Larry McShane at the New York Daily News offers a piece on how co-defendants in a federal racketeering case can each attend a wedding.
Love will keep a Florida bride and groom together — and a federal judge will keep two of their wedding guests apart.
Reputed Philadelphia Mafia boss Joseph (Skinny Joey) Merlino and his racketeering co-defendant Anthony Cirillo were approved to attend the Sunday nuptials in Florida — just not at the same time.
Mobster Merlino is standing as best man for groom Michael Caudo, and leaving the event once the couple declares “I do.” Cirillo was ordered to skip the wedding and appear only at the subsequent reception.
Both were admonished to do so without discussing the bridesmaids’ dresses, the choice of entrees or any other topic.
“Defendant Merlino shall attend only the wedding ceremony on (Sunday) and not the reception,” wrote Manhattan Federal Court Judge Richard Sullivan in his Thursday ruling.
“Defendants Merlino and Cirillo shall not speak to each other or otherwise communicate with each other.”
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