The high-profile case against infamous Philadelphia mob boss Joseph “Skinny Joey” Merlino got a lot weaker yesterday after it became known that a mob informant accidentally deleted a treasure trove of criminal recordings from his phone that was to be used as evidence in court.
Among the one year’s worth of recordings is both audio and video material, the New York Daily News reported today, all related to the big mob bust in August of 2016, which targeted members of five La Cosa Nostra crime families, including Pasquale “Patsy” Parrello and Eugene “Rooster” O'Nofrio, both captains in New York's Genovese family and Joseph Merlino, the (onetime) boss of Philadelphia’s Bruno crime family.
According to the New York Daily News, “Merlino’s lawyers say audio and video recordings and all texts from the informant’s phone are unavailable, making it impossible to determine how much material existed and to authenticate it.”
Merlino opted to plead not guilty and take his case to trial. It seemed like a daring wager, but apparently it wasn’t such a long shot after all.
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