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Gotti Gets Stood Up by Jurors

Ex-Gambino crime boss had invited jurors over for Christmas dinner



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    Gotti had a good time anyway.

    None of the members of the hung jury that got John "Junior" Gotti off the hook in his fourth racketeering trial showed up for Christmas dinner, but that's not because they weren't invited. The Teflon son got stood up.

    Not to worry. Gotti enjoyed the day anyway, cooking up a feast for family and friends at his Long Island mansion.

    "I had no way of contacting them," Gotti told the Daily News of the jurors.

    The jurors, who remained anonymous, couldn't reach a unanimous verdict on the murder and racketeering charges against the ex-Gambino crime boss, resulting in a Dec. 1 mistrial that enabled an elated Gotti to spend the holidays at home with his family.

    "Come to my house for Christmas," Gotti, now free on $2 million bail, told the jurors immediately after the mistrial was announced.

    But no one came.

    After his fourth trial in five years ended in a hung jury, sources indicated it was unlikely that Gotti would be tried for a fifth time, suggesting that the jury pool was tainted. The U.S. Attorney has yet to issue any formal decision on the matter, however.

    Family members claim "Junior" Gotti has been a government target simply because of his last name. The accused mobster, born on Valentine's Day in Queens, led the Gambino crime family for much of the 1990s while his father was in prison.