El Chapo’s wife arrives in court as judge denies request to move trial

El Chapo’s beauty queen wife, 29, arrives in court as judge denies drug lord’s request to move his trial to Manhattan as high-security trek to Brooklyn ‘makes him look guilty’

  • Emma Coronel Aispuro seen striding into Brooklyn Federal Court on Tuesday
  • Pictured alongside a female companion rather than her two young daughters
  • At hearing, judge rejected request to move trial from Brooklyn to Manhattan
  • Lawyers said spectacle of journey across Brooklyn Bridge made him look guilty

El Chapo’s beauty queen wife arrived in court on Tuesday as a judge denied a request to move his trial away from Brooklyn to prevent the public spectacle around the huge security operation involved in transporting him from jail.

Wearing black pants, a pastel pink pussy bow blouse, a black vest and Aviator-style glasses, Emma Coronel Aispuro, 29, strode into Brooklyn Federal Courthouse with a female companion in place of her two young daughters.

At the hearing, Judge Brian Cogan rejected arguments by lawyers for Guzman that the security drill could hurt his chances for a fair trial by giving the public the impression he is already guilty.

Wearing black pants, a pastel pink pussy bow blouse, a black vest and Aviator-style glasses, Emma Coronel Aispuro, 29, strode into Brooklyn Federal Courthouse on Tuesday for a pre-trial hearing

The beauty queen walked into the court alongside a female companion in place of her two young daughters, who often accompany her

The judge said he would not publicly explain his reasoning for denying the request to move the case to Manhattan, where El Chapo is in jail. He said some of the logistical concerns would be addressed, though did not go into specifics.

Guzman, who was extradited to the US last year, has pleaded not guilty to charges that his cartel laundered billions of dollars and oversaw a ruthless campaign of murders and kidnappings.


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He faces life in prison if convicted at a trial that could last several weeks and is set to begin in November.

Each time the drug lord appears in court, authorities transporting him to and from Metropolitan Correctional Center shut down the Brooklyn Bridge to make way for a police motorcade that includes a SWAT team and an ambulance, all tracked by helicopters.

 At the hearing, Judge Brian Cogan rejected arguments by lawyers for Guzman that the security drill could hurt his chances for a fair trial by giving the public the impression he is already guilty. Pictured: Aispuro (left) entering the court

Aispuro has rarely spoken publicly about her life with El Chapo, except several times in previous years to say her husband’s life was ‘in danger’ due to poor conditions in the jail where he is being held

Guzman, who was extradited to the US last year, has pleaded not guilty to charges that his cartel laundered billions of dollars and oversaw a ruthless campaign of murders and kidnappings

Authorities have justified the tight security for Guzman by noting that he has twice escaped from prison in Mexico. The second time, it was via a mile-long tunnel dug to the shower in his cell.

Since his extradition to New York in January, Guzman has repeatedly complained about his conditions of confinement.

He claimed in a letter to the court that the light in his cell where he spends 23 hours a day is on at all hours, and that the temperature is either ‘too hot’ or ‘too cold.’

As a result, Guzman said he’s had trouble sleeping, suffers constant headaches and vomits daily. ‘It is torture 24 hours a day,’ he wrote.

Each time the drug lord appears in court, authorities transporting him to and from Metropolitan Correctional Center shut down the Brooklyn Bridge to make way for a police motorcade. Pictured: El Chapo being transported on Tuesday

El Chapo pictured in 2014 after being captured for the first time by Mexican security personnel working alongside American agents

Aispuro has visited him several times since January this year, when he was moved from Mexico to the US to face trial.

In November, a judge granted their request for him to undergo psychiatric evaluation.

At that hearing, he smiled and waved at his wife and daughters who were in the courtroom.

Asked in June if Guzman has been permitted to watch Mexico play in the World Cup, defense attorney William Purpura shook his head and responded: ‘No. He wishes.’ 

Since his extradition in January 2017, El Chapo has been held in solitary confinement at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Lower Manhattan (pictured in an undated file photo)  

This image shows the entrance to the hole in the shower block at Almoloya prison in Mexico through which El Chapo escaped in July 2015

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