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Friday, November 8, 2013

John Gotti's former lawyer busted for socking man in the face at Manhattan steakhouse


Bruce Cutler apparently got into it with a diner at an adjacent table about 9 p.m. Thursday. 
Bruce Cutler apparently got into it with a diner at an adjacent table about 9 p.m. Thursday. 
 
In-your-face mob attorney Bruce Cutler socked a fellow patron in the kisser at a Manhattan steakhouse and ended up under arrest, police sources said Friday.
Cutler, 65, was busted Thursday night after allegedly punching a 38-year-old man at pricey Porter House in Columbus Circle.
The legal eagle was enjoying dinner with a group of lawyer friends and asked the “so-called victim” and his dining companions, another man and two women, to quiet down, Cutler’s attorney, Tim Parlatore, said.
When they refused, Cutler allegedly confronted them.
The men in the group, sensing trouble, got up.
“Cutler stands up, walks over to the table and punches the guy right in the face,” one police source said. “Big shiner.”
Parlatore didn’t exactly deny that.
“Apparently, Bruce has still got some fight in him,” said Parlatore, who is also Cutler’s law partner. “He’s an old-school guy who believes in respect. And these kids were acting out, being disrespectful in a nice restaurant.”
Cutler, best known as the mouthpiece of Gambino boss John Gotti, was handcuffed, charged with misdemeanor assault, issued a desk appearance ticket at the Midtown North Precinct and released.
Bruce Cutler (l.) won three acquittals for John Gotti, earning his client the nickname 'Teflon Don.' 
Bruce Cutler (l.) won three acquittals for John Gotti, earning his client the nickname 'Teflon Don."
 
Parlatore said before the punch was thrown, the victim’s pals knew they were dealing with Cutler because one thought he recognized the lawyer and Googled him to confirm it.
Parlatore also said the only reason police were called was because the victim was embarrassed he was hit by a man old enough to be his father.
“I think this guy just had his ego bruised,” Parlatore said.
Cutler would not comment directly, but through Parlatore he said he did what he did “to defend the integrity of the table” because his dining partners are good friends.
He also noted that his law partner is now representing him.
“I’m not only a partner,” Parlatore quoted Cutler as saying. “I’m also a client.”
The barrel-chested Cutler won three acquittals for Gotti, earning his client his “Teflon Don” nickname.
In one trial, he slammed Gotti’s indictment into a trash can, deriding the accusations as “garbage.”
More recently, Cutler represented Phil Spector before the two parted ways deep into the music producer’s murder trial over what Cutler called a “difference of opinion” regarding strategy.
Spector was later convicted and sentenced to 19 years in prison.

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/mob-attorney-punches-man-steakhouse-article-1.1510921#ixzz2k5OIiaLh


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