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Potential Juror Who Wanted El Chapo’s Autograph Dismissed

Another potential juror who had described himself as a Michael Jackson impersonator also was dismissed

What to Know

  • A man who wanted the autograph of the Mexican drug lord known as "El Chapo" has been dismissed as a potential juror at a U.S. trial
  • The man said he asked a court officer to help him get Joaquin Guzman's autograph
  • Another potential juror who had described himself as a Michael Jackson impersonator also was dismissed

A man who wanted the autograph of the Mexican drug lord known as "El Chapo" has been dismissed as a potential juror at a U.S. trial.

The man admitted at jury selection on Tuesday that he asked a court officer to help him get the autograph of Joaquin Guzman. That was enough for the judge to disqualify him.

Another potential juror who had described himself as a Michael Jackson impersonator also was dismissed.

Prosecutors had argued his profession made him too recognizable for a jury that's being kept anonymous as a safety measure.

Guzman has pleaded not guilty to charges that his Sinaloa cartel smuggled tons of drugs into the United States and waged a campaign of violence to keep him in power.

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