John A. "Junior" Gotti is ready to embrace the law - or at least one former federal prosecutor.
The ex-Gambino boss' team said Thursday it wants to call Joon Kim, ex-assistant U.S. attorney, to testify about a death threat made by the mob against Gotti in April 2006.The hit apparently was prompted by Gotti's insistence at an earlier trial that he had quit the Mafia in 1999. The defense says it shows that Junior's former colleagues believed the retirement claim enough to want him dead.
Defense lawyer Charles Carnesi once said the death threat was bogus - but he has changed his opinion for his client's fourth racketeering trial.
The threat came between Gotti's second and third trials.Manhattan Federal Judge Kevin Castel said he wanted to review wiretapped conversations detailing the death threat before clearing Kim to become an unlikely defense witness.
Castel also is considering whether the defense can call Junior's former probation officer, who oversaw the second-generation gangster's supervised release from 2005 to 2007.