Updated news on the Gambino, Genovese, Bonanno, Lucchese and Colombo Organized Crime Families of New York City.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Department of Justics Reviews Basciano Death Penalty Case

Following requests by Judge Nicholas Garaufis and defense counsel, Department of Justice officials are reviewing the death penalty charges against Vincent Basciano. In  a letter dated June 2nd, Margaret Griffey, chief of the capital case unit at DOJ, said the department was reviewing the requests to squash the death-eligible counts. The decision will ultimately by made by Attorney General Eric Holder. Garaufis wrote earlier that the death penalty prosecution is a waste of time and money, given the fact that Basciano is already under a life sentence for an earlier conviction. The defense believes the death penalty is wrong to bring. Basciano faces a death count in his upcoming trial for the murder of Randolph Pizzolo, a Bonanno associate. The case is noted in "King of The Godfathers" trade paper back version in chapter 28.



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