Closing Arguments Begin in Latest Gotti Trial

Gotti maintains that he quite the mob a decade ago

Monday, Nov 9, 2009  |  Updated 12:00 PM EDT
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Closing Arguments Begin in Latest Gotti Trial

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** FILE ** In a Sept. 27, 2006, file photo John Gotti Jr. exits Manhattan federal court after his third trial ended in a mistrial in New York. Gotti could be heading back to New York soon for a mob trial. Federal Judge Steven Merryday ordered the transfer Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2008, in a written ruling in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano, File)

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Closing arguments have begun in the two-month-old Manhattan trial of John "Junior" Gotti.
    

Assistant U.S. Attorney James Trezevant told a jury Monday that prosecutors proved Gotti is guilty of racketeering. The trial has featured government witnesses claiming Gotti killed, and ordered killings, to protect his drug business and millions of dollars in illegal revenues.     
Gotti has argued through his lawyer that he was never involved in killings. He says he quit the mob a decade ago when he admitted to racketeering charges.
    
The elder John Gotti was sentenced to life in prison for racketeering. The former Gambino boss died there in 2002.
    
Junior Gotti's three earlier trials have ended with hung juries.
    

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