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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Hearing for Bonanno family boss Vinny TV turns into a trash talking spectacle



A BAIL hearing for the reputed Mafia boss known as “Vinny TV” degenerated into a raucous episode of the “Jerry Springer Show” Monday .
Vincent Badalamenti remained in jail when it was all over, but seemed to enjoy his lawyer Ronald Fischetti’s ferocious jabs at the government.
“I don’t know where U.S. attorneys come from today, this is ridiculous,” Fischetti said over a claim that Badalamenti had weighed going on the lam.
The racketeering case had already veered into the bizarre because the main cooperating witness — Bonanno turncoat Hector Pagan — is the ex-husband of “Mob Wives” reality show star Renee Graziano.
Fischetti yelled at prosecutor Stephen Frank over a government assertion that Badalamenti had been engaged in loansharking for the past decade.
Federal Magistrate Judge Cheryl Pollack joined in, telling Fischetti there was “no need” to be sarcastic.
“I don’t need this, and I don’t deserve it,” Pollack said.


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