By Alexandra Cohen
Las Vegas Tribune
Last week the defense team for Joaquin Guzman, who is on trial for several charges including drug and murder conspiracy charges even if murder was not mentioned during the several weeks trial in a Brooklyn, New York Federal courtroom, came to an end.
The expert lawyering voice of attorney Jeffrey Lichtman started his team’s closing argument, saying, “A house that’s built on a rotten foundation won’t stand for long.”
As always the government has two shots at brainwashing the jury; on Thursday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Amanda Liskamm tried to cover-up for Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrea Goldbarg, who had the task of discrediting Joaquin Guzman in open court in her closing argument on Wednesday.
One of Guzmán’s defense team of attorneys, William Purpura, on cross-examination, had pushed for the possibility that Zambada Garcia could be the real head of the cartel rather than his client, who could be the cartel scapegoat.
All testimonies from drug trafficking to bribing government officials, and ties to Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) have not been connected directly to Joaquin Guzman Loera, but the judge presiding in the case, Judge Brian M. Cogan, no longer allows those “details” to be mentioned.
Lichtman dinged Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrea Goldbarg’s closing argument Wednesday by saying she was “talking about these murders like it’s established fact.”
He asked jurors to think about the whereabouts of any evidence that points to reports of missing people in Mexico and whether Guzman had any role in the murders. He joked Guzman “killed like a zillion of them” and said, “this is Mexico, not Mars … there’s gotta be some notice.”
Cartel turncoat Jesus Zambada Garcia, the first in a parade of informants in the Guzman trial, testified that he delivered “several
million dollars” to Gabriel Regino — an underling of newly-elected president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.
Lichtman said Guzman was “arrested over and over again” despite the $100 million bribe a drug trafficker testified his client allegedly
paid to the former Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.
“Who do you think paid that bribe?” Lichtman asked the jurors. He said Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada handled the payoff and remains free while his client was “hunted like an animal.” He called Guzman “the rabbit that Mexican authorities have been chasing.”
It is a fact that bribe is uselessly paid for protection, so why would anyone waste $100 million on a bribe so they can get arrested?
It is a fact that most of the government victories in a courtroom are based on snitches’ testimonies and deals made by real criminals with the government to obtain a get-out-of jail free card and they are willing to say whatever the government orders them to say “under oath” nevertheless.
It is not the first time that the government went from the most serious charge to a reduced charge of which they can get a conviction.
How can that happen? Because the government wants to score a victory, a win, at any cost, regardless of their modus operandi or who may get hurt.
By Alexandra Cohen