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Judge denies El Chapo-wife embrace, deems too risky

The US judge overseeing the New York trial of Joaquin El Chapo Guzman ruled Thursday that the notorious drug baron could not hug his beauty queen wife, as requested, just before opening statements are to begin. Guzman has been held in solitary confinement since he was extradited to the United States in January 2017, after twice escaping from prison in Mexico, subjected to the strictest inmate security protocols in the United States. This week, with jury selection underway in a Brooklyn federal court for his trial, he asked Judge Brian Cogan, in a letter submitted by his lawyer, if he could greet and embrace wife Emma Coronel before opening statements begin next Tuesday, kicking off the substantive part of the four-month trial. But while Cogan praised Guzman s exemplary behavior in court and confinement to date, and for having displayed considerable grace under pressure, the request was denied as contrary to all security procedures. Guzman, 61, is banned from communicating with

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