Gotti wants old judge for trial

December 31, 2008 11:26:10 AM PST
John A. "Junior" Gotti is getting a little nostalgic for the federal judge who presided over his three trials, which ended in hung juries. Gotti's lawyers submitted papers in federal court in Manhattan on Tuesday seeking to get U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin to preside over his latest criminal trial.

Gotti was arrested earlier this year on charges in an indictment brought against him in Tampa, Fla. A judge there transferred the case to Manhattan, saying the racketeering charge against Gotti mirrored one on which he was tried repeatedly in New York.

Gotti lawyer Seth Ginsberg wrote that letting Scheindlin handle the case would be a "considerable savings of judicial resources."

For now, the case has been assigned to another New York judge.

It's unclear when he might rule on Gotti's request to relinquish it.

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