The commencement of the trial in New York of Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera – aka ‘El Chapo’ the Mexican drug lord - has sparked in me the thought that the arrangements for his trial could serve as a dry run for the eventual criminal trial of one Donald J. Trumpo – a possible (he claims innocence) ‘capo’ in the Russian mafia, widely thought to be as bent as any leading Brexit campaigner you might care to mention (I think references to nine bob notes are probably a bit passé these days). Closing the Brooklyn Bridge every time El Chapo is transferred from his high security prison on the East River to the court in downtown Manhattan is unprecedented. Hopefully for El Trumpo the route could divert past Trump Tower. Naturally too, there would have to be armed marshals protecting the anonymous jurors – we should hope for nothing less for the trial of a disgraced president who might still command the loyalties of a devoted army of deranged gun-toting acolytes.
Of course, El Trumpo is innocent until proven guilty – that after all is one of his own cardinal principles – but thanks to being alerted by my old friend Gordon Prentice’s blog, I have just read stuff in the New York Times which appeared in October (see here) which indicates where the newly minted Democratic controlled House of Representatives could take things regarding El Trumpo’s tax affairs. Wasn’t it a tax issue which put Al Capone in prison?