Convicted Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman wants to “terminate” one of his own attorneys.
In a surprise filing, the 62-year-old kingpin is asking Brooklyn federal court Judge Brian Cogan to ax attorney Eduardo Balarezo, who represented him during his nearly four-month drug trafficking trial.
“I am writing the Court to ask you to terminate A. Eduardo Balarezo as one of my attorneys,” reads the filing, which is dated May 3 but appeared online on Saturday.
The document didn’t reveal why Guzman was canning the lawyer, and Balarezo did not immediately return a message.
A jury convicted the infamous drug trafficker in February, but his defense team — which also includes legal eagles Jeffrey Lichtman and William Purpura — has since asked Cogan to grant them a new trial, following bombshell allegations of juror misconduct.
Meanwhile, another document filed Saturday confirmed that Chapo is behind an eponymous clothing line, set to launch in June 2019 and headed by his former beauty queen wife Emma Coronel Aispuro.
“We are writing to provide a letter of intent from El Chapo Guzman: JGL, LLC to start a new clothing line that will be named “El Chapo Guzman: JGL”. The anticipated date of opening is Summer 2019,” the filing states.
Guzman’s sentencing is currently scheduled for June 25. He faces life behind bars.