Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Philly Rogue Cops Case: "You're Not John Gotti, Buddy"
Veteran organized crime reporter and author George Anastasia reports on the federal trial of the Philly narcotic cops accused of a number of crimes for bigtrial.net.
He was a college-educated marijuana dealer with $80,000 stashed in a safe in his high-rise apartment and a framed picture of mob boss John Gotti hanging on the wall.
The cops, he said, stole the safe and seven pounds of marijuana he had in the apartment and then taunted him about the picture.
"You're not John Gotti, buddy," Robert Kushner said he was told in a cell phone conversation with Thomas Liciardello, a narcotics investigator who, authorities allege, was the leader of a rogue group of Philadelphia police officers who stole cash and drugs, intimidated drug dealers and falsified police reports to cover up their actions.
Kushner, the first witness called in the racketeering conspiracy trial of Liciardello and five fellow officers, took the witness stand in U.S. District Court this morning and told a jury that he had experienced all of that after being taken into custody, but not formally charged, on the night of Oct. 16, 2007.
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You can also read my Philadelphia Inquirer review of George Anastasia's Gotti's Rules via the below link: