Skilling Won't Undo Mafia Man's Sentence: 2nd Circ.

Law360, New York (February 14, 2012, 6:35 PM EST) -- The Second Circuit on Tuesday affirmed the 16-year sentence given to Genovese crime family member Michael Coppola for racketeering, overruling Coppola's objections to the legal validity of extortion charges after the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Skilling v. U.S.

The court held that 2010's Skilling decision did not invalidate extortion charges under the Hobbs Act accusing Coppola of depriving union longshoremen of certain intangible property rights through his major role in an organized crime conspiracy. Coppola was found guity in 2009 of leading the Genovese family's...
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