Joe Bruno on the Mob – Junior Hector Pagan’s Appearance on the Witness Stand is Delayed.
May 13, 2012
Some guys have all the luck.
Hector “Junior” Pagan, the most famous rat/canary since Sammy “The Bull” Gravano, is catching a break because Nicholas “Nicky Mouth” Santora, according to the New York Post, got hit with a slew of new charges, “courtesy of an FBI informant who taped more than 70 conversations with the Bonanno underboss.”
Because of this new information provided by an un-named wired canary, Federal prosecutor Jack Dennehy, has asked Judge Carol Amon to postpone Santora’s trial to give his defense attorney more time to prepare. Judge Amon has complied with the prosecutor’s request.
This means that Pagan, the stool-pigeon ex-husband of the “Mob Wives” star Renee Graziano, won’t be taking the witness stand this week to testify against Santora, as scheduled. In fact, it could be months before the courts are graced with Pagan’s presence, if at all. Pagan’s only way out of testifying is if Santora takes a plea deal, which, considering the magnitude of the charges against him, seems highly unlikely.
It is not clear from the New York Post article if Pagan is the new informant concerning Santora. But it’s doubtful, since, if you watched the VH1 TV show Mob Wives and have seen Pagan struggle with the English language, you know it would be extremely difficult for Pagan to hold 70 conversations with anybody, even a Cigar Store Indian.
In contemplating Pagan preparing to testify on the witness stand, it reminds me of the Academy Award-winning movie “The King’s Speech.” Whereas King George VI had a speech impediment that needed to be corrected before he addressed his country about their imminent involvement in World War II, in this situation, Pagan needs to be coached by the Feds to make sure he says everything they need him to say, on key, and in a language approximating English.
Sounds like a tall task, but they could always hire actor Jeffrey Rush, who played diction teacher Lionel Logue in “The King’s Speech,” to correct Pagan diction, who on the witness stand, might start stuttering more than King George VI ever dreamed of doing.
Either that, or they can make Pagan stay at a Holiday Inn Express the night before he testifies, and hope he turns, miraculously overnight, into a linguist.