The United States wants Mexico to extradite Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the notorious head of the Sinoloa drug cartel who was recently re-captured after his second escape from a Mexican prison. Federal prosecutors want to try El Chapo in Brooklyn or in another city with outstanding indictments.
Does this prosecution make sense? Let’s take as given that El Chapo has broken U.S. drug laws and commissioned acts of violence on U.S. soil. And let’s set aside whether governments should prosecute bad laws, like drug prohibition, so long as those laws remain on the books.