cogan said any rational average juror would have convicted El Chapo based on overwhelming evidence at a trial that ended in February. Guzman was convicted of murder conspiracy and drug trafficking charges.

Defense attorneys sought a new trial, saying jurors improperly followed media coverage. They cited a Vice News report alleging jurors were aware of potentially prejudicial claims that were excluded from the trial.

Cogan said the claims lacked "extremely prejudicial conduct" required for a new trial.