Wednesday, February 18, 2015
New York Mobster John (Junior) Gotti Brags He Lied To Feds, Insists He's Not A 'Rat'
John Marzulli at the New York Daily News offers a piece on John "Junior" Gotti.
John (Junior) Gotti wants to make one thing perfectly clear — he’s not a rat.
In a sitdown with the Daily News, the mob scion and his lawyer Jeffrey Lichtman gave their most detailed explanation to date of Gotti’s stunning decision to sit down with federal prosecutors in 2005 for a proffer session where he discussed crimes of his own — and of other mobsters in the Gambino crime family.
But he insists the “rat” label is unfair, because he intentionally provided bad information to the feds he felt sick talking to.
“No one got indicted,” said Gotti, who recently published a memoir titled “Shadow of My Father.”
“No one suffered but me.”
Gotti acknowledged that his old-school father, the late Gambino boss John Gotti, would never have approved of the legal strategy. But Junior said he was in a bad place at the time.
He was facing trial on racketeering and stock fraud charges that could put him away for 100 years if he were convicted. Gotti was furious over the indictment because he thought federal prosecutors had given him coverage on those alleged charges from a prior plea agreement with the U.S. attorney’s office.
Gotti said he planned to give the feds information that was either useless or out-and-out false, and refused to ever testify against anyone. He hoped that prosecutors would give him a sweetheart plea deal while he would get two of his archenemies, reputed capo Daniel Marino and associate Joseph (Joe the German) Watts, jammed up with the feds.
The plan made no sense to anyone except Gotti — and got him excoriated as a “rat” by his ex-underling John Alite.
Alite cut a deal to get out of prison and somehow got ahold of the five-page summary of Gotti’s blabbing, and published the secret FBI report in his memoir, “Gotti’s Rules.”
You can read the rest of the piece via the below link:
George Anastasia offers the documentation mentioned above in his book on John Alite and the Gotti family.
You can read my Philadelphia Inquirer review of Gotti's Rules via the below link: