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Friday, May 13, 2011

Jurors ask to hear tapes again in 'Vinny Gorgeous' Murder trial

The jury in the death penalty murder trial of former Bonanno crime family boss Vincent "Vinny Gorgeous" Basciano listened to tapes made by longtime boss Joseph Massino, which contains a segment where Basciano uttered the phrase "let him go."
Jurors, on their second day of deliberations, again asked to listen to recordings made by longtime Bonanno boss Massino, who preceded Basciano as head of the crime family.
He later switched sides and surreptitiously taped Basciano for the feds while the two men were both inmates at the federal Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn.
Federal prosecutors said that Basciano — who is already serving a life sentence for another mob murder — ordered the assassination of Randy Pizzolo, a Bonanno associate considered reckless and insubordinate, who was later gunned down in 2004 in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
Prosecutors had argued during the trial that the directive "let him go" meant that Pizzolo should be killed.
But Basciano’s defense attorneys countered that the phrase wasn’t an order to kill Pizzolo, and instead meant that Pizzolo should be ostracized for his bad conduct and be given a smaller role in the crime family.
The panel spent most of the day discussing the case behind closed doors in Brooklyn federal court after they were provided with witness transcripts and audio surveillance tapes relating to testimony given by former Bonanno mobsters who took the stand for the government — all of which they had requested.
The panel’s discussions follow a mob trial that has already lasted four weeks.



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