JOAQUIN Guzman's trial began in November and is taking place in Brooklyn, New York. Here's the latest on what we know about the alleged Mexican drug lord's trial surrounding his activities and £11 billion fortune. Who is El Chapo? Joaquin Guzman is a Mexican drug kingpin known as El Chapo - which means "shorty" in English - due to his short stature. The 61-year-old headed the Sinaloa Cartel, a criminal organisation named after the Mexican Pacific coast. El Chapo became the country's top drug lord in 2003 after the arrest of his rival Osiel Cardenas of the Gulf Cartel. He was considered the "most powerful drug trafficker in the world" by the United States Department of the Treasury. What is the latest on his New York trial? Day one of the hearing was delayed due to a jury member being excused. Although the trial has some of the strictest security measures, one of the 12 anonymous jurors was excused due to alleged anxiety. So far in the trial, which began on November 5, the … [Read more...] about El Chapo trial – what have we learned so far from Joaquin Guzman’s New York City trial?
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‘This is about the people who live here, and they lose from this,’ an editor says after his termination. Zach Haberman, who was laid off Monday morning from the New York Daily News, acknowledged shortly after leaving the newsroom that the situation “sucks.” But the real story, he stressed, is “not about any individual.” “This is about this city. This is about this institution,” Haberman, who was the Daily News’ breaking news editor, told POLITICO. “And this is about the people who live here, and they lose from this.” The decimation of the Daily News follows a familiar storyline in a struggling industry, as a national newspaper chain — in this case, Chicago-based Tronc — announces a “restructuring” (aka layoffs) of a paper that’s already been downsized in recent years. Tronc, which just bought the Daily News in September, laid off staffers at its Chicago Tribune in March and recently sold … [Read more...] about Daily News cuts drive fears New York City’s becoming ‘local news desert’
NEW YORK -- A Queens man faces charges for allegedly stockpiling illegal weapons and fake law enforcement gear inside his Rosedale home, CBS New York reports. Kevin Nugent, 40, was arrested after investigators discovered a .380 Ruger pistol, Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun and hundreds of rounds of ammunition inside his home, the Queens district attorney's office said. They also found equipment he could use to impersonate law enforcement, like ballistic vests, handcuffs, two-way radios -- even different business cards falsely identifying him as part of the New York City Police Department (NYPD), FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. "Illegal firearms have no place in our communities. This defendant is accused of possessing guns, live ammunition and police gear – that when worn would have convinced most civilians that he was a member of law enforcement. These deadly weapons and other items have been seized to protect anyone from harm and the defendant now faces a … [Read more...] about New York City man accused of stockpiling weapons, drugs, fake police gear
THESE stunning photographs reveal the harsh reality of life in 1980s New York - a financially-ruined city riddled with gun crime and prostitution. Award-winning sociologist Helen M Stummer took dozens of gripping snaps as she spent 40 years chronicling life in New York City and nearby Newark - once described as the worst city in the world. Stummer, 82, told MailOnline: "I'd stay year in and year out and I become friends with people. "That’s how I overcame my fear or one of the ways. I come from the suburbs, and in the suburbs you’re pretty much conditioned to fear anything that’s different. I had to force myself out of that." One stunning snap shows a young mum playing with a toddler on a street flooded by a fire hydrant. She said: "You don’t realise how cold that hydrant water really is. I don’t know how that baby is in the water or any of the children. Cops stood guard to protect the Klan members from angry protestors "I put my feet in there and it is … [Read more...] about Striking snaps reveal harsh reality of life in New York and New Jersey’s roughest neighbourhoods in the 1970s and 1980s
DISGRACED mogul Harvey Weinstein was ordered to wear an electronic tag as part of his £750,000 bail conditions. The 66-year-old producer, who wore three sets of linked handcuffs because of his size, was charged with sex assault and rape in New York yesterday. Weinstein agreed to hand in his passport and wear the monitoring device which will track his movements, USA Today reported. It means he can not legally leave the states of New York or Connecticut unless he has permission from the relevant District Attorney's office. "Waiving extradition means agreeing not to fight extradition," said criminal defence lawyer Lara Yeretsian. She told USA Today: "It means that a defendant will consent to return to a state that has criminal proceedings instituted against him or her." He earlier clutched a biography on Elia Kazan — the womanising, A Streetcar Named Desire director accused of sex assault in the 1970s — as he surrendered to cops in New York at 7.30am. He arrived with … [Read more...] about Harvey Weinstein forced to wear an electronic tag as part of £750,000 bail conditions after leaving New York police station in handcuffs