Transcript for Judge Denies Lighter Security for El Chapo
The Brooklyn Bridge was partially shut down as Joaquin el Chappel Guzman was transported from his solitary prison cell to off federal courtroom. Security a top concern for the drug lord who has twice escaped from maximum security Mexican prisons. Most recently slipping out through a hole in the floor into an elaborate tunnel. Now here in New York authorities are taking no chances strict security permissions his defense team and spelling amount. He's locked in the Al for 23 hours today he's only permitted out. To speak. Limited members of our obsessed and one hour of exercise a dad his only visitors his lawyers. Part of the argument from the defense. Is that they need more people available to see him if they're going to prepare a proper defense including fluent Spanish speakers. Another person hoping to see good month his wife a former beauty queen he smiled at current course about two and not it is ready to talk on the phone and he was extradited to the US about two weeks ago. His court appointed lawyers argued that the restrictions on him have been excessive. But the prosecutors questioned at that taxpayer funded public defense team is appropriate for the drug kingpin. Believed to be worth more than a billion dollars. They say he can hire his own lawyer. The defense said he had as an at any access to his money. The judge said maybe as Stanley can do it for and in fact good was once included on Forbes magazine's list of the world's billionaires. And the United States government is asking for fourteen billion dollars in restitution. On a Zack ABC news New York.
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