** 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)
John Gotti Jr. won the right Tuesday to play edited versions of prison conversations at his upcoming trial that his defense contends show that the mob scion had rejected the gangster life.
However he lost bids to delay his upcoming murder conspiracy trial and limit the prosecution's evidence.
This is the fourth time Gotti Jr. is being tried on allegations that he still ran his late father's Gambino crime family years after allegedly relinquishing "the life."
Some of these prison conversations have been played previously at trial.
One conversation was between Gotti and his father in 1999 inside a medical center for federal prisoners where John Gotti Sr. was serving a life sentence. The others are Gotti Jr.'s talks with associates who visited him in prison several years later after he pleaded guilty in 1999 to racketeering.
Federal Judge Kevin Castel allowed the recordings in again-- but this time in an edited form. Defense attorney Charles Carnesi said after court that the edits still allowed him to make his case that Gotti Jr. had withdrawn from mob life.
Gotti's sisters Victoria and Angel were in court but declined comment. Jury selection for his trial is scheduled for September 14th.