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***** PRESS RELEASE *****

February 12, 2019 (Brooklyn, NY) – We are obviously disappointed with the jury’s

verdict in the trial of Joaquín Guzmán Loera but are respectful of the process and the jury’s

decision. We were faced with extraordinary and unprecedented obstacles in defending Joaquín,

including his detention in solitary confinement that hampered his ability to assist in his defense;

the multiple decisions that limited cross-examination of cooperating witnesses; and the sheer

volume of discovery produced on a timeline that rendered effective review of the material nearly

impossible. In addition, the government’s reliance on the testimony of cooperating witnesses

laid bare the corruption of the criminal justice system where freedom is traded by the

government in exchange for testimony. We will review all of Joaquín’s options, including

appeal. We remain committed to Joaquín’s defense as his case continues into its next phase.


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