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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Judge rules 'Vinny Gorgeous' can have a cafeteria sandwich for lunch

The food fight is over.
Vincent "Vinny Gorgeous" Basciano will be allowed to have a hearty sandwich at lunch, rather than the one slice of bologna the US Marshal had been giving him throughout his murder and racketeeting trial, a federal judge said today.
Basciano's lawyer George Goltzer had petitioned the judge for his client to have a better lunch than the "one slice of bologna" he ate on Wednesday inside Brooklyn federal court.
In his ruling this morning before the trial resumed, Judge Nicholas Garaufis said, "The court has consulted with the US Marshal and the marshall agrees to accept for the defendant a sandwich each day, which must be purchased at the third-floor cafeteria."
Vincent 'Vinny Gorgeous' Basciano.
Vincent "Vinny Gorgeous" Basciano.
The judge said the sandwich would "be examined" before it is delivered to Basciano.
When the trial broke for lunch, Goltzer went to the courthouse cafeteria to buy lunch for the mobster.
At first, he ordered a Caesar wrap but changed his mind because the judge had specified "sandwich."
He then got Basciano a chicken hero with swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato and mayo, along with a carton of orange juice for a total of $7.89. He paid with a $20 and did not get a receipt.
"It's a mitzvah," Goltzer said, using the Hebrew word for good deed, of why he was buying Basciano lunch.
The decision comes a day after an FBI agent testified how the vain boss said he was glad they'd given him extra time to "get dolled up" for his mug shot when he was arrested in 2004.
"From what I read in the newspapers, you guys usually do this at 6 a.m.," FBI Special Agent Michael Breslin testified Basciano told authorities as they arrived at his home shortly after 9 a.m.
Basciano is on trial for ordering a hit on Bonanno associate Randy Pizzolo.
This morning, Bonanno thug turned rat Giuseppe "Joey" Gambina testified that Pizzolo was worried his Mafia work would interfere with his anger management classes.
"It was the first day he had to start anger management," Gambina said, repeating Pizzolo's worry he'd be late.
At the time in 2004, Pizzolo and Gambina were casing a home in Astoria, Queens, they had been told to rob.


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