5 Nov 2018

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Why might a lengthy questionnaire have given them pause?
Is it because it is lengthy?
Is it because the questionnaire is related to the powerful drug trafficker?
Any other reason?

Before arriving for jury duty on Monday, prospective panel members filled out a lengthy questionnaire that might have given them pause.

"The case for which you are summoned involves the defendant JOAQUIN ARCHIVALDO GUZMAN LOERA, also known as 'El Chapo,' " read query No. 48. "Have you read, seen or heard anything about the defendant, the case, or people involved?"

It would be hard not to.

"In some ways, this case is unprecedented; the amount of public attention has been extraordinary," Brooklyn US District Court Judge Brian Cogan wrote in ruling against another trial delay.

Everything is extraordinary in the long-awaited case against a defendant once considered the world's most powerful drug trafficker.

The international scope of an alleged criminal enterprise that spanned continents "makes it an outlier among even the biggest drug prosecutions to date," Cogan wrote last week.

Guzman rose from being a teenage marijuana grower to earn nearly $14 billion during his years as boss of the Sinaloa drug cartel, according to federal prosecutors in New York.

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