By James B. Jacobs
Considering the fact that Prohibition, the Mafia has captivated the media and, certainly, the yankee mind's eye. From Al Capone to John Gotti, equipped crime bosses have accomplished notoriety as anti- heroes in pop culture. In perform, geared up crime grew powerful and filthy rich through offering illicit items and companies and through acquiring keep watch over over hard work unions and key industries. regardless of, or even as a result of, its strength and excessive profile, Cosa Nostra confronted little competition from legislations enforcement. but, within the final 15 years, the very foundations of the mob were shaken, its bosses imprisoned, its earnings decreased, and its effect badly weakened. during this shiny and dramatic ebook, James B. Jacobs, Christopher Panarella, and Jay Worthington rfile the government's relentless assault on geared up crime. The authors current an outline of the forces and occasions that led within the Nineteen Eighties to the main profitable geared up crime regulate projects in American background. Enlisting trial testimony, secretly taped conversations, court docket files, and depositions, they record 5 landmark instances, representing an important geared up crime prosecutions of the trendy era—Teamsters neighborhood 560, The Pizza Connection, The fee, the foreign Teamsters, and the prosecution of John Gotti.
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8 Similarly, mob control of the garment industry was addressed by a plea bargain between the Manhattan District Attorney's Office and the Gambino brothers, whereby they promised to sell off a substantial Page 7 portion of their garment-industry trucking interests and pay a $12 million fine; their trucking companies (which were also defendants) agreed to withdraw from an industry they had dominated for decades. 10 There were similar victories over mob-controlled enterprises outside of the New York City metropolitan area.
Gotti for inclusion because the charismatic Gotti is the most notorious American mafioso of this generation. His success in defeating three previous prosecutions had created an aura of invincibility that was magnified by the publicity he attracted in the national newspapers and news magazines. Page xiv Part 3 consists of a post-1980 bibliography of organized-crime books, articles, and prosecutions. We hope that the availability of this bibliography, especially the case citations, will encourage future research.
Admittedly, there is an element of arbitrariness in our selection of five cases. We could have selected many others that were extremely important for what they reveal about Cosa Nostra and the government's ability to investigate and prosecute organized crime. Nevertheless, while some people might have different nominees for inclusion in the "top five," we think anyone knowledgeable about organized crime would agree that our choices are reasonable. Teamsters Local 560 for decades had been one of the most, if not the most, notoriously mob-controlled major union local in the United States.