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Wanna Be A Gotti Juror?

The NYC district attorneys' office is having a hard time finding New Yorkers willing to serve on the jury for the murder trial of notorious mobster John Gotti, Jr. That's a shocker.
The Dapper Don is long dead and three of his brothers are in jail forever - but the name "Gotti" still inspires fear. That's the long and short of comments from the more than 300 men and women in the pool of prospective jurors for next week's murder/conspiracy trial of John A. (Junior) Gotti, the son of the late mob boss John Gotti. "I don't want to mess with John Gotti," one prospective juror said. "People involved with John Gotti have mysteriously 'disappeared,'" said another. Both were later bounced. "I do have a fear of the Mafia looking me up if the jury found him guilty," a third offered. These are just some of the excuses prospective jurors have floated to try to get out of serving on the jury in Gotti's fourth federal trial.
Prospective jurors are being given a 29-page questionnaire asking whether they had any family members working in law enforcement, whether they could accept the testimony of convicted mob informers, and even what TV shows they watch. I'd pull a Liz Lemon and show up dressed like Princess Leia. Whatever it took.

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