It was hardly shocking.
Just like three times before, a federal judge in Manhattan on Tuesday declared a mistrial in John “Junior” Gotti’s fourth racketeering trial.
The judge declared the mistrial after the jury remained deadlocked following 11 days of deliberations.
Turns out Gotti junior, the second generation mob boss, is even luckier than his pop, who was nicknamed “Teflon Don” because he was acquitted in three trials. But the father, unlike the son, was convicted in the fourth trial and went off to prison for life. He died behind bars in 2002 at age 61
Tueday’s declaration by U.S. District Judge Kevin Castel left Gotti and his family elated, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office scratching its head, wondering whether to take one more shot at trying to convict Gotti.
During trial, prosecutors accused Gotti, 45, of being a big-time mobster who was involved in two murders and drug trafficking.
“The inability of the jury to reach a verdict does not diminish the work of the many agents, prosecutors, and staff who showed unyielding dedication and resolve in the investigation and prosecution of this case,” said U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara in a statement.
“We are evaluating how to proceed and , in the near future, will inform the Court and the defense of our decision,” he said.