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Federal judge hands El Chapo life sentence

July 17, 2019

For Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the journey through the American justice system that started with his extradition to New York in 2017 and his conviction in February came to a close Wednesday when a judge sentenced him to life in prison for running a multibillion-dollar drug smuggling ring. In federal court in Brooklyn, U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan announced the life sentence, noting that while the law gave him no option to impose a lighter penalty, Guzman did not deserve one anyway considering the “overwhelming evil” of his crimes. The sentence was based on the jury’s guilty verdicts on ...

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Were Richard Nixon’s alleged ties to organized crime real or mere speculation?

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European Union: Organized crime deemed ‘highest’ security risk, greater than terrorism

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