The mob is still alive and kicking

Manhattan prosecutor told to the jurors in Wednesday that mob is still alive, referring to a trial of Nicholas Santora who served as an inspiration for famous character of Donnie Brasco.

In his opening statement, ADA David Stuart stated that this is not Hollywood. He addressed to the court that three defendants have committed three crimes and that Bonanno organized crime family is still alive and conducting business. He stated that old members of the family are training new ones to inherit their throne.

Stuart presented a case against old underboss, famous by his nickname Captain Church, who was allegedly accused of overseeing an online gambling casinos, the sale of prescribed medications that involve Viagra and Cialis, and illegal loans of money from 2010 to 2012.

november-15-2010-leonardo-rizzuto-grandsStuart warned jurors not to be fooled by fragile 73 old man sitting in a wheelchair at the defense table. He reminded jury of a statement caught on wiretap, where Captain Church says, in crude mob language, that he is the one who is running the business. For more information follow this link.

The lawyer of reputed soldier Anthony Skinny Santoro, Adam Konta, told the jurors that idea of mob was sexy and that we all grew up watching movies that praised mafia and made them seem like big crime family that went through life with a lot of success.

bonannoKonta said that Ernest Aiello, Santora, Vito Badamo and Santoro are just close friends, who were born and raised together. Konta continued with his statement that Mr. Santoro didn’t make anyone sleep with the fishes, he was just a person who conducted a gambling operations and doesn’t have any kind of connection with Bonanno crime organization.

Konta joked on account of James Tartaglione, one of witnesses that prosecution brought, stating that he killed seven people. Konta said that even Game of Thrones doesn’t have so many seasons.

Michael Alber, the defense lawyer told to the jury that supposed mob boss Santora is still operating the crew, but authorities didn’t find any evidence to connect him with the crimes.


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Men sentenced to prison for smuggling tropical fish

In Los Angeles, a former resident of West Hill was sentenced to one year of federal prison for trying to export protected tropical fish without a permit into Canada.

On his testimony stand, Isaac Zimerman, age of 66, apologized to the court and begged to let him remain free. Click here for navigate to this web-site. But, U.S. District Judge Otis Wright II wasn’t too affected with his plea and granted the sentence, one year behind bars. This sentence also includes enhancement, because Zimerman fled prosecution seven years ago. He was to be taken immediately to federal custody and this decision shocked his family members.

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Zimerman’s attorney tried to object, but the judge cut him off. He was extradited last September from Mexico to face charges, charging him for illegal trafficking of protected tropical fish.

Diana M. Kwok, assistant of U.S. Attorney, stated that he built a successful business and that he was well known in those circles, his business consisted out of possession and sales of wildlife. And it was his choice to fled in Mexico.

During his testimony, Zimermant admitted that he had a large amount of South American freshwater fish, which he intended to sell and ship outside of California. He was also accused of false testimony, obstruction of justice, forged of documentation and while he was on pretrial release, he smuggled from Peru Arapaima gigas without a proper federal documentation.

Special agents of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a San Fernando Valley man who is a fugitive after failing to appear in federal court after being charged with multiple offenses involving the smuggling and trafficking of protected wildlife species, including piranhas. Isaac Zimerman, 61, of West Hills, failed to appear for a scheduled court hearing on July 12, at which time a federal judge issued a warrant for his arrest. Fish and Wildlife agents have since learned that Zimerman may have fled the area as early as June 21. The agents believe that Zimerman will attempt to leave the United States, if he has not done so already.

He was arrested the last year near Matepec in Mexico. He changed the appearance so he could avoid prosecution. Mexican government permitted for him to be extradited to the U.S. based on two charges.

His wife has also been sentenced in 2011 to 21 month of probation and fined with $1,500. States that these cases are common, where family takes participation in criminal activities.


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Bill Cosby case will go forward

The judge in Montgomery County made a decision in Wednesday to go forward with a case of Bill Cosby who has been accused of sexual assault. In a pretrial hearing, Cosby’s lawyers have been arguing for two days, stating that this criminal case should have been buried in 2005, based on a promise of District Attorney Bruce Castor newer to prosecute famous actor.

But the judge had an opposite opinion and stated that there was no basis to grant a relief. The Cosby’s layers announce an appeal on judge’s decision, because they think it is wrong.

47879384.cachedIn this case, where the former employee of Temple University, Andrea Constand, accuses the famous actor of committing an assault in her home, back in 2004, will go back on the court again.  You can find out more here. Cosby was charged, on December 30, with aggravated assault against Constand, who reported the unfortunate event to the authorities in 2005.

Bruce Castor, who was at the time Montgomery County district attorney, ruled out sexual assault charges against Cosby, because he didn’t have sufficient evidence, as he said at the time.

Famous actor was charged with assault in December, eleven years after the state declined to act.

bill-cosbyIn 2005 the part of Cosby’s legal team was attorney John P. Schmitt, during the testimony in Wednesday he stated that it was clear to him that prosecution will not charge Cosby for assault and that was written in agreement that cannot be revoked. On the cross examination, Smith admitted that there was no other file besides the new releases that the charges would not be filed.

Dolores Troiani, the lawyer of Constand declared that she wasn’t aware of any agreement that took place in 2005, that state will never prosecute the famous actor.


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