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NEW YORK — A judge says the Mexican drug lord known as "El Chapo" can't hug his wife at his upcoming U.S. trial.

Joaquin Guzman has been denied contact with his wife as a security measure imposed since he was brought to New York City to face drug conspiracy charges.

Defense lawyers had asked U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan for what they called a "humanitarian gesture" of allowing the hug on Tuesday before opening statements.

The judge said in an order Thursday he was sympathetic to the request and praised Guzman for good conduct under the difficulties of solitary confinement.

But he said other defendants who are considered high-security risks wouldn't be granted the favor, and that he wouldn't make an exception.

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  • Nodmcm
    November 8, 2018 at 3:37 p.m.

    He could give her a certain pinch and she could deliver the order to kill someone working at the trial. This guy could probably have anyone save our president eliminated, he has so many killers and goons working for him. How is he supposed to send messages to his crew? Do you really think he's still not the head of the cartel?

  • BEARTRAP919
    November 8, 2018 at 9:08 p.m.

    This is so sad to not get to Hug his wife, She is one Hot Momma Too.

  • MaxCady
    November 8, 2018 at 9:28 p.m.

    She could have passed him something like a handcuff key or he could have communicated something to her. That dude is too dangerous to allow something like that.

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