Saturday, April 28, 2018

'Skinny Joey' Merlino, Reputed Philly Mob Boss Who Moved To Boca Raton, Pleads Guilty, Avoids Retrial

The Sun-Sentinel offers a piece on reputed Philadelphia Cosa Nostra boss Joseph Merlino's guilty plea in New York.

Manhattan federal prosecutors angered a judge Friday by giving up their pursuit of Philadelphia's reputed top mob boss.

Prosecutors let Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino -- who has a home in Boca Raton -- plead to a gambling charge, abandoning their effort to convict him of racketeering, health care fraud, loan sharking and other counts.

Merlino beat those raps in February when a jury deadlocked, leading to a mistrial. Manhattan federal prosecutors decided not to try Merlino again.

Judge Richard Sullivan asked why the government agreed to let Merlino plea to a charge that carries a maximum two-year sentence.

You can read the rest of the piece via the below link:

You can also read my Counterterrorism magazine piece on the federal case against Merlino and the history of Cosa Nostra via the below link:

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