In a move almost directly out of a dark comedy, one of the lawyers for notorious cartel leader Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán and his family has decided to expand her career by becoming a ranchera singer.
Mariel Colón, who goes by the stage name “La Abogada” (“the Attorney” in Spanish) isn’t completely leaving the legal field behind. Colón, who also had worked on the legal team for criminal sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein before his “suicide,” still currently represents El Chapo’s wife Emma Coronel.
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Art Mimics Reality?
Colón recently debuted her first music video, which is, well, inspired by her career as an attorney… an attorney who has a thing for bad guys.
In the video, Colón portrays an attorney who is in love with her criminal client who is facing some pretty hefty time behind bars. Some of the lyrics include, “Good morning your honor, may I speak: Today I’m here to defend my heart.”
Is it kinda weird because she also happens to be a lawyer? Or is it weird because she’s a lawyer who has worked for a cartel leader and one of the most high profile sex traffickers in modern history? Either answer is acceptable.
The video continues and shows Colón visiting her client in jail, where she tells him in dramatic fashion that “I’m no longer your defense attorney” since she has fallen in love with him and therefore can’t ethically be his attorney.
It’s good to know that at least in her art, there is an ethical line she’ll draw in these fictional scenarios.
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What came first? The singing or the passion for the law?
According to Colón in an interview with Univisión, she said “I’m a singer who became a lawyer. I’ve always had a passion for singing and I thought this was the perfect moment to launch my career as a singer, because I know I have a big talent.
“My plan was to become an attorney for the music industry, but ended up being a criminal attorney and that changed everything.”
In 2017, Colón moved to New York where she became part of El Chapo’s legal team after graduating college. Sow did a recent college graduate end up working for the family of one of the most dangerous criminal families in the world? She applied for an assistant attorney job posted on Craigslist, and the rest was history.
“I think El Chapo is proud of seeing me as an artist,” Colón said in her interview, “and Emma Coronel is very happy with my transformation and I’m impatiently waiting for her to get out of prison and start new projects together.”
El Chapo is currently behind many, many bars at ADX Florence, a supermax prison in Colorado where he’ll be living the rest of his days. Despite this though, Colón is currently one of three individuals allowed to have daily access to Guzmán.
Coronel, on the other hand, is serving only three years for helping El Chapo escape from prison in Mexico in 2015. At least when she’s out though, she’ll join Colón in her journey to superstardom.
Happy ending? A strange ending for sure.
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