For two and half years, Mexican drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán has lived in solitary confinement-with nearly no ability to communicate with the outside world.
Now, with Guzman allegedly showing symptoms of distress and sleep deprivation, his defense team had several requests for U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan earlier this month: two hours of outdoor exercise every week, the same food and drink as other inmates, permission to buy six bottles of water a week and earplugs.
“This deprivation of sunlight and fresh air, over an excessive 27-month period, is causing psychological scarring,” CNN reported the letter said. It called the conditions “cruel and unusual punishment” in violation of the Eighth Amendment.
Federal prosecutors were not convinced.