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June 9, 2011
Red Hot NY Lawyer TacopinaGets Big Chill From Wiseguys
Joseph Tacopina, thehandsome high-profilelawyer who deliverspithy sound-bites onnetwork TV and backs up his legalbanter with successes in court, isflying high these days. And why not?Following his most recent courtroomvictory – a rape case that looked likea sure-fire loser to most observers – the smooth-talking Madison Avenueattorney seems well worth thereported $750 an hour that he gets for his talentedservices. But an important segment of criminal justiceconsumers – wiseguys – have been giving theBrooklyn-born and bred barrister a wide berth forseveral years. The reason: He tagged a prominentlawyer with wrongdoing charges that were neversubstantiated.
Feds: Pig Or Not, You're StillGuilty Of 1998 Mob Rubout
He may have gotten a lousy pleadeal, and his lawyer may havecalled him a pig and skewered himat his sentencing, but the feds saythat mob associate John Matera hasonly himself to blame for the 20 yearshe’s serving for the 1998 murder of anFBI informer. The bottom line, theysay, is that since Matera admitted hisrole in Frank Hydell’s murder, his guilty plea should notbe vacated.
Ex-Con Slays DMV Dilemma
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