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Drug lord 'Chapo' Guzman's lawyers split on extradition case

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2016 file photo, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is made to face the press as he is escorted to a helicopter in handcuffs by Mexican soldiers and marines at a federal hangar in Mexico City, Mexico. After two of Guzman's attorneys filed an appeal against the extradition request, a third lawyer, Jose Refugio Rodriguez, disavowed it on Saturday, May 28, 2016. Rodriguez said that the two lawyers who filed it are not part of the team working on the extradition case. That team is still considering the government's arguments and plans an appeal in the coming weeks that "El Chapo" will approve. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2016 file photo, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is made to face the press as he is escorted to a helicopter in handcuffs by Mexican soldiers and marines at a federal hangar in Mexico City, Mexico. After two of Guzman's attorneys filed an appeal against the extradition request, a third lawyer, Jose Refugio Rodriguez, disavowed it on Saturday, May 28, 2016. Rodriguez said that the two lawyers who filed it are not part of the team working on the extradition case. That team is still considering the government's arguments and plans an appeal in the coming weeks that "El Chapo" will approve. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)  (The Associated Press)

Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's fight to stave off extradition to the United States has led to a schism between his own lawyers.

After two of Guzman's attorneys filed an appeal against the extradition request, a third lawyer is quickly disavowing it.

Attorney Jose Refugio Rodriguez tells The Associated Press that the move was not authorized by Guzman and "hinders our defense." He says his client will not sign off on the appeal, which means the courts would not act on it.

Rodriguez said Saturday that the two lawyers who filed it are not part of the team working on the extradition case. That team is still considering the government's arguments and plans an appeal in the coming weeks that "El Chapo" will approve.