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Friday, January 17, 2014

Feds plan to use rap songs containing violent lyrics found on mobsters cellphone at his trial

Luigi Grasso (carrying cane), on trial for a gangland murder, is escorted out of Manhattan Supreme Court last month.

Federal prosecutors want to spin the rap songs “Snitch” and “Hands Up” found on a mobster’s cell phone against him at his gangland murder trial.

The lyrics are relevant because reputed Gambino associate Luigi Grasso is charged with killing another mobster during a July 2010 Brooklyn robbery and a co-conspirator is ratting him out, according to court papers.

“The songs reference robbery, firearms possession, drug trafficking and violence against cooperating witnesses, or ‘snitches,’” Assistant U.S. Attorneys Nicole Argentieri and Darren Laverne wrote in the filing.

They included a snippet from “Snitch” by rapper Obie Trice in the court filing to drive home the point to Federal Judge Sterling Johnson.

Songs by rapper Obie Trice (pictured) were found on mobster Luigi Grasso's cellphone.

The lyrics go: “Steppin’ with the mindstate of the mobster . . . Just don’t whatever you do, snitch/ Cause you will get hit.”

The government’s star snitch is Hector Pagan, the ex-husband of “Mob Wives” reality show producer Renee Graziano.

Pagan actually fired the fatal shot into the victim, loanshark James Donovan who was a reputed associate of the Lucchese crime family. Donovan, who resisted the robbery at an auto body shop in Gravesend, Brooklyn, bled to death.

But Pagan cut a deal with the feds to testify against Grasso and co-defendant Richard Riccardi, a Bonanno gangster.

The feds made Pagan wear a hidden wire leading to the arrests of a gaggle of gangsters including acting Bonanno boss Vincent "Vinny TV" Badalamenti and Pagan’s ex-father-in-law Anthony "TG" Graziano.



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