Wednesday, December 02, 2009

"The prosecution has to convince twelve jurors, I only have to buy one." 

-- attributed to various famous mobsters, all of whom may have said it.
John A. (Junior) Gotti released after judge declares mistrial; 4th mistrial in 5 years

It's become John A. (Junior) Gotti's favorite word in the whole world: Mistrial.

The second-generation Gambino boss heard it Tuesday for the fourth time in five years, beating yet another federal racketeering rap before heading home for a rollicking family reunion.

"It feels wonderful," said an emotional Gotti, who celebrated with hugs, kisses, tears and Chinese food after his release on $2 million bail. "I want to go home and see my children."

Gotti, who started his day in a cell at the Manhattan federal lockup, climbed into a white BMW hours later for the triumphant ride back to his $1.7 million Oyster Bay, L.I., mansion.

Fifty yellow balloons were tethered to the front gate of the home, where a catering truck pulled up shortly after the 3 p.m...

"It feels unbelievable," Gotti said between hugs and kisses from mom, Victoria, standing in the doorway of his childhood home....

The mob matriarch, who caused a furor with a four-letter courtroom fusillade against the trial judge, was all smiles.

"We're going to Disney World!" she shouted... [NY Daily News]