The Dapper Don Beats a Rap

Crime Boss John Gotti is acquitted of racketeering charges

John Gotti likes to dress and drive for success, preferring $1,800 double- breasted suits and a black Mercedes 450 SL, all in keeping with his reputation as the "Dapper Don" of the underworld. Last week he had reason to top the spiffy threads with a bright, back-in-business smile. The reputed boss of America's largest Mafia family was acquitted by a New York jury of federal racketeering charges brought against him nearly two years ago by federal prosecutors. As the jury foreman called out not-guilty findings for Gotti and six co-defendants, including Gotti's brother Gene, the triumphant Gotti jumped up, pointed to...

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