Even a Life Sentence Won’t Silence El Chapo
The world just recently became a safer and better place. While one good person can sometimes make that kind of difference, it takes an especially bad person to have that kind of impact. The world is a safer and better place because justice was served to a man like that (although many may say that justice wasn’t firm enough).
The name of this person is Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, most commonly referred to simply as El Chapo. While the actual meaning of el chapo (shorty) doesn’t inspire fear, the monster El Chapo did. People kill other people. People abuse other people. People even lie, cheat and steal, living their lives as criminals. El Chapo was less a man, and much more than a criminal, he was truly Mexico’s monster. He also quickly became a nemesis and danger to the United States.
In fact, El Chapo is a danger to the world but there is a reason we call them monsters. Accused of killing dozens of people to protect himself and what is being considered the largest drug trafficking organization in the world is only the beginning of this story. This is a criminal organization that has been in operation for three decades, led by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.
Rape, bribery, torture and so many other vile crimes that we don’t have time to even list them here. One story citing Judge Cogan said that there is “a mountain range of evidence” when he denied Guzman’s defense attorneys attempt to file for a retrial.
Now Mr. Guzman will be sent to Prison for life… plus thirty years. There are already requests made by prosecutors to have him sent to the only supermax prison in the country, Colorado’s ADX Florence. That is with good reason as well, because El Chapo has already escaped twice from prison, albeit Mexican prisons where he likely bought his way out. It is actually believed that El Chapo essentially owned Mexico as records and reports show millions of dollars in payoffs, including accusations of bribing the current President of Mexico. We don’t expect his money, reach and power to have such success here at home.
The 62-year-old cartel leader certainly knows that this is it, that his run is over. So, any regrets, apologies or remorse from the now sentenced drug lord? Oh yes, he had words but they are the words you would expect – from a monster.
“Since the government will send me to a jail where my name will not ever be heard again, I take this opportunity to say: There was no justice here,” that was one part of a 15 minute rant where he addressed the court at his sentencing. He continued by saying things like, “corrupt” (American government) and claims to have been subjected to “psychological, emotional and mental torture” during his confinement. Add in words like, “cruel and inhumane” (those are his words) and you get the picture.
It is hard to believe the judge even allowed that nonsense to carry on for more than five minutes, let alone fifteen. Maximum security prison, you better believe it. The only real question left is this, was life in prison (even with the plus 30 years) fair? For many people, the very fact that a man like this breathes air might be considered unfair.
There are also still concerns about what happens to the drug-running empire now that its leader is gone. This isn’t going to make the drug problem go away but this is a big victory for justice and in the fight against illegal drugs. Many of the major players in this cartel were also taken down and imprisoned too but there is work to be done. This is only a step but it is no small step and it is long past due as this monster has murdered, hurt and terrorized too many people for far too long.
One thing is for certain, however, as we said at the beginning today the world became a safer and better place, even if it took 30 years too long.