John A. “Junior” Gotti has as been aquitted of securities fraud (but the jury was hung on other charges so he will probably will face a retrial. There is lots more background on the trial in this Washington Post piece including this gem, about one of the defectors who has turned states evidence:
“I didn’t want my wife taking favors from other men,” DiDonato said. “So I went to speak to him.” Well, that conversation turned heated. “He was screaming and yelling at me. I said some words back to him and . . . I shot him.”
Shot him right in the head, actually, at a distance of two inches. Miraculously, the guy lived and DiDonato ended up serving time for attempted murder.
What a GOON!
That’s more though – it’s the drama of the trial that continues the run right down the Copolla/Scorsese/Chase alley. The Washington Post covers the verdict decision yesterday:
The aunt of Louis Mariani, one of Gotti’s two co-defendants, screamed “Nooooooooo!” as she heard the forewoman declare her nephew guilty of securities fraud. Antoinette Laboccetta then slipped off her seat and onto the floor, her eyes rolling, a copy of a pamphlet called “The Promises of Our Lord” clutched to her chest….
All the while, the judge tried to go through the formality of polling the jury, which wasn’t easy because jurors, too, were fixated on the drama in the audience. “Pay attention to me,” she said, as cheerfully as possible. Adding to the upheaval, the clerk who’d asked about the ambulance started to cry. photos!
I almost wish I was there to see it all! Clearly the story isn’t over yet – wait for the new season! Except, err, it’s real life. A great quote from a Howard Abadinsky (in the first link above) should be noted:
You don’t resign from the mob. There is no such thing…It’s possible that John Gotti has decided that he doesn’t want to commit any more crimes. But if whoever now runs the Gambino family says ‘We’ve got something important for you to do’ and he doesn’t do it, he’s a dead man.”