In a compelling account of his 14 years as a wannabe wiseguy, a reformed Brooklyn gangster claims that as a teenager he was recruited by a powerful Gambino capo who once plotted to whack Junior Gotti.
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Daniel Marino is now the centerpiece of a massive racketeering indictment that includes mobsters and other associates who are charged with such low-life crimes as pimping for teenaged hookers.
As they do virtually every time he picks up a client in a Gambino family case, the feds have moved to oust mob lawyer Joseph Corozzo from the case of an alleged Manhattan sex-trafficking operation.
Gotti IV was a total disaster for the feds. But they sure had John (Junior) Gotti fooled. The mob prince was utterly convinced that he was going to be found guilty.
Junior made clear that "Growing Up Gotti" was nothing like the drivel that was seen and heard for two seasons on his sister Victoria's defunct so-called reality show.
In a mind-boggling turn of events, Sammy "Bull" Gravano is one of three mob turncoats that the onetime Junior Don may call to rebut testimony that that he supervised the murder of a Gambino mobster.
Gotti IV: Another week, another circus. Mama Gotti yelled at the judge. The judge bounced two jurors. And a former prosecutor testified that he had never heard of legendary capo Sonny Franzese.
Unless the feds stumble across some new and disturbing behavior on the part of Junior Gotti, last week's mistrial should be the final racketeering prosecution against the embattled mob prince.
"John Gotti Jr. was my boss," Alite said as he told of his all-out devotion to his mob boss and the good life they had during a decade long crime spree that began in the early 1980s.
And in the seventh week, the fourth trial of John Gotti Jr. became a farce. It happened on the day that the defense began its case.
If it's an acquittal, count on plenty of crowing from the Gotti clan. If not ... well ... some throwing could be involved.
The feds pulled out all stops last week as they began efforts to send John (Junior) Gotti to the same death sentence behind bars that they served up for his dad, the late John Gotti.
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