Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Prosecution Reminder - Cross the Outfit: End Up Dead

Defense attorneys were to get their last shot Tuesday after a federal prosecutor reminded jurors at a big Chicago mob trial what happens to people who cross the Outfit: "You end up dead."

That's according to assistant U.S. Attorney Markus Funk in a 280-minute closing argument that stretched over two days.

Defense attorneys were to start their arguments Tuesday afternoon.

Five defendants are accused of taking part in a conspiracy that included 18 long-unsolved murders, illegal gambling, loan sharking and extortion. They are reputed mobster Joseph "Joey the Clown" Lombardo, 78; convicted loan shark Frank Calabrese Sr., 70; convicted jewel thief Paul Schiro, 70; reputed mob boss James Marcello, 65; and retired Chicago policeman Anthony Doyle, 62.

Funk sought to recap for jurors highlights of the trial that started June 21. He detailed gruesome killings, including events leading up to the trial's most high-profile death -- that of Tony "The Ant" Spilotro, who was beaten to death along with his brother, Michael, and buried in an Indiana cornfield.

Tony Spilotro, known as the mob's man in Las Vegas, was the inspiration for the Joe Pesci character in the 1995 movie "Casino." In the film, Pesci's character was beaten with bats and buried alive.

Thanks to NBC5

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