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Judge refuses to let Gotti out on bail

[JURIST] Magistrate Judge Frank Maas of Federal District Court in Manhattan denied bail Tuesday for John A. "Junior" Gotti. Gotti stands accused of trying to murder radio talk show host Curtis Sliwa in 1992. Judge Maas refused Gotti's offer of $10 million bail, and was unconvinced by defense attorneys' claims that Gotti has renounced his mob ties. "I don't think I'm able to say that Mr. Gotti has renounced a role" as an active captain of the Gambino clan, ruled Judge Maas.

Sliwa was shot several times in June 1992 by gunmen posing as cabdrivers. The prosecution claims that Gotti ordered the attack. Gotti's bail hearing on Tuesday came just as he finished serving a six-year jail sentence for racketeering. The New York Times has more. Read the DOJ's description of the indictment.[PDF]

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