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Daily Archives: July 22nd, 2018

William P. Callahan

Gang Land’s Jerry Capeci writes,

This week’s column is by attorney William P. Callahan, of Callahan & Robinson, P.C., in Manhattan. He is a former federal prosecutor who served in the Criminal Division of the Brooklyn U.S. Attorney’s office, and as a special Department of Justice narcotics prosecutor in Brooklyn. Since 1980, Callahan, who is also a private investigator, has been in private practice, serving principally as an Investigative Counsel for the Legal Community.

Since 2012, Callahan has been an investigative counsel for Frank (Frankie Loc) Locascio, who maintains he was wrongly convicted of a 1990 murder as a codefendant of the late Gambino crime family boss, John Gotti, back in 1992. From 2005 through 2010, Callahan served as Independent Investigator for the Manhattan Federal Court Judge charged with monitoring and enforcing a Consent Decree between the District Council of Carpenters and the federal government.

Mr Callahan writes, On December 11, 1990 in a “Gotcha” moment, FBI Agents pounced on Frank Locascio, the accused underboss of the Gambino crime family, arresting him for multiple crimes of racketeering. Seven months later in a superseding indictment in the Eastern District of New York (EDNY), he was further charged with murder and a “conspiracy to murder” Gambino soldier Louis DiBono.

So began a journey for Frank Locascio in what would often be called, The Mob Trial of The Century: the racketeering and murder trial of John Gotti, the Dapper Don who was acquitted of murder and racketeering in 1987, and who had become known as the Teflon Don when state prosecutors failed to make other charges stick to him in two follow-up prosecutions. The trial commenced in the EDNY in January of 1992, Brooklyn Federal Judge I. Leo Glasser presiding. It ended April 2, 1992, with convictions for Gotti, Locascio, and Salvatore (Sammy Bull) Gravano. A fourth defendant, Thomas Gambino was convicted later, in a separate trial.

Mr Callahan, writes,  Now with Gotti’s death in prison, Gravano’s release from prison after agreeing to testify for the prosecution and Thomas Gambino safe in retirement after a short prison sentence, we fast forward some 28 years and look in on Mr. Locascio, now 85-years of age, and serving life at the Devens Federal Medical Facility (FMC) in Devens, Mass (essentially a federal prison nursing home). He is there because he was wrongly convicted of murder and conspiracy to murder.                  Gang Land News