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Criminal Justice

Discussions of criminal law such as RICO and police activities as well as organized crime in the United States.

A structural error is defined as "an error that permeate[s] the entire conduct of the trial from beginning to end or affect[s] the framework within which the trial proceeds." Al Haramain Islamic Found., Inc. v. United States Dep't of the Treasury, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 103373 (D. Or. Nov. 5, 2009)

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The Commission is the governing body of the American Mafia,[1] formed in 1931. The Commission replaced the "Boss of all Bosses" title with a ruling committee consisting of the New York Five Families bosses and the bosses of the Chicago Outfit and the Buffalo crime family.[1] The last known Commission meeting held with all the bosses was in November 1985.[2]

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The Mafia Commission Trial (February 25, 1985 – November 19, 1986), officially known as United States v. Anthony Salerno, et al., was a criminal trial in New York City, United States. Using evidence obtained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, eleven organized crime figures, including the heads of New York's so-called "Five Families," were indicted by United States Attorney Rudolph Giuliani under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) on charges including extortion, labor racketeering, and murder for hire. The case struck a blow against "The Commission," a loose organization of the New York Mafia organizations that met to resolve disputes or discuss criminal activities, sometimes likened to organized crime's board of directors. Time magazine called this "Case of Cases" possibly "the most significant assault on the infrastructure of organized crime since the high command of the Chicago Mafia was swept away in 1943," and quoted Giuliani's stated intention: "Our approach... is to wipe out the five families."[1]

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Many will come to this site with preconceptions which have been heavily influenced by media coverage of the Eppolito/Carcappa trial and wrongful convictions. We ask however that you recall the many instances throughout American and international history where innocent men have been framed and put in prison, either due to false testimony or other means of covering up the real criminals.

Even if — after reading all of this and examining the evidence — you still believe that the so-called Mafia Cops are guilty, what must be understood is that by law they should never have been indicted, tried, or arrested.  New York State knew it, the Feds knew it, and Federal Judge Jack Weinstein knew it. 

It is our sincerest hope that you will keep an open mind as you explore the case today.

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A telephone conversation between Anthony Casso and the Mafia Cops' alternate attorneys where Casso exonerates the defendants.
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