Chapo’s lawyers just filed legal docs asking the judge to allow him to embrace his wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, over the courtroom railing.
The lawyers say it would be a “humanitarian gesture,” because he hasn’t had any contact with his wife for 2 years since his arrest. He’s been in solitary confinement and has had no ability to see, call or write her the entire time.
Chapo’s lawyers say, aside from meeting with them, he’s had no contact with the outside world and, as a result, his mental health has deteriorated. The legal docs say, “The only human contact Mr. Guzman has had since his extradition has been with the jail personnel when putting and removing his shackles, and a quick handshake from his attorneys when he goes to court.”
The judge has yet to rule on the hug.
El Chapo famously escaped from Mexican prisons twice before being arrested and turned over to the US in January 2017.
If convicted, he will spend the rest of his life in a US prison.
El Chapo is charged with 17 counts of drug trafficking and running a criminal enterprise known as the Sinaloa cartel, one of Mexico’s most violent and dangerous organized crime syndicates. He has pleaded not guilty.