The Four Mistakes that created the Teflon Don

Retired Intelligence Detective Gary Jenkins examines John Gotti’s first RICO trial to determine why the jury failed to convict him. We learn about the four mistakes made by the prosecution team of Diane Giacalone and John Gleeson. The first was the attempt to force Wilfred “Willie Boy” Johnson to testify by exposing him as a long-time FBI Top Echelon Informant. Willie Boy replied, “I can’t testify against John. He is my friend.” Diane Giacalone was long on trial experience but short on facing the likes of Bruce Cutler. The defense took one of the government’s former informants and turned him on to the prosecutors. Matt Traynor was a bank robber, and when the government refused to pay him for his testimony against Gotti, he testified that Ms. Giacalone had tried to bribe him and offered him her panties as an enticement to help. The defense also got Traynor to claim that John Gleeson’s wife had obtained a narcotic drug from her work at a hospital, and Mr. Gleeson had given it to him in jail.
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