A federal judge's threat to throw the book against a sweet-talking 44-year-old con man with a laundry list of prior convictions has had the desired effect -- at least from the government's point of view.
Even if onetime Gambino boss John (Jackie Nose) D'Amico had nothing to do with the murder he's charged with, the longtime Gotti pal will likely decide that the feds just made him an offer he can't refuse.
Words currently being spoken about Todo Anastasio in Brooklyn Federal Court can be quite costly for him. If convicted at an ongoing racketeering trial, Anastasio, now 80, faces up to 20 years behind bars.
The credibility of FBI snitch Lewis Kasman, a key witness at the upcoming trial of John (Junior) Gotti, has been further sullied. Kasman is accused by a lawyer of stealing $10,000 he was supposed to use to bribe the lawyer.
Prosecutors are still focused on some very old, very violent - and pretty astounding - crimes that they want to raise at John (Junior) Gotti's upcoming trial, in addition to the three specific murders that he is charged with in his indictment.