El Chapo says all he wants is a hug from his wife

El Chapo has a simple request for the judge in his drug trial... he wants to hug his wife in the courtroom

El Chapo has a simple request for the judge in his drug trial... he wants to hug his wife in the courtroom

Among other potential jurors struck were one who had a panic attack and was taken to hospital; a Michael Jackson impersonator whose job was deemed too identifiable; and a man who liked an "El Chapo" sandwich at a deli near his workplace, and complained that could make him identifiable.

Guzman has pleaded not guilty to charges accusing him of overseeing a drug cartel known for violence and for breaking him out of Mexican jails.

The names of the jurors will be kept anonymous under the strict security arrangements accompanying the trial.

Guzman also has been held in solitary confinement and barred from having visits from his wife.

Guzman, 61, watched from a table in the courtroom with his lawyers, wearing a dark suit and tie in place of the open-collared dress shirt he sported Monday.

On Wednesday, Guzman was awaiting for word on whether he can hug his wife for the first time in almost two years.

El Chapo has a simple request for the judge in his drug trial. he wants to hug his wife in the courtroom. According to official court documents, "The only human contact Mr. Guzman has had since his extradition has been with the jail personnel when putting and removing his shackles, and a quick handshake from his attorneys when he goes to court".

US District Judge Brian Cogan has not yet ruled on whether El Chapo will be allowed the hug.

One of the people dismissed on Tuesday after expressing fear about the case said she had come across news reports that Guzman promised not to kill jurors, which made her "pretty anxious".

The man, whose identity is withheld along with all potential jurors under the rigorous security arrangements surrounding the trial, was born in Colombia but has spent the last 20 years living in NY.

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