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Former Gambino  mobster  launches lawsuit hoping  for  freedom from life behind bars

By MICHAEL SICONOLFI

A civil suit filed this week by former mobster Frank LoCascio underscores the broad leeway the government has to keep criminal cases open for years.

Mr. LoCascio is trying to get the government to turn over 26-year-old audiotapes he says could free him from a life sentence in prison. The U.S. has refused to provide him full recordings of a discussion he had with associate John Gotti on Dec. 12, 1989 at a New York City social club on the grounds that they are part of a current or prospective law-enforcement proceeding—even though everyone in the tapes is in prison or dead, he says.

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