El Chapo's Defense Fights to Keep Bigamy Allegations out of Drug Trial


There is quite a hefty list of crimes allegedly committed by Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera and now another interesting crime could be noted in his trial.

El Chapo's defense lawyer William Purpura allegedly objected to questions from the judge overseeing the drug-trafficking trial in order to not expose to the jury any details about his client's multiple marriages. 

“I’m not sure of the relevance of other wives. The fact that he might have three other wives at the same time he was married to Griselda, there’s no relevance to that,” Purpura said according to a transcript of the conversation obtained by the Daily News.

Griselda López Pérez and El Chapo were married in the mid-80s after reportedly getting hitched to Alejandrina María Salazar Hernández in 1977. It is not certain if he was married to lover Estela Peña.

His current wife Emma Coronel, 29, is an American-born former beauty queen and has been attending his trial at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn.

“The status of the objection is that the court is going to allow over objection the introduction of multiple wives, which obviously looks like bad acts,” Purpura pleaded to the judge.

El Chapo, 61, has pleaded not guilty to more than a dozen counts of drug trafficking, firearms offenses and money laundering. He’s accused of running the brutal, billion-dollar Sinaloa drug cartel and faces life in prison if convicted of his charges. 

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