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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Gotti Jr. won't get trial delay as judge rejects request

Frankie Gotti Agnello (second from left) and pals show their support for his uncle, John A. (Junior) Gotti.

Junior's judge refused to budge.

Manhattan Federal Judge Kevin Castel on Tuesday turned down John A. (Junior) Gotti's request to delay the Sept. 14 start of the mob scion's racketeering conspiracy trial.

Gotti lawyer Charles Carnesi wanted another month to prepare after prosecutors two weeks ago added two new murder charges.

Previously, prosecutors accused Gotti of having a role in the murders as part of a long-running conspiracy dating to 1983.

The new indictments add the murders of George Grosso in 1988 and Bruce Gotterup in 1991 as separate charges.

"We are now in a position where we have to meet these murders head-on," Carnesi said.

As Castel shot down several defense requests, Gotti's sisters, Angel and Victoria, shook their heads in disbelief.

"John didn't look very happy," Victoria Gotti said as she left the courtroom.

The former star of the TV reality show "Growing Up Gotti" turned up in court with her blond tresses trailing down the back of a white summer outfit.

This will mark the fourth time in the past five years that he has gone to trial for a series of crimes, including the 1992 assault and kidnapping of radio host Curtis Sliwa.



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