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Battista Geritano

Gang Land’s Jerry Capeci writes

Battista (Benny) Geritano is in the running for a Gang Land first: He is bucking to become the first ever repeat winner of the Dumbest Defendant Decision Award

He received that distinction in 2013 after he went to trial for a barroom stabbing even though he knew he had been caught on videotape with a knife in his hand. Now Geritano has been rearrested, this time for sending a threatening letter. He also appears to have suffered a memory loss, as he now claims in an appeal of his conviction that it was his defense lawyer who pushed him to take the case to trial.

Mr. Capeci writes,   The arrest came last week after the feds issued a confusing, one paragraph indictment. The charges state that the Gambino associate, who is serving 12 years for the December 2012 stabbing, sent a letter through the U.S. Mails in February that sought to extort “things of value” from at least two unidentified persons. The indictment contains no hints as to what this is all about.

Mr. Capeci writes,  Even after the feds made two fruitless efforts to arraign Geritano, 44, on the charge last week, and one try this week, the details of the indictment remained hidden. But Gang Land has learned that Benny’s angst stems from his 2013 trial, and that one of the persons whom he allegedly threatened is his own trial attorney, veteran lawyer Albert Brackley. Gang Land News