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Monday, June 14, 2010

Judge questions jurors on whether they witnessed Colombo mob boss fight

A federal judge asked jurors today in the mob trial of John "Sonny" Franzese whether they witnessed the heated fight that took place last week between the Colombo boss and his wife.
When four jurors raised their hands saying they they had seen the fracas that occurred outside the courtroom, the judge had a closed-door session with them.
The meeting lasted about 30 minutes. None of the jurors were booted from the trial.
Last week, Franzese got into an argument with his better half outside the courtroom where he's on trial for racketeering -- and she followed him right into the men's room.
John "Sonny" Franseze and John Franseze
Cristina Capobianco-Franzese hip-checked Franzese's daughter by a mistress and took control of his wheelchair.
She then wheeled him into the restroom at Brooklyn federal court -- all the while shouting and demanding that the 93-year-old gangster plead guilty to spare their son, John Franzese Jr., from testifying further against his father.
"You should plead guilty and leave him alone, let him get on with his life," Capobianco-Franzese, 75, shouted at her estranged husband after watching John Jr. take the stand for a second day.
At one point, Lorraine Scorsone, the old man's daughter, tried to intervene, but he bellowed: "Shut up, ya' son of a bitch."
Federal authorities intervened and slapped Capobianco-Franzese with a charge of disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor.


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