>> Mexican drug lord Joaquin El Chapo Guzman will face trial in April 2018 for drug trafficking and conspiracy charges. He was taken from his cell early Friday to face US District Judge Brian Cogan. Cogan scheduling the trial date for April 16, 2018 but admitting it could be delayed giving the complexity of the case.
Guzman, who for years was Mexico's most wanted man, is currently in solitary confinement in a New York City Federal Prison. His lawyer arguing that Guzman endures harsh prison conditions.>> And we think it's widely accepted that solitary confinement has long lasting, serious consequences, both mentally and physically. And that's true no matter who you are and what you're accused of.
>> She also argued the restrictions make it difficult for her client to have a fair trial.>> We're sitting in a booth that either has Plexiglas that's very difficult to hear through or a small screen with holes. It's certainly not a way that somebody can prepare to go through thousands and thousands of documents or listen to thousands and thousands of hours of recordings.
>> Guzman, who sold oranges as a child before turning to the drug trade in the 1970s, was extradited from Mexico to the United States on January 19th. Having escaped from two Mexican prisons over his lifetime of crime.