The single most important thing that bothers me about the Chapo trial is the apparent double standard in American jurisprudence and its prosecution of the drug war. Americans tend to blame México for much of the reason why Americans consume drugs while conveniently forgetting the part Americans play in the whole affair. The Chapo trial offers a poignant example.

El Chapo’s wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, attended almost every day of his trial. In at least two occasions she was caught by court authorities for having an illegal phone in the court room. You can read about the illegal phones in my book; “Convicting Chapo, Naked and Afraid – the Trial to Convict El Chapo”.

The issue of the phones is important because the risk of identifying witnesses that the court was protecting and of her communicating with El Chapo to plan another escape from prison. The wife also participated, with the likely help of Chapo’s attorneys in a wardrobe scheme one day at the court to what can best be described as a message to a witness and at worst witness intimidation. You can also read about the wardrobe drama in my book. (Buy Here)

Not withstanding the wardrobe scheme and the illegal phones, the jury was shown evidence that Emma Coronel Aispuro conspired and actively helped El Chapo escape prison. Not only did she help him once, but she was helping him escape a third time right before he was extradited. The evidence is clear about this.

Add to the wife drama is the fact that she is a U.S. citizen who is routinely in America and was in the courtroom throughout most of the trial living off money that cannot be traced to legitimate funds.

Through out all of this she remains not only free but able to come and leave America as she pleases.


Why is it acceptable for Americans to ignore her while blaming México for not doing enough to end the scourge of drugs?

Martin Paredes

Martín Paredes is a Mexican immigrant who built his business on the U.S.-Mexican border. As an immigrant, Martín brings the perspective of someone who sees México as a native through the experience...