Gotti Dodges Conviction for 4th Time

Mob racketeering charges don't stick to Teflon Don's son
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 2, 2009 5:11 AM CST
John "Junior" Gotti, leaves Manhattan federal court,Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009, in New York. The judge declared a mistrial in his racketeering trial after the jury failed to reach a verdict following eleven...   (AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano)
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(Newser) – Mob son John "Junior" Gotti has evaded conviction again, walking free yesterday after his fourth racketeering trial in five years ended in a fourth hung jury. Charges against Gotti, the son of the notorious Gambino crime family boss, included murder, kidnapping, robbery, extortion and drug dealing. "Why me? I am blessed. I can't complain," Gotti told Reuters. "I am walking out the door. I am going to have a healthy and happy Christmas."

Prosecutors portrayed Junior as a vicious thug who took over for his father as the street boss of the Gambinos, reaping millions from cocaine trafficking. His lawyer claimed he had left organized crime in 1999 after pleading guilty to separate racketeering charges.

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