Defending 'El Chapo:' Attorney William Purpura on the Trial of a Mexican Drug Kingpin | WYPR

Defending 'El Chapo:' Attorney William Purpura on the Trial of a Mexican Drug Kingpin

Feb 18, 2019

In this January 2017 photo, extradited Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman arrives in the US to face drug trafficking charges.
Credit US Drug Enforcement Administration via AP

Todaya conversation with William Purpura, a Baltimore attorney who was a member of the legal defense team for Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the notorious Mexican drug kingpin also known as "El Chapo."  Guzman was convicted in a Brooklyn courthouse last week on charges related to his illicit drug enterprise. The guilty verdicts, on all 10 counts, came after a three-month trial, and for federal prosecutors, three decades of investigation into the huge drug trafficking enterprise known as the Sinaloa Cartel. It was one of the most high-profile federal drug prosecutions in history. 

Baltimore attorney William Purpura, at the Midday microphone.
Credit Photo by Rob Sivak/WYPR

William Purpura has been involved in other recent high-profile cases, including the defense of Daniel Hersl, one of the Baltimore City police officers convicted in the Gun Trace Task Force scandal, and Michael Vaughan, a former MD Delegate from Prince George’s County, who was sentenced to four years in prison in a bribery case last September.  Mr. Purpura joins Tom in Studio A.  

We live-streamed this conversation, and you can view the video on the WYPR Facebook page.