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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Joe Waverly seeks help of first mob boss turned rat during NYPD cop's murder trial

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Mob boss Joseph Massino, left, who ducked two life sentences after he became a government informant, may be asked to sing once more —  this time for the defense in Joel "Joe Waverly" Cacace's trial on charges that he ordered a hit on a cop who married his former wife.

The fat man may be singing again.
But this time, heavyset former Bonanno crime boss Joseph Massino might be called as a defense witness for Colombo chieftain Joel "Joe Waverly" Cacace, who is on trial for ordering a hit on an NYPD cop who married the gang goon’s ex-wife.
Massino, 70, was recently freed from prison after a federal judge threw out his two life sentences as a reward for becoming the highest-ranking New York mob boss to become a government rat.

Cacace’s defense team informed prosecutors over the weekend that they needed the tubby turncoat brought to Brooklyn federal court from wherever he’s been relocated. Defense lawyer David Stern declined to say what they might ask Massino.
Last year the feds planned to call Massino as a witness after he claimed he asked Cacace in prison about the 1997 murder of Officer Ralph Dols and Cacace allegedly “smiled.” But Massino later told the feds he could no longer remember the encounter and was dropped from their case.
Massino’s brother-in-law, former Bonanno underboss Salvatore Vitale, testified at Cacace’s trial last week. Vitale, who is also in the witness protection program, said he no longer had any relationship with Massino, who married his sister.



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