Joaquin “El Chapo” Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman knew that he would be convicted during his trial, according to his lawyer, but he vows to fight on.
Speaking to CNN on 'New Day," Guzmán's lawyer, Jeffrey Lichtman said:
“I think he fully expected this. This case was impossible to win. I think he was convicted even before he came to America.”
Guzmán was convicted Tuesday of running an international drug smuggling operation as head of Mexico’s notorious and murderous Sinaloa Cartel. Guzmán now faces life in prison at his sentencing hearing, scheduled for June 25.
Lichtman said that Guzman remained positive following the guilty verdict.
“He said, ‘Just keep fighting. I’m not going to give up, you don’t give up,'” Lichtman said.
“I don’t think he got a fair trial. The press has to do its job but the press was overwhelmingly negative before the jury was even picked,” Lichtman told CBS’s 'This Morning.'
“We were presumed guilty. It was very difficult to get around the myth of El Chapo.”
He also explained why the notorious drug lord did not take the stand.
“It’s very rare in a criminal case where a defendant takes the stand and they had a tremendous amount of material to cross-examine him on, had we put him on the stand. And my belief was, if we had any chance to win the case, we’ll lose it if takes the stand.”
Fox News' 'Fox & Friends" managed to get Guzmán on a call, where he reportedly slammed the trial.
“It was a phony witch hunt,” he said.
“It was a phony, rigged witch hunt, and the charges against me were fake news and a disgrace.” knews that he would be convicted during his trial, according to his lawyer, but he vows to fight on.