NEW YORK, NEW YORK – "These ain't men you're dealing with, you're dealing with frauds," he said. "It's like a kid who gets (unintelligible) all his life ... and he gets his milk money taken. What does he grow up to be? A cop. He's got a gun and a badge. That's his equalizer. Got a gun and a badge, now he's a man. Well, that's how all these guys are, John, they're no different." – John Gotti, Jr.
Every generation has its test of principle in which people of good faith can no longer remain silent in the face of authoritarian ambition - Jonathan Turley
We have learned from painful experience that unchecked authority, once tasted, easily becomes insatiable
"The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws." Tacitus 55-117 A.D.
John A. Gotti (born 1964) is an American mobster and is the son of John Gotti. He is better known as Junior Gotti.
John Angelo Gotti was born in 1964 to John and Victoria Gotti. He had two brothers, Frankie (killed in an accident in 1980) and Peter. He also has two sisters, Victoria and Angela. He is normally called Junior Gotti since he has his father's first name even though they have different middle initials.
Junior started bodybuilding in high school and started hanging out with his father's Mafia connections in the Gambino crime family. His father, who had become boss, made Junior in December 1988. He was promoted to Capo in 1990. He also married Kim Albanese in 1990.
He has allegedly been the acting boss at various times between 1992 and 1999, but he does not have the ruthlessness his father had to run the family the way they wanted it run. He has claimed in court to have retired from the Mafia in 1999, in furtherance of a statue of limitations defense.
In 1999, he was sentenced to 6 years for racketeering. In 2004, he claimed that when he was released, he wanted out of the Mafia business for good and wanted to take his family to Canada. He has bitter feelings for his uncle Peter Gotti, whom he claims turned his back on him and his father while they were in prison. He has considerable bitterness toward Carmine Agnello for cheating on his sister Victoria too.
On September 20, 2005, another racketeering trial against Gotti was declared a mistrial after the jury announced it was hopelessly deadlocked, with the exception of one charge of stock manipulation, on which Gotti was acquitted. The charges in the case included an allegation of a plot to kidnap Curtis Sliwa, the founder of the Guardian Angels crime-fighting group. Gotti faced up to 30 years in prison if convicted of the multiple racketeering charges. The trial continued on February 13, 2006. On March 10, 2006 a mistrial was declared after the jury announced it was hopelessly deadlocked on the charges.
Gotti refused a plea deal in April that would have seen him serve five years. The deal was turned down because Junior believes that the Federal Government would use the time he was incarcerated to bring further racketeering charges against him.
After the two mistrials, Gotti's third trial on the same charges started in August, 2006 and is ongoing. He has vowed to leave the state of New York permanently if he is acquitted .
For the second time, a judge on September 13, 2006 tossed out new racketeering charges filed against John "Junior" Gotti, finding the evidence introduced at his trial insufficient to support a conviction. U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin decided the government had not proven its claims that money invested in several of Gotti's properties stemmed from alleged loansharking or construction industry extortion.