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Friday, December 4, 2009

Henry Hill writes letter on behalf of former Lawyer

Notorious Mob rat rat Henry Hill says his former lawyer isn't such a bad fella.
Hill, who was immortalized in the film "Goodfellas," wrote a letter to a federal judge seeking mercy for disgraced lawyer Robert Simels.
Simels will be sentenced Friday for plotting to harm witnesses in a drug case and faces 30 years to life in prison.
"I am writing on behalf of Robert Simels who has been my attorney and part-time conscience since Memorial Day weekend 1980," Hill wrote in a two-page missive to Brooklyn Federal Judge John Gleeson.
Simels represented the Luchese crime associate after he was arrested on drug charges and agreed to snitch against fellow gangsters involved in the infamous Lufthansa heist at Kennedy Airport.
It is unclear what weight, if any, the judge will give to a letter written by Hill - who participated in countless crimes, including murder and drug trafficking, and was kicked out of the witness protection program.
But Hill thinks the judge should listen up.
"I would ask you for all that I have done for the government not to send Bob to jail," he wrote.
Simels was convicted in August of obstructing justice and attempting to bribe a witness in connection with his defense of Guyanese drug trafficker Shaheed (Roger) Khan.
Hill offered to testify at trial for the defense but was not called as a witness.


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