Brooklyn federal prosecutors are demanding sanctions against defense lawyers for Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman for allegedly facilitating unauthorized communication between the Guzman and his wife.
The US Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York was enraged by the surveillance footage in which Guzman's wife, Emma Coronel, was seen in possession of a cell phone in violation of courthouse policy. Prosecutors said the “impermissible” contact happened “in concert with an attorney visit to the defendant following two trial days last week.”
Federal authorities have imposed tight security measures throughout Guzman's proceedings. Tuesday's court filings referred to a “determination by the Attorney General that communications and contacts between the defendant and other persons could result in death or serious bodily injury to others.”
the attorney for Guzman did not respond to a request for comment.