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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Philadelphia boss Skinny Joey Merlino's heart problems delay upcoming trial


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Reputed Philadelphia mob boss Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino's racketeering trial will be postponed until the end of January following his heart problems, court proceedings revealed.
Merlino's Manhattan Federal Court case was originally scheduled to start Tuesday morning. But his lawyers requested an adjournment last week telling Judge Richard Sullivan that Merlino went to a Boca Raton emergency room on Jan. 9 for "chest pains and coronary spasms and shortness of breath."
Merlino, 55, was found to have two major blockages, his lawyers said.
Doctors needed to keep a close eye on Merlino's medication — meaning he couldn't travel from his South Florida home to New York for at least two weeks, they said in the filing.
Judge Richard Sullivan agreed shortly thereafter to postpone Merlino's trial until at least Jan. 22, but required his lawyers, Edwin Jacobs and John Meringolo, to come into court Tuesday to further discuss his medical issues.
Jacobs largely echoed his prior statements about Merlino's health during the appearance before Sullivan, explaining he should be ready to travel on Jan. 25.
Sullivan agreed to put off the trial until Jan. 29. The trial is expected to last about three weeks.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/alleged-philly-mob-boss-trial-postponed-heart-problems-article-1.3761701


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