Skip to comments.Social Club Décor Plays Role in Gotti Racketeering Trial [Gotti as St. Peter???]
Posted on 03/02/2006 8:34:29 PM PST by JR0tten
A former bartender at John A. Gotti's social club testified yesterday that the club had hot-pink walls and an elaborate buzzer system and that a crucial prosecution witness a turncoat mobster who claims that he made plans in the club to carry out a kidnapping Mr. Gotti had ordered was never there.
The bartender, George DiBello, suggested that the witness, Joseph D'Angelo, would surely have noticed the unusual décor of Our Friends Social Club, in Ozone Park, Queens, if he had been there, as he claimed in his testimony.
Was there anything unusual about the décor of the club? asked Charles Carnesi, a lawyer for Mr. Gotti.
"Yeah, it had hot-pink walls," Mr. DiBello replied.
To get in, he said, visitors had to pass through one door into a foyer, where he could see them through a window, and then be buzzed in from a buzzer behind the bar. He said he recognized Mr. D'Angelo from the neighborhood. But, he said, he had never buzzed in Mr. D'Angelo.
Whether jurors believe that Mr. D'Angelo was ever in the club could be important to the prosecution's case against Mr. Gotti, who is accused of racketeering conspiracy, including conspiring to kidnap Curtis Sliwa, a radio host and the founder of the Guardian Angels.
Testifying in Federal District Court in Manhattan earlier this week, Mr. D'Angelo said Mr. Gotti had convened a meeting at the Ozone Park club, where he ordered Mr. D'Angelo and two other men to rough up Mr. Sliwa, to punish him for insulting the Gotti family on his show.
During cross-examination on Wednesday, Mr. Carnesi asked Mr. D'Angelo how he had entered the club. Looking momentarily puzzled, Mr. D'Angelo answered, "Through the door." Asked to describe the interior, he never mentioned the color of the walls.
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Unlike St. Peter, Gotti is probably south of heaven. :-)