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Saturday, April 9, 2011

Manocchio files appeal for release

The reputed former boss of the Patriarca crime family is looking to the the First Circuit Court of Appeals for help in an effort to spring out of prison while awaiting trial.
The attorney for Luigi "Baby Shacks" Manocchio, 83 of Providence, informed the courts they plan on fighting U.S. District Court Judge William Smith's decision to keep Manocchio locked up.
Late last month, Smith ruled Manocchio is a flight risk and "no conditions or combination of conditions of release could be imposed to reasonably assure [his] appearance for future court proceedings (including trial)." He also said he was "less convinced" than U.S. Magistrate Judge David Martin that Manocchio was not a threat to others.
On March 8, Martin had set bail for Manocchio at $500,000 with surety and ruled that he could stay at his brother's Glocester home and be placed on electronic monitoring. Martin said the reputed former ex-boss of the Patriarca crime family was neither a threat to the community nor a flight risk.
Manocchio is behind bars at Central Falls' Wyatt Detention Center awaiting trial. He was arrested in January after being indicted for allegedly shaking down Rhode Island strip clubs for protection money and charged with conspiracy, extortion and racketeering conspiracy.
Three other Rhode Island men are also charged in the case. All four - Manocchio, Theodore Cardillo, Thomas Iafrate and Richard Bonafiglia - have pleaded not guilty.
Prosecutors argued vigorously against letting Manocchio out on bail, pointing out that he spent a decade on the lam after being linked to a 1968 gangland slaying and that he allegedly flew to Italy in 2009 to purchase a home there. They also said he has access to a private jet through a wealthy friend.
Manocchio's attorney, Mary June Ciresi, had countered that the alleged mobster did eventually turn himself in to face the music over that murder and added that he has known about the current investigation for years yet hasn't fled the country. She described him as an elderly man who has been poorly treated by the federal court system.
No date has been set yet with the First Circuit.



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