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Joe Bruno on the Mob – Francis (BF) Guerra Not Guilty

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          In a stunning setback for the government and the prosecution, Brooklynite Francis (BF) Guerra was found not guilty of the murders of Joseph Scopo and Staten Island club-owner Michael Devine.

            “The jury rejected the testimony of five fakers,” co-defense counsel Mathew Mari said of the mob rats who testified against Guerra in a series of crimes.

            The verdict was so stunning, Federal Judge Sandra Townes, who was accused during the trial by Guerra’s co-counsel Gerald McMahon of bias against Guerra, asked for the jury to go back into the jury room, so she could read their decision before it was made public. It was like Judge Townes refused to believe what she was hearing from the jury until she read the verdict herself.

Judges Townes was so biased against Guerra during the trail, she even took the unusual step of having Guerra’s 2-year-old son removed from the courtroom because the kid was waving to his father in the courtroom, and Guerra had the audacity to wave back to his own son. Like that was some sort of crime.

            The key evidence that helped acquit the defendant was when the ex-wife of the government’s chief witness against Guerra testified in court that Guerra was home playing the board game Clue when Scopo was killed. Obviously, this woman’s ex-husband had made some sort of deal with the government for his false testimony, and the government bit, because they wanted a conviction against Guerra, who they claimed was an associate of the Colombo crime family. This was the second big loss for the government in a row. In May, a jury found of alleged Colombo crime boss Thomas (Tommy Shots) Gioeli innocent on six murder charges.  

            This is the problem with the law these days. If they even think you’re associated with the Mafia (or organized crime), they will stop at nothing to get a conviction; even going as far as making a deal with a criminal far worse than the person they are prosecuting.

            So even with the judge against him, and the government lining up false witnesses against him, Guerra’s co counsels Mari and McMahon were able to convince a jury all was not as the government said it was. As a result, Guerra walked out of court a free man.

            I have two problems with this sort of thinking by the government. First, why make deals with criminals just to convict someone they think is a criminal? And second, what if it’s you, or I, or someone with a vowel at the end of his name whom law enforcement decides is the bad guy?

The bottom line is careers are made in law enforcement, from the arresting officer, to the prosecuting attorney, when an alleged organized crime figure, or associate is put behind bars; not to mention the increase in salary they receive from a promotion based on a successful prosecution of “The Mob.”

 This type of government thinking goes all the way back to the mid-1930s when Thomas E. Dewey framed Mafia boss Lucky Luciano on a prostitution charge, when Dewey knew Luciano was committing every crime known to man, except prostitution.

Why does the government think they have the right to play God?

The bad news for the government is that juries are getting wise to their Machiavellian machinations; which is good news for all law-biding citizens.




Joe Bruno on the Mob – Michael Persico Indicted for Ordering Hit

Posted in Cosa Nostra, criminals, crooks, FBI, FBI, Gangs, gangsters, mafia, mobs, Mobsters, murder, New York City, New York City murder, organized crime, police, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 28, 2011 by Joe Bruno's Blogs


I don’t know why, but this sounds fishy to me.

Michael Persico, the son of jailed mob boss Carmine (The Snake) Persico, was recently indicted for ordering the 12th and final killing in the bloody Colombo family mob wars, which ended almost two decades ago. Persico, 54 years old, has never been convicted of a crime, and has always been known as a legitimate businessman who owns a limousine service and a restaurant.

Persico, along with Francis (B.F.) Guerra, and Persico’s cousin, Theodore (Skinny Teddy) Persico, were accused of being involved in the killing of rival Colombo crime family member Joseph Scopo in 1993. Another Colombo crime family member, John Pappa, was convicted in May 1999 of killing Scopo, as Scopo exited his car in Ozone Park, Queens.

According to Guerra’s lawyer Gerard McMahon, a newly-turned government rat named Anthony (Big Anthony) Russo, has told the Feds that he was in a nearby car with Guerra and Teddy Persico when Scopo was whacked. And to throw in another big name, Russo fed the Feds Michael Persico, as the person who gave the orders for the Scopo killing.

McMahon claims that the only reason Russo is testifying on an 18-year old murder is to save his own skin, and I think that McMahon may be right. We have seen too many instances in the past when some wiseguy, or wannabe wiseguy, has made up stories – telling the Feds what they want to hear – in order to get a reduced prison sentence.

Lets see if the Feds can get a conviction on Michael Persico, Guerra, and Teddy Persico, based strictly on the testimony of one mob informant.

I think all three men have a good chance of walking on this one.

The article below appeared in the New York Daily News.

Son of jailed mob boss Carmine ‘The Snake’ Persico indicted for ordering hit

BY Oren Yaniv

The son of jailed mob boss Carmine (The Snake) Persico was indicted Thursday for ordering the 12th and final killing in the bloody Colombo family mob wars.

Michael Persico, 54, was indicted in Brooklyn Federal Court along with two associates for taking out rival mafioso Joseph Scopo in 1993.

The younger Persico has no prior convictions and has long groomed a reputation as a legit businessman who owns a limousine service and a restaurant.

His first arrest came last year, when he was accused of racketeering involving debris removal contracts at Ground Zero. He was released on a $5 million bail package.

The new indictment says he went after Scopo because he sided with the Orena faction of the Colombos.

“Persico also arranged the firearms to be used in the Scopo murder,” prosecutors charged in court papers.

Wiseguy John Pappa was convicted in May 1999 of taking out Scopo as he left a car outside his Ozone Park, Queens, home – as well as three other mob hits. The Scopo murder was carried out to “secure the power of the Persico family,” court documents say.

Secret recordings made by a Mafia turncoat who claimed to be in a nearby car when Scopo was gunned down tied Michael Persico to the murder, court papers said.

In the car with the informant, the feds claim, were Persico’s co-defendants, Francis (B.F.) Guerra, and Persico’s cousin Theodore (Skinny Teddy) Persico.

Guerra is also charged with killing Michael Devine in 1992 with a coup de grace bullet to the groin for dating the wife of acting boss Alphonse (Allie Boy) Persico.

Alphonse, Michael Persico’s brother, was in prison at the time. Alphonse and Carmine Persico are serving life sentences.

Guerra’s lawyer, Gerard McMahon, claimed the government’s snitch is Anthony (Big Anthony) Russo, who flipped six months ago, and blamed him for making up lies to save himself.

“He gives them the one guy they don’t have,” the lawyer said. “[Guerra] has nothing to hide on these murders.”

Michael Persico’s lawyer did not return requests for comment. While Theodore Persico is incarcerated, prosecutors will ask to remand Guerra and Michael Persico in a hearing scheduled for next week.

With John Marzulli