A reputed Philadelphia mobster’s racketeering trial has been postponed at the least every week due to a medical challenge, in keeping with court docket paperwork.
Accused mob boss Joseph (Skinny Joey) Merlino — whose trial was slated to start out on Jan. 16 in Manhattan Federal Court docket — is in Florida recuperating from a coronary heart ailment.
Merlino went to the Bacon Raton Regional Hospital emergency room on Tuesday, affected by “chest pains and coronary spasms and shortness of breath,” one in every of his attorneys mentioned Thursday.
Merlino, 55, has reportedly survived greater than 25 tried hits and beat three homicide raps.
Hospital exams had “irregular” outcomes and “revealed two ‘vital’ blockages,” mentioned Merlino’s lawyer Edwin Jacobs.
The alleged gangster’s physician mentioned Merlino is on medicine and must be underneath “shut remark for adjustment of medicine,” in keeping with a letter submitted to the court docket.
Because of this, the observe explains, Merlino cannot fly or journey for at the least two weeks.
The trial has been postponed till Jan. 22.
Merlino was speculated to be tried with suspected Genovese capo Eugene (Rooster) Onofrio, who has additionally received a well being associated delay.
Final month, the presiding decide separated the instances due to Onofrio’s “want for medical remedy.”
The trial of 75-year-old Onofrio is now “adjourned indefinitely,” court docket papers say.
Onofrio’s attorneys should verify in with the decide by Jan. 26 and each month after that, to supply updates on his well being and see if he’s match to face trial.