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Lawyer for reputed mobsters says he is ‘dancing on the face of the Eastern District’

Posted Jan 14, 2013 9:23 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A high-priced lawyer who represents reputed mobsters says he has a specialty, and it involves “rats” who turn informant.

“My specialty is cross-examining rats,” lawyer Gerald McMahon told the New York Post. “I have good instincts.”

McMahon’s methods resulted in two big successes last year. One client, reputed Colombo associate Francis Guerra, was convicted in July for selling Oxycontin, but acquitted on double murder, extortion and assault charges. (A witness had testified Guerra was playing Clue on the night of one of the murders.) Then in November another client, alleged Genovese capo Anthony Romanello, was acquitted on extortion charges.

"I’m pretty much dancing on the face of the Eastern District,” he told the Post.

McMahon, a former actor and the son of a federal prosecutor, charges $800 an hour. The story describes the lawyer as “a silver-maned 65-year-year old” who “curses freely” and wears monogrammed dress shirts.

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