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El Chapo’s Lawyer Promises The Drug Lord Won’t Kill Jury Members, But Prosecutors Don’t Believe It

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Jury duty isn’t the funnest thing in the world, but it’s something all U.S. citizens are required to do, no matter how hard we try and get out of it.

However, what if you were told that the jury you’d be serving on would decide the fate of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán? We’ll let you think about that for a bit, though this might influence your decision:

EL Chapo’s defense team told the court that jurors don’t need protection from the drug lord with a bloody past.

El Chapo’s federal trial is coming up very soon, so the next item of business is picking a jury. Naturally some people might be a bit apprehensive about serving on a jury that deals with one of the biggest drug kingpins of our time — at least that is what prosecutors are saying.

Prosecutors submitted court documents stating that jurors should have protection and anonymity while serving in case El Chapo orders his people to kill them. They allege that previous witnesses in cases involving El Chapo have been threatened with death, but his lawyers say that claim is false.

According to The New York Post: “Prosecutors have asked Brooklyn Federal Court Justice Brian Cogan to impanel an anonymous jury in the infamous cartel leader’s September trial, citing his long history of violence and instances in which he’s believed to have tried to whack past witnesses.”

To set jurors and the court at ease, defense lawyers also say  El Chapo “promises to not kill them.” Uhh, that somehow doesn’t make it better.

According to court documents, lawyers for El Chapo say that giving jurors special protections, such as a bodyguard, ““sends the message that he or she needs to be protected from Mr. Guzman. From there, members of the jury could infer that Mr. Guzman is both dangerous and guilty,” Eduardo Balarez, El Chapo’s attorney, wrote in a court filing, according to The Independent.

Prosecutors argue that El Chapo is capable of giving execution orders despite being behind bars, writing in court documents: “The defendant has demonstrated the ability to bring substantial resources to bear, even while confined, in his efforts to subvert justice… He was able to arrange the construction of a tunnel into his prison cell in order to escape.”

El Chapo’s trial is set for April. He is charged with a “federal crime for overseeing a multi-billion-dollar international drug trafficking operation responsible for murders and kidnappings.”

READ: Read the Most Intriguing Texts between Kate del Castillo and El Chapo

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There's A Casting Call For A 'West Side Story' Remake, And Producers Are Looking For Latino Actors To Star

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There’s A Casting Call For A ‘West Side Story’ Remake, And Producers Are Looking For Latino Actors To Star

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Steven Spielberg is remaking “West Side Story” and people are flipping out!

It’s been reported that Spielberg is directing a remake of the 1961 musical classic “West Side Story.” Spielberg is apparently keeping very busy these days. The legendary director is also working on directing the fifth installment to the Indiana Jones franchise next year, which is set to be released in 2020, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Aside from directing this new and exciting version of “West Side Story,” Spielberg is full immersed in the casting details for this project as well.

The main reason people are thrilled over this new version is because the main characters must be Spanish-speaking Latinos.

The casting notice clearly indicates that the lead actors must be able to sing and dance, as would be expected. However, the call also says actors must be Spanish-speaking Latinos, as the characters were intended to be.

If you don’t know the film or even the musical it’s based off of, it’s your basic Romeo and Juliet story but instead of Verona  in the 1300s, “West Side Story” is set in Manhattan in the 1950s. It has yet to be revealed if the remake will also take place in that era or in present day.

The main characters are Tony and Maria, a caucasian boy and Puerto Rican girl who fall for each other despite their love being forbidden. There’s also Bernardo, Maria’s big brother and a gang leader who had beautifully choreographed dance fights against the rival gang, the Jets. His girlfriend, Anita, was Maria’s best friend and confidant who could dance up a storm.

As you may recall in the original film, the lead actors were not Puerto Rican except for Rita Moreno, who played Anita.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qy6wo2wpT2k

The white actors who starred in the film wore brown makeup and affected thick, inauthentic accents. The lead role of Maria was played by Natalie Wood, who didn’t actually do any of her own singing for the film.

The casting notice is out and producers are looking for a Tony, Maria, Anita, and Bernardo.

It’s also being reported that the new version of “West Side Story” will include the very talented Lin-Manuel Miranda. In the 2009 Broadway production of “West Side Story,” the song “I Feel Pretty” was altered to be sung in Spanish, with new lyrics translated by Miranda.

It’s clear that studio heads are finally taking notice that people are tired of #OscarsSoWhite and hiring Latinos for major Hollywood roles.

Here’s how people are taking the news on social media.

https://twitter.com/HarperYi/status/957007737048756224

https://twitter.com/ira/status/956703583881187329


READ: Latinos Recall The First Time They Felt Represented In Movies And TV

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