Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is hoping to go from drugs to hugs after his lawyers filed legal documents requesting permission for the former drug kingpin to hug his wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro.
But Tuesday he was reported to have asked a court security officer for Guzman's autograph, one of the most notorious criminals in the world whose trial is expected to become the most expensive in USA federal trial history.
Guzman formerly led the Sinaloa Cartel, based in the Mexican state of Sinaloa, which became one of the most powerful drug trafficking organizations in the world.
After three long days of selection- Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's jury is set. He was extradited to the United States from Mexico on January 19, 2017, after escaping twice from Mexican prisons before being captured again.
The judge put off swearing in the jurors until next week out of concern some still might try to duck duty for a trial expected to last into next year.
Several potential jurors who expressed security concerns were dismissed earlier this week, as was a man who admitted asking for Guzman's autograph and a Michael Jackson impersonator, for fear that he was too identifiable.
Most of the people picked either for the jury or to serve as six alternates said in initial screening that they had heard of Guzman through news reports or TV shows.
A prosecutor said he should be dismissed, while one of Guzman's lawyers, Jeffrey Lichtman, initially objected.
He told lawyers that one of the jurors, after learning she was picked, wept while privately telling him she was afraid of the unwanted attention she would get if it was found out she was on the panel.
"She's anxious the pressure on her mother will be injurious to her health", said Cogan, before dismissing her. When asked why the man replied: "I'm a bit of a fan".