Jury Deadlocks in Junior Gotti Retrial

Fortune favored John Gotti, Jr. for a second time today. The jury deadlocked in his racketeering trial and a mistrial was declared:

The mistrial came after jurors sent out a note that further deliberations would be fruitless. "We are completely DEADLOCKED," the note said. "More time will not change the views in this room." The jury apparently could not agree on Gotti's claims that he quit the Gambino organized crime family before July 22, 1999, meaning the five-year statute of limitations would have expired on racketeering charges.

Gotti was charged with ordering two attacks on Sliwa, a radio host and founder of the Guardian Angels, back in 1992. The second one almost killed Sliwa, and authorities charged that Gotti ordered Sliwa's kidnapping to silence the radio host's daily verbal assaults on the Gotti's late father, Gambino boss John Gotti.

Another jury deadlocked last September. The Government says it plans to try him again.

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    Re: Jury Deadlocks in Junior Gotti Retrial (none / 0) (#1)
    by Lww on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 03:22:07 PM EST
    The fireworks are going off in Howard Beach. Unreal. I have a little story(another one) which shows you how bad these guys are. My father was in this country for about three yrs in the early fifties. He and a partner(another Irish guy off the boat) started a garbage business on Long Island. Levittown. I remember as a child looking at his ledgers, he was doing alright. Then some goons told them they were outta business, threatened to kill them and took over the route. Who knows, I coulda been the garbage king of Long Island. Anyway, the guy behind it ended up in the garbage so it was justice. I guess.

    Re: Jury Deadlocks in Junior Gotti Retrial (none / 0) (#3)
    by kdog on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 07:41:50 PM EST
    I think the really bad criminals reside in Washington DC. Gdub has a thousand times the body count under his belt than any mobster. Besides fellas, have no fear...the feds will try him again (at astronomical cost) in an effort "protect" us. Getting a conviction? Probably not. As the saying goes, better to let a thousand guilty men go free than to convict one innocent man. As it should be.

    Re: Jury Deadlocks in Junior Gotti Retrial (none / 0) (#4)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sun Mar 12, 2006 at 09:29:13 AM EST
    Even with protection, I can't imagine that a Gotti juror is not intimidated...funny how there's always that one holdout that won't vote to convict.