Lawyer: ‘El Chapo’ eager to get to the court

NEW YORK – The lawyer of the infamous Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzman (wah-KEEN’ el CHAH’-poh gooz-MAHN’) says that his client is eager to get to the court.

Attorney Eduardo Balarezo told reporters on Thursday that de Guzman wanted to knock down any speculation he would plead guilty and cooperate with U.S. authorities in his drug trafficking case. The lawyer also renewed complaints about conditions at a prison where his client is being held in solitary confinement.

The remarks came after a hearing in which a judge Sept. 5 for the selection of the jury for a trial in New York City.

Guzman has pleaded not guilty to charges that his Sinaloa cartel laundered billions of dollars and oversaw a ruthless campaign of murders and kidnappings. If he is convicted, he will be life in prison.

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