Jurors selected for marathon US El Chapo drugs trial

Drug kingpin Joaquin

Drug kingpin Joaquin"El Chapo Guzman is on trial in New York where a potential juror was dismissed after admitting he was"a bit of a fan

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is escorted by soldiers at the hangar belonging to the office of the Attorney General in Mexico City in 2016.

Twelve jurors and six alternates were selected Wednesday to decide the fate of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, one of the most notorious criminals in the world, on trial in NY for smuggling drugs into the United States over a quarter of a century.

The judge put off swearing in the jurors until next week out of concern some still might try to duck duty for a trial expected to last into next year.

He told the court during his interview that he was aware of drug trafficking because he was born in Medellin, the hometown of former Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, and that he liked televised crime dramas, but insisted that would not affect his judgement should he be empanelled.

Guzman, who's been in solitary confinement and unable to touch anyone since he was shipped to a U.S. jail in January 2017, has asked Brooklyn federal Judge Brian Cogan if he can share an "embrace" with his former beauty queen wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, before opening statements in his drug trafficking case next week.

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The judge has not yet ruled on the request.

After three long days of selection- Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's jury is set.

A total of 27 people have so far been dismissed as potential jurors, out of almost 60 who have been questioned. When asked why the man replied: "I'm a bit of a fan".

U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan, who is overseeing the case, said another woman told him privately, in tears, that her mother, with whom she lives, said they would have to "move and get a new house", drawing a laugh from Guzman.

The prosecution objected and the defense argued he should stay, but Cogan dismissed him.

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