John Gotti's trial moved to New York

Dec. 3, 2008 at 3:37 PM
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NEW YORK, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- John Gotti Jr.'s lawyer said his client is elated that his pending racketeering trial will be in his old New York City stomping grounds.

The Daily News in New York said Wednesday that a U.S. federal judge in Tampa, Fla., agreed to the motion to move the trial from Florida in order to ease the burden on Gotti's attorneys and family.

"Both New York and Tampa are easily accessible but obviously access to Tampa is an increased burden for Gotti, his counsel, his family and friends," U.S. District Judge Steven Merryday said in a written ruling issued Tuesday.

Gotti faces trial on multiple counts, including three gangland killings. The Daily News said nearly all of the offenses occurred in the New York area but federal prosecutors indicted him in Tampa.

"John is now able to defend himself fully and fairly, with access to his lawyers and the evidence and the comfort of his wife and children," said Gotti lawyer Seth Ginsberg.

Ginsberg said Gotti would seek bail after being transferred to New York.

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