February 26, 2015
This Week in Gang Land
Lawyer In Big Courtroom Victory Over A Pig Of A Client And A 500 Pound Gorilla
After a nasty four-year-long court fight, Manhattan attorney Jeffrey Lichtman has prevailed over accusations by a mob associate that he pushed a gangster in 2004 to plead guilty to the murder of an FBI informer so that Lichtman would then be free to represent a cohort who took part in the same crime.
The ruling issued earlier this month by a Manhattan Federal Judge cites "credible" testimony by Lichtman about his heavy workload in 2004 on behalf of other clients including John A. (Junior) Gotti.
The decision by Judge John Koeltl came just days before Lichtman and Gotti teamed up to publicly portray the erstwhile Junior Don's 2005 proffer session with prosecutors and the FBI as a "farce" and an "utter scam" they pulled on the federal government.
Can Anyone Out There Do A Solid For Frankie Loc?
Memo to John A. Gotti, all former FBI agents in the old Gambino Squad, and to John Miller, the former TV newsman extraordinaire who later toiled for the FBI and is now a top NYPD official: Have you got an unenhanced copy of the famous December 12, 1989 tape recording that was used to send the elder John Gotti to prison for life? That is, a copy of the tape that the FBI didn't "clean up" so that certain words could be heard more clearly? If so, it could spare Frank (Frankie Loc) Locascio the same fate as the late Dapper Don.
A little more than two months ago, mob associate Franco Lupoi blamed an undercover FBI agent for all his troubles in a bizarre, losing effort to wangle his way out of a federal lockup and celebrate Christmas with his wife and seven-year-old son. This month, he put the blame where it belongs – on himself.
Unless you get really lucky, and find a copy squirreled away in the wrong section of your local bookstore, you won't be able to get a first printing of Mob Boss: The Life Of Little Al D'Arco, The Man Who Brought Down The Mafia. But there are still plenty of second print versions of the hardcover available as gifts or for your own reading pleasure.
Because of the heavy demand, Thomas Dunne Books went to the well again for a second printing of Mob Boss, the book that The New York Times called a "gripping, novelistic biography – a bulls-eye."
The mass market, paperback version is due out in March, but you can still pick up a copy of the hard cover at your favorite bookstore, or, as Claude Raines might say to Humphrey Bogart, from any number of the usual online suspects: Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and BooksAMillion, as well as an independent book seller near you.
See why Mob Boss has been praised by Pete Hamill, Jimmy Breslin, Nicholas Pileggi, Mister District Attorney Robert Morgenthau – as well as readers everywhere.
Mob Boss is also available in a special BIG PRINT edition. And for those who would rather hear every word of the 406 page book read to them, Mob Boss is also available on an MP3 CD from Tantor Audio.