Lawyers for the Mexican drug lord say jurors violated the judge’s orders by following media coverage of the case

Joaquín Guzmán, the Mexican drug lord known as “El Chapo”, on Tuesday asked a US judge to set aside his conviction for smuggling tons of drugs into the United States and grant a new trial, saying juror misconduct deprived him of his constitutional right to a fair trial.

In a filing with the federal court in Brooklyn, New York, lawyers for Guzmán relied heavily on a 20 February report in Vice News in which an unnamed juror said that at least five fellow jurors violated the trial judge’s orders by following the case in the media during the 11-week trial.

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