Skip to comments.Reputed Chicago Mobster Claims Abuse in NC Prison
Posted on 01/21/2014 5:07:49 PM PST by nickcarraway
Reputed Chicago mob boss Joseph "Joey the Clown" Lombardo's attorneys have filed court papers claiming he was abused in a North Carolina federal prison.
The 84-year-old Lombardo was sentenced to life in prison in 2009 after being convicted in the 2007 landmark Operation Family Secrets trial.
His attorneys claim he suffered from "elder abuse" when his access to mail, phone and visitors was restricted last April.
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Thought this would be a story about Jesse Jackson Jr.
That's it? That's the extent of his claim? What a clown!
Maybe “Joey the Clown” wasn’t all that funny.
“His attorneys claim he suffered from “elder abuse” when his access to mail, phone and visitors was restricted last April.”
It is a prison after all.
He looks like Saddam Hussein’s younger, westernized but still crazy brother.
What kind of a loser, half-assed mobster is he anyhow? Aren’t these guys supposed to wield as much power while in prison as they do as free men? I guess that if your name ends in “... the clown” that might indicate some issues.
Lombardo earned the nickname "The Clown" from his joking nature and from various humorous incidents involving him, including grinning wide for mug shots and for departing a 1981 court appearance at the federal courts building in Chicago holding a Chicago Sun-Times newspaper in front of his face with a hole cut out so he could see. In 2005 Halprin spoke to the Chicago Tribune about his client's nickname saying, "That's a name he doesn't relish, and neither do I. The guy I know is not a clown."
he is the same as what we have in the Noor Loch-that is, Washington DC. So when do those bastards get life?
those restrictions have nothing to do with age.
That's it? That's the extent of his claim?
What else is there for someone in prison?
the warden replied to his alleged mistreatment: “this guy really IS a clown! he’s funny!”
Maybe he’s a rodeo clown and just trying to hang on for 8 seconds.
In the way of abuse?
Henry Hill: You’re a pistol, you’re really funny. You’re really funny.
Tommy (Joe Pesci): What do you mean I’m funny?
Hill: It’s funny, you know. It’s a good story, it’s funny, you’re a funny guy.
Tommy: What do you mean, you mean the way I talk? What?
Hill: It’s just, you know. You’re just funny, it’s... funny, the way you tell the story and everything.
Tommy: [it becomes quiet] Funny how? What’s funny about it?
Anthony Stabile: Tommy no, You got it all wrong.
Tommy: Oh, oh, Anthony. He’s a big boy, he knows what he said. What did ya say? Funny how?
Hill: Just... ya know... you’re funny.
Tommy: You mean, let me understand this cause, ya know maybe it’s me, I’m a little f-ed up maybe, but I’m funny how, I mean funny like I’m a clown, I amuse you? I make you laugh, I’m here to f-in’ amuse you? What do you mean funny, funny how? How am I funny?
Hill: Just... you know, how you tell the story, what?
Tommy: No, no, I don’t know, you said it. How do I know? You said I’m funny. How the f am I funny, what the f is so funny about me? Tell me, tell me what’s funny!
Hill: [long pause] Get the f out of here, Tommy!
Tommy: [everyone laughs] Ya mf-er! I almost had him, I almost had him. Ya stuttering pr-k ya. Frankie, was he shaking? I wonder about you sometimes, Henry. You may fold under questioning.
Somebody needs to give him some knockout drops and
tattoo a swastika on his forehead, look just like
Well funny...in a clown sort of way.
I understand there are far more serious forms of abuse. But when you’re 84 years old and are shut off from everyone who means something to you, it’s not a trivial thing. Not that I think he deserves better treatment, but people do have certain rights in prison too. It’s bad enough for an 84 year old just being there with all those dangerous and deranged people around.
Tough shi’ite for him. It’s questionable that anyone there is more dangerous or deranged than Joey the Clown.
Operation Family Secrets
Operation Family Secrets was an FBI investigation of mob related crimes in Chicago. According to the FBI it was one of the most successful investigations of organized crime ever conducted by the Bureau. The investigation and trial was accurately dubbed “Family Secrets” because of the betrayal within the Calabrese family.
The son, Frank Calabrese, Jr., and brother, Nick Calabrese, of a Chicago Outfit mob hit man, Frank Calabrese, Sr., provided testimony that was instrumental to the success of Operation Family Secrets. The investigation led to indictments of 14 defendants affiliated with the Chicago Outfit, which has been one of the most prolific organized crime enterprises in the United States.
The most heinous of their crimes investigated were the 18 murders and one attempted murder that took place over the span between the years 1970 and 1986. All of the murders and other crimes being charged to the defendants were allegedly committed to further the Outfit’s illegal activities such as loansharking, bookmaking and protecting the enterprise from law enforcement.
Operation Family Secrets was a milestone in the FBI’s battle against organized crime in the city of Chicago that is said to have had a significant effect on the operations of the Chicago Outfit. However, it did not end the Outfit’s reign in Chicago.
On a personal level I feel the same. But like I said, people have certain rights, even in prison. Visitation, mail and phone call privileges can be suspended or even revoked entirely, but I imagine there has to be some reason for it, other than the crime the person is there serving time for.
Lombardo was actually Anthony Spilatros’ boss (played by Joe Pesci in Casino)
I certainly wouldn’t assume that there isn’t a reason.
Dude, really? When did the Mob open the books to women?
Here’s a link to a YouTube documentary on the story:
Inside- Chicago Mob Takedown:
“Arent these guys supposed to wield as much power while in prison as they do as free men?”
Not in the Federal prisons. Things are run a lot differently when you get to that level.
NEVER bend over to pick up your rubber nose.
Hey Joey. Hold on a while. Another clown is on his way to help you file a federal lawsuit over your horrible conditions.
Why it’s “Eric The Red Holder” on his black horse, riding in to save the day. Gonna sue the prison system (of which he is almost a leader of sorts, for “age discrimination” and picking on poor old White guys with Italian names (racial profiling?). Singing “Holder On, I’m Coming”. Apologies to Sam and Dave.
The Chicago Mob had control over some or all of the casinos in Vegas, perhaps even when Harry Reid was Gaming Commissioner. Skimming was their major game, and Alan Dorfman got caught with his fingers in the till until the Chicago Mob put two into the back of his head and planted him in the trunk of a car.
Back in the old days, the FBI wasn’t compromised by the Clintons and Janet (Burn Them Alive) Reno. They took down the crime families wherever they could. Only the Clintons stepped in to cover the COIA mob (Gambino/Gotti operation) in the Laborers International Union of North America - LIUNA). Money talked and Coia Jr. walked.
See Byron York’s major piece in the American Spectator, April 1997, “Let’s Be Friends: A Mob-Controlled Union Delivers the Goods for Bill”.
An eye opener for sure. P.S> I worked on part of that law enforcement effort in an Organized Crime Task Force. Reno quashed the qazillion parts indictment in favor of letting the Mob clean up their own union under DOJ supervision.
The Clintons and Obamas have so much dirt under their regimes that they could build a new mountain that would rival Mt. Everest.