John A. “Junior” Gotti soon may be headed home. A New York federal judge yesterday declared a mistrial in the mob scion’s racketeering trial after jurors, in their eighth day of deliberations, repeatedly indicated they were deadlocked, reports Newsday. Gotti, 41, probably will be released on bail as early as next week.
Gotti was ordered held without bail last year after a judge said he posed a danger to the community because he originally was charged with directing the attempted murder of radio talk-show host Curtis Sliwa in 1992. Prosecutors later dropped that charge, instead asserting that Gotti had ordered Sliwa kidnapped. The jury’s verdict sheet showed the panel was one vote away from convicting him of several racketeering acts. The jury appeared to struggle with whether Gotti “retired” from the mob, has his attorney contended, after pleading guilty to separate racketeering charges in April 1999.