Headhunters: A jury convicts eight Mobsters

A jury convicts eight Mobsters

The eight grim men seated around the defendants' table may have looked like a group of grandfathers, but to Chief Prosecutor Michael Chertoff, they were directors of the "largest and most vicious criminal business in the history of the United States." Last week twelve anonymous members of a federal jury in New York City seemed to agree. They convicted the eight men, among whom were the leaders of three of New York City's five Mob families, of running the Mafia as a criminal organization controlled by a powerful commission. Among its activities: murder, extortion and racketeering.

The verdict, the first against...

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