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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Judge Orders Bonanno Boss Vincent Basciano To Stop Sending Him Letters

This mobster doesn't know write from wrong.
A federal judge has ordered former Bonanno crime-family boss Vincent "Vinny Gorgeous" Basciano to stop flooding him with letters.
The photogenic mobster is a prolific jailhouse correspondent, and for some time now, Judge Nicholas Garaufis has been his favorite pen pal. But it's a one-sided conversation, and the Brooklyn judge has grown weary of being inundated by Basciano's missives.
"This court ORDERS Defendant [Basciano] to cease sending letters directly to the court," Garaufis wrote.
"Any letters the court receives directly from defendant, including the most recent letter, will remain unopened and unread."
But the judge's directive fell on deaf ears.
Basciano has continued writing, sending several more letters in recent weeks to the judge -- either directly to the court or passing them through his defense attorneys.
In response, Garaufis issued two more orders for the wiseguy to stop.
It is an odd turn of events, given that Basciano -- a former beauty-salon owner and ranking New York mobster -- once listed the judge on a piece of paper that prosecutors argued was a hit list.
Basciano, whose nickname was derived from the "Hello Gorgeous" salon he once owned in The Bronx, denied the 2008 document was a hit list, but instead a Santeria curse that named the judge.
Wherever the truth lies behind the list, one thing is hard to dispute: Basciano has a lot of time on his hands.
Sitting in solitary confinement while he awaits trial for the murder of a fellow mobster, Basciano -- already in prison for life on a previous racketeering and murder conviction -- writes letter after letter filled with highly technical observations about how to fight the charges against him. They also include minutiae of his daily prison life and focus on matters that sometimes seem mundane.
To him, the points are anything but small.
"My death-penalty case is right around the corner," Basciano wrote the judge. "I want to be consulted about the very important issues and decisions that will ultimately affect my life."



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