The criminal defense attorney representing Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán’s wife is affirming that the American-born Emma Coronel can expect to learn of her fate within a month.
‘It is too early to know, I will be frank,’ Jeffrey Lichtman told Telemundo on Friday. ‘It is difficult to know at this stage of the case how things will turn out. I would say that within 30 days we will have a clearer idea.’
He stressed that ‘everything is on the table’, – including negotiations with the US government.
Lichtman’s comments were revealed on the same day the 34-year-old mother-of -two had turned down her right to a preliminary hearing, according a document presented in the District of Columbia Court.
Emma Coronel, the jailed wife of Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán could learn of her destiny within a month, her lawyer Jeffrey Lichtman told Telemundo on Friday. The 34-year-old, who married the jailed leader of the Sinaloa Cartel as a teenager, has also turned down her right to a preliminary hearing, according a document presented in the District of Columbia Court
Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán reportedly received assistance from his wife in operating his Sinaloa Cartel. The United States government has charged the American-born Emma Coronel in single-count criminal complaint with conspiracy to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana in the U.S.
New York-based attorney Jeffrey Lichtman told Telemundo on Friday that Emma Coronel, El Chapo’s wife, ‘has a minimal stake in this whole great conspiracy’ charges that have been brought forward by the United States government and doubts that she will be in jail for life
El Chapo’s former beauty queen wife and mother of their twin daughters was arrested by federal agents on February 22 at Dulles International Airport in Virginia.
Coronel, who married El Chapo at the age of 18, has been charged with a single-count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana in the U.S.
Lichtman refused to go into details as to whether Coronel had any information that she would use against the Sinaloa Cartel, the transnational criminal organization that El Chapo co-founded and which is now under the leadership of his three sons and his associate, Ismael ‘El Mayo’ Zambada.
‘There is no chance that she can spend the rest of her life in prison.
‘Keep in mind that at this time, the minimum sentence is 10 years, maximum life imprisonment. But this is a case of a minimum participation in the case. Even if everything the government says is true, it has a minimal stake in this whole great conspiracy,’ said Lichtman, who was also tasked with representing El Chapo before was sentenced to life in prison in 2019.
Emma Coronel married Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán at the age of 18
Emma Coronel was arrested was arrested on February 22 at Dulles International Airport in Virginia. She is pictured above during a February 23 court appearance
Authorities have said that Coronel relayed messages to help Guzmán conduct drug trafficking from 2012 to early 2014, and continued delivering messages while visiting him in a Mexican prison following his February 2014 arrest.
‘That is a popular belief, but it is based on speculation, who knows what she knows. The media think that because she is married to Joaquín Guzmán she has information. How much time of her marriage did he spend in jail? It’s not that he was talking to her on the phone telling her secrets about her from prison.’
Coronel allegedly played a role in organizing Guzmán’s famous July 2015 escape from the Altiplano prison in Mexico through a mile-long tunnel dug from his cell, and began plotting another escape following his January 2016 capture by Mexican authorities, an incident that Lichtman said would not be of huge interest to the federal prosecutors handling the case.
Lichtman slammed the federal government for the way Coronel has been treated in prison. She is currently permitted to leave her prison only to shower and exercise for one hour a day, and can make phone calls to her family in the day and at night.
It’s unknown if Coronel would return to Mexico if the U.S. government was to completely drop her case.
Last Monday, the New York-based lawyer told WOR’s Len Berman and Michael Riedel in the Morning that he and Emma Coronel have been working to come up with a bail package as she awaits her trial, but he did acknowledged that the government does consider the American-born woman a flight risk.
Emma Coronel Aispuro, according to her lawyer, is permitted to leave her prison only to shower and exercise for one hour a day, and can make phone calls to her family in the day and at night.
However, a government official with knowledge of the case told DailyMail.com that it was highly unlikely the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia would entertain such offer.
Early in the month, Lichtman went on WABC’s The Other Side of Midnight program to accuse federal agents of planting rumors that Coronel had been planning to cooperate with the U.S. government to help take down the Sinaloa Cartel.
Lichtman said the rumor ‘was designed to kill her family.’
He described the alleged planting of the story as the ‘most despicable thing’ and the ‘worst prosecutorial governmental misconduct’ he has experienced in 30 years.
‘I’ve been involved with fabrication of evidence, destroying evidence, lying to judges, lying to juries by the feds but to actually put this out there is an attempt to murder her and her family,’ he said.