Wednesday, May 31 2023, Historical Program
Historical Program: The Last Trial of John Gotti
The Historical Trial Team presents the Trial of John Gotti, the all-powerful boss of the Gambino Crime Family, on charges of racketeering, murder, and conspiracy. Gotti had been indicted several times before at both the state and federal levels, but was acquitted at three previous jury trials. This fourth trial had three new features. First, the prosecutors convinced the court to disqualify the defense attorneys who had been extraordinarily effective in defending Gotti and his associates at the prior trials. Next, prosecutors had been able to install a wiretap and tape a large number of incriminating conversations among Gambino family members. And finally, those tapes were so incriminating that Sammy (“the Bull”) Gravano, a co-defendant himself charged with over a dozen murders, became a cooperating witness. Our program will feature highlights from Gotti’s last trial, which took place in 1992 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. A CLE discussion will follow.
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