CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 12, 2007 |
Bruce Cutler planned to maul the prosecution. The acclaimed New York defense lawyer expected to fight like an escaped animal from the Bronx Zoo to keep legendary record producer Phil Spector out of prison, as he had done three times for the late mob boss John Gotti. But for the last four weeks, Cutler has sat silently as other attorneys took on Spector's murder defense. Instead of a courtroom predator, Cutler has been like an expensive statue adorning the defense table.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 2007 |
As a New York lawyer best known for defending the boss of the Gambino crime family, Bruce Cutler is used to brash clients and bold words. So it was really no surprise that he opened Phil Spector's local murder trial alternately bellowing against police officers with "murder on their mind" and offering a polite thanks to the jury for making him "feel at home in a strange, new and different place."
May 23, 2006 |
A federal grand jury charged John "Junior" Gotti with committing a series of mob-related crimes in the last year, despite his claims that he quit organized crime years ago. The new accusations come as prosecutors prepare for the July 5 start of Gotti's third trial on racketeering charges. Juries deadlocked at two previous trials.
December 29, 2005 |
A judge in New York warned John A. "Junior" Gotti that his lawyer had a conflict of interest, but the son of late mob boss John Gotti said he was happy with his representation in an upcoming racketeering retrial. Federal Judge Shira Scheindlin said lawyer Charles Carnesi might give Gotti biased advice because he also represented a co-defendant. Gotti shrugged off the potential conflict.
September 29, 2005 |
After six years behind bars, the son of late mob boss John Gotti left his prison cell and was driven to his mansion on Long Island's Gold Coast, where he'll remain under house arrest pending a retrial in a racketeering case. John A. "Junior" Gotti, 41, was released from a federal lockup in Manhattan on $7-million bond and then went to his estate in Oyster Bay Cove, said his lawyer, Jeffrey Litchman.
August 9, 2005 |
John A. "Junior" Gotti went on trial on kidnapping, extortion and fraud charges, with a prosecutor saying he ordered the 1992 kidnapping of a radio host to silence him for his harsh attacks on the Gotti family. As a bespectacled Gotti, 40, sat emotionless, federal prosecutor Victor Hou accused him of taking over the street leadership of the Gambino crime family during the 1990s after his father, John Gotti, was sentenced to life in prison.