Nice Going Chuck
- One of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s alleged key lieutenants backed out of his plans to plead guilty in federal court Friday after an inaccurate report by ABC7 News reporter Chuck Goudie may have put his family at risk, the defendant’s attorney said.
Alfredo Vasquez-Hernandez indicated last week that he would plead guilty to drug trafficking charges under a “blind plea,” an indication that he was not cooperating with prosecutors against Guzman’s powerful Sinaloa cartel.
But Goudie — who was not in court — incorrectly broadcast later that evening that Vasquez-Hernandez had “turned against El Chapo,” the cartel’s billionaire boss who was recently captured in Mexico.
The veteran newsman’s blunder put Vasquez-Hernandez in fear of his family in Mexico’s safety, and he withdrew his offer to plead guilty and will now proceed to trial, his attorney Paul Brayman said Friday.