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In Gotti Case, Feds Figure: If You Don’t Succeed Try Try Try Again

The feds haven’t given up on putting John Gotti Jr. away for life. Three previous trials resulted in mistrials. Can they succeed this time?

John Gotti Jr./trutv.com

John Gotti Jr./trutv.com

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK – The fourth racketeering trial of John “Junior” Gotti began yesterday with the government portraying the mob heir as a maniacal killer and chronic criminal who has dodged prison by intimidating witnesses and obstructing justice.

Gotti’s lawyer, Charles Carnesi, tried to debunk that picture by telling a jury in US District Court in Manhattan that federal prosecutors have assembled a cast of mob killers trying to win leniency for their crimes by testifying that Gotti ordered assaults and murders.

Carnesi said Gotti, 45, never had anything to do with killings in the late 1980s and early 1990s of two drug dealers, despite claims of the witnesses, including one who could have faced the death penalty if convicted of charges he faced before he began cooperating.

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