Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman sought Monday to legally block any extradition bid by the United States, where authorities want to try him on several charges, a judicial source said.
U.S. prosecutors have yet to issue an extradition request, but Guzman’s lawyers filed legal documents on Sunday and Monday aimed at preventing any trial in the United States, the source said on condition of anonymity.
A judge must decide whether to approve Guzman’s injunction.
A federal prosecutor’s office in New York announced Sunday plans to seek Guzman’s extradition. The 56-year-old drug lord, who was captured Saturday, faces drug trafficking charges in several other American cities.
A Mexican judge, meanwhile, has until Tuesday to decide whether to pave the way for a domestic trial against Guzman on drug trafficking and organized crime charges.
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Banks are causing a cash crisis by tightening lending standards during coronavirus crisis
Major banks in America are tightening access to credit as coronavirus shutdowns put households across America in dire financial shape, The Wall Street Journal reported Saturday.
"Banks and financial-technology firms are starting to toughen their approval standards for new loans to consumers and small businesses. That means many people could find it hard to get credit just when they most need it, as the novel coronavirus pandemic puts thousands out of work," the newspaper reported.
BUSTED: Florida’s GOP governor illegally denied Miami Herald access to coronavirus briefing
Gov. Ron DeSantis denied the Miami Herald access to a COVID-19 coronavirus briefing, the newspaper's Tallahassee Bureau Chief reported Saturday.
"Gov. Ron DeSantis decided to violate the state's public meeting laws and chose to exclude the Miami Herald and Tampa Bay Times from a media briefing at the Capitol," Mary Ellen Klas reported.
"His media staff told another reporter, NSF's Jim Turner, that if he insisted that we be allowed in, Turner would be kept out," she noted.
Experts pour cold water of Trump’s proposal to lock down New York with a two-week quarantine
On Saturday, President Donald Trump raised the possibility that he might impose a quarantine on the states of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to contain the spread of coronavirus. But his suggestion has not met a receptive audience from experts.
Conservative Naval War College professor Tom Nichols pointed out that Trump doesn't have the authority to order such a quarantine in the first place. And former White House Press Secretary Joel Lockhart noted if it did happen, it would be stunningly authoritarian.