July 19, 2018

This Week in Gang Land

Searching For Justice

Gang Land Exclusive!William P. CallahanThis 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.

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.

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.

Frank LocascioHabeas Corpus, Our Precious Right

The Founding Fathers didn't mention King John of England in the U.S Constitution, but they thought enough of his decree about Habeas Corpus in the Magna Carta in 1215 that they wrote it into the Bill Of Rights and declared: "The Privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in Cases of Rebellion or invasion the public Safety may require it."

Judge I. Leo GlasserIt's Time For The Justice System To 'Do The Right Thing' For Frank Locascio

There's very little doubt that Gambino soldier Charles Carneglia was the triggerman who shot and killed Louis DiBono in the underground parking garage of the World Trade Center back on October 10, 1990, and that Bartholomew (Bobby) Borriello was in the car along with mob associate Kevin (The Midget) McMahon when it happened.

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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. 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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