Joe Bruno on the Mob – How About a Little Compassion Judge?


OK, right off the bat, Criminal Attorney Mathew J. Mari has been a good friend of mine for over 40 years. He fights for his clients, and he mostly wins for his clients. But my friendship with Matty has absolutely nothing to do with what I am about to say.

The question is, why does Anthony Durso, convicted of a crime and waiting to go to prison, have a 7 p.m. curfew?? Even Anthony Durso’s parole officer doesn’t think his client should have a curfew. But Brooklyn Federal Judge Kiyo Matsumoto does. And right now, apparently the judge’s opinion is the only one that matters.

A convicted person is usually free, from the time of their sentencing, to the time they start serving their prison sentence. Convicted disgraced governor of Illinois Rod Blagojevich is presently a free man after being convicted of a slew of crimes. And he’s facing a hell of a lot of more prison time than Durso is. Want to bet that after Blagojevich is sentenced, he isn’t put on a 7 p.m. curfew until he finally goes to prison?

It seems in the past few years, under Attorney General Eric Holder’s regime, Italian/Americans are treated more harshly than people of other nationalities. Heck, even Muslim terrorists seem to get more respect these days than those of us whose last names end in a vowel. Especially from creeps like Geraldo Rivera, whom, by the way, I can’t conceive why he still has a job at Fox News. Rivera belongs in a liberal setting like MSNBC. Every time I see Rivera on Fox News I want to punch out the TV screen.

But I digress.

The main issue is this: Hey judge, how about doing the right thing here? Give Anthony Durso a break. Treat Durso like every other man in his position should be treated. Durso will eventually serve his sentence like a man. There is no reason to treat Durso any less than a man should be treated, in the time period before he goes to prison.

This article appeared in the New York Daily News.

BY John Doyle and John Marzulli

Thursday, July 21st 2011, 4:00 AM

“Baby Fat Larry” is looking for love.

Reputed Colombo associate Anthony Durso wants a judge to remove a 7 p.m. curfew so he can do what any other red-blooded, single Italian male living in Brooklyn wants to do.

“He goes home and eats dinner with his mother and stepfather and then has to stay home every night with them,” his lawyer Mathew Mari wrote in a letter to Brooklyn Federal Judge Kiyo Matsumoto.

“He is a 27-year-old man and would like to have some leisure time away from his parents and his home,” Mari continued. “He would like to leave his home after work and perhaps go on a date or just go out of the house.”

For those ladies who might be interested, here’s the dossier on Durso:

First the nickname – it’s derived from his close association with fellow Colombo gangster Ilario (Fat Larry) Sessa.

Durso is gainfully employed by the city Sanitation Department, but that may not be true for much longer. He’s facing up to 33 months in prison when he’s sentenced in November.

Although Mari describes his client as a “teddy bear,” prosecutors paint a more ominous picture of the 300-pound man.

Durso pleaded guilty to participating in the assault of a deadbeat who was past due on loanshark payments. Sessa was also present and carrying a knife, according to court papers. Durso is also known to have possessed a firearm that was going to be used in Sessa’s mob induction ceremony, according to court papers.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Allon Lifshitz is urging the judge to keep the curfew in place “to minimize the defendant’s ability to commit crimes.”

Durso declined to comment Wednesday afternoon outside his parents’ Dyker Heights home.

In an interview Wednesday, Mari pointed out that even his client’s probation officer doesn’t think a curfew is necessary. The lawyer insisted his request is not about getting Durso female companionship.

“He has no girlfriend and there’s no girl he wants to see,” Mari told the Daily News. “Why should he have to stay home with his mom and dad?”


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