The Nation: Victim No. 21

Penetrating a grand jury, the Mafia makes a hit

Like the Mounties, the Mafia always seems to get its man. Unlike Canada's national police, however, organized crime always has murder on its mind. FBI and other Justice Department officials are now contemplating the disturbing fact that no protection—not even the supposed secrecy of grand jury proceedings—is a barrier to Mob hit men when they set out to protect omertà, the curtain of silence around Mafia affairs.

Gino Gallina, 42, a handsome former Manhattan assistant district attorney who became a lawyer for the Mob, was...

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