April 27, 2017

This Week in Gang Land

Frankie Loc: Judge Glasser's Son Was A Fed; I Deserve A New Trial

Gang Land Exclusive!Frank LocascioGambino wiseguy Frank (Frankie Loc) Locascio was poring over the law books in the library of his federal prison when something jumped off the page at him: It was a reference to a federal prosecutor in Connecticut named James Glasser who worked in the Bridgeport office in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

That was the same time frame when Locascio was being indicted and tried in Brooklyn for his role as John Gotti's consigliere. At the end of that trial, Frankie Loc was sentenced to life behind bars by one of the most revered judges on the Brooklyn federal bench, I. Leo Glasser, who, Locascio belatedly learned, is the father of James Glasser.

Locascio, who has been fighting to win his release from prison for 26 years, is now arguing in court that the father-son relationship presented a clear conflict of interest, and that Judge Glasser should have recused himself from the famous case that also resulted in a life sentence for Gotti.

Carmine PersicoAppeals Court Okays Carmine Persico's 100-Year Prison Term

Hope may still spring eternal for Frank Locascio, but the Second Circuit Court of Appeals just dashed the chances of freedom for 83-year-old Colombo boss Carmine (Junior) Persico.

 

Joseph MerlinoSkinny Joey Says No Deal; But Most Of His Co-defendants Agree To A Plea Bargain

Nothing is official yet, but reliable Gang Land sources say that many of the defendants charged with racketeering in a humongous indictment of 46 wiseguys and mob associates from five families have agreed to plea deals. But not Philadelphia Mafia boss Joseph (Skinny Joey) Merlino. He says he's going to trial.

 

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Mob Boss: The BookUnless you get really lucky, and find a copy squirreled away in the wrong section of your local bookstore, you won't be able to get a first printing of Mob Boss: The Life Of Little Al D'Arco, The Man Who Brought Down The Mafia. But there are still some second print versions of the hardcover available as gifts or for your own reading pleasure.  

Because of the heavy demand, Thomas Dunne Books went to the well again for a second printing of Mob Boss, the book that The New York Times called a "gripping, novelistic biography – a bulls-eye."

The mass market, paperback version was published in 2015, however, and it is available online and at your favorite bookstores for about eight bucks. You still should be able to pick up a copy of the hard cover at your favorite bookstore, or, as Claude Raines might say to Humphrey Bogart, from any number of the usual online suspects: Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and BooksAMillion, as well as an independent book seller near you.

See why Mob Boss has been praised by Pete Hamill, Jimmy Breslin, Nicholas Pileggi, Mister District Attorney Robert Morgenthau – as well as readers everywhere.

Mob Boss is also available in a special BIG PRINT edition. And for those who would rather hear every word of the 406 page book read to them, Mob Boss is also available on an MP3 CD from Tantor Audio.


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John Gotti

John "Junior" Gotti
Alfonso "Little Al" D'Arco
Alfonso "Little Al" D'Arco

Salvatore "Bull" Gravano
Joseph Massino
Joseph Massino
Steven "Stevie Wonder" Crea
Steven "Stevie Wonder" Crea
John "Sonny" Franzese
John "Sonny" Franzese
Domenico "Italian Dom" Cefalu
Domenico "Italian Dom" Cefalu
Vincent "Chin" Gigante
Vincent "Chin" Gigante
Carmine "Junior" Persico
Carmine "Junior" Persico
Anthony "Gaspipe" Casso
Anthony "Gaspipe" Casso
Liborio "Barney" Bellomo
Liborio "Barney" Bellomo
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