Government decides not to seek 5th Gotti trial

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NEW YORK (AP) — The federal government has decided not to seek a fifth racketeering trial against John “Junior” Gotti.

Prosecutors in New York issued a one-paragraph statement Wednesday saying they had decided not to seek another trial “in light of the circumstances.”

Gotti has been free on $2 million bail since a jury deadlocked on Dec. 1 after deliberating for 11 days.

It was Gotti’s fourth mistrial. Three previous trials had ended in hung juries.

Gotti, the son of the notorious Gambino crime family boss, has insisted he left organized crime in the late 1990s.