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Daily Archives: September 10th, 2009

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‘Junior’ Gotti’s lawyer, Charles Carnesi, talks with reporters outside the federal courthouse.

NEW YORK (CNN) — The son of the late Gambino family crime boss John Gotti is set to stand trial in federal court in New York on Monday on murder and racketeering charges that could put him in prison for life if he is convicted.

Three previous racketeering trials against John “Junior” Gotti, 45, have ended in mistrials in New York.

The government says it has learned since his previous trial, “that Gotti had participated in three murders, that Gotti had run a multi-million dollar cocaine trafficking network, that Gotti had overseen a systematic effort to tamper with trial juries, grand juries and witnesses, and that Gotti had participated in various other violent crimes,” according to court documents filed by prosecutors.

The defense claims the newest round of charges is part of the government’s ongoing quest to convict Gotti.