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  •  You don't think that doddering was an act? I do (7+ / 0-)

    The moment I saw it I thought of "Vinnie the Chin" (Vincent Gigante) . . . a mobster who tried to get out of going to jail by pretending to have Alzheimers.

    It seems especially true when you consider the board at NewsCorps will not boot him because he's a "genius" and they "couldn't live" and be lost without him.

    I think if you all  (Parliment, British Press and the British People) believed his doddering elderly that performance - you may have all been played.  

    Vincent Louis Gigante

    Feigning legal insanity
    FBI surveillance photo of Gigante (right) strolling through Greenwich Village, being led by his close associate and bodyguard Dominick Canterino.

    In 1969, Gigante started feigning mental illness to escape criminal prosecution. He escaped conviction on bribery charges by producing a number of prominent psychiatrists who testified that he was legally insane. The doctors said Gigante suffered from schizophrenia, dementia, psychosis, and other disorders. Gigante allegedly enlisted his mother and wife to help him in these deceptions. The government had many psychiatrists and doctors examine Vincent including Thomas Gutheil from Harvard University, Donald Klein from Columbia University, William Reid from University of Texas, Wilford Van Gorp from Cornell University, Stanley Portnow from New York University, and Abraham Halpern from New York Medical College. These psychiatrists said that Gigante was neither competent to stand trial nor to be sentenced.

    Even when not under indictment, he prepared for inevitable charges (knowing the FBI was watching him). Almost every day he would return from his residence to his mother's apartment at 225 Sullivan Street in Greenwich Village and emerge dressed in a bathrobe and pajamas or a windbreaker and shabby trousers. Accompanied by one or two bodyguards, he crossed the street to the Triangle Civic Improvement Association — a dingy storefront club that served as his headquarters — where he played pinochle and held whispered conversations with his associates.[1] Regular visitors to the Triangle included senior Genovese caporegimes Liborio Bellomo, John Ardito, Tino Fiumara, Ernest Muscarella and Daniel Leo. From Gigante's 1990 indictment and after his incarceration (in La Tuna, Texas) these men ran the crime family, although all major choices would be authorized by Gigante from his prison cell.

    Bumper sticker seen on I-95; "Stop Socialism" my response: "Don't like socialism? GET OFF the Interstate highway!"

    by Clytemnestra on Fri Jul 29, 2011 at 12:39:20 PM PDT

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