Lucchese Cohort Banished From Fraud Trial For Outbursts

Law360, New York (March 14, 2014, 9:31 PM EDT) -- A New Jersey federal judge on Tuesday ejected a reputed associate of the Lucchese crime family from his own trial over the alleged extortionate takeover and subsequent bankruptcy of a Texas mortgage lender, after the defendant made outbursts that were audible to the jury.

U.S. District Court Judge Robert B. Kugler filed an order Tuesday removing Salvatore Pelullo from the courtroom during the trial for Pellulo's alleged role in a scheme to wrest control of FirstPlus Financial Group by extorting its board of directors before draining...
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