Curtis Sliwa: How I sprung Jr. Gotti from jail
JUBILANT JOHN FINALLY SPRUNG
By KATI CORNELL SMITH and DEVIN SMITH
September 29, 2005 -- John "Junior" Gotti was freed on $7 million bail yesterday — leaving the grim confines of the federal prison where he'd been locked up since 1999 for his luxurious digs on Long Island's Gold Coast.
The jubilant former mob boss greeted reporters from the deck of his Oyster Bay Cove mansion, where the son of the late John "Teflon Don" Gotti is under house arrest after a judge declared a mistrial in his sensational racketeering case.
"How are you, my friends?" Gotti, 41, called out, giving a thumbs-up sign.
Asked how it felt being home for the first time since 1999, Gotti said, "I feel great. It feels magnificent."
A sign saying, "Welcome Home Dad" and a 25-foot arch of bright-yellow balloons greeted Gotti upon his arrival at the estate, where his wife, Kim, and five kids have lived since 1999
Of course, they didn't report on the "Thank You Curtis Sliwa" sign.
If he hadn't been such a shitty, lying withness, Gotti would still be in jail. But he was, and Gotti gets a nice, big Italian meal tonight.
Maybe if Sliwa was a credible witness and not a fantasist, the jury might have believed him.
posted by Steve @ 11:18:00 AM