A sovereign case against a gangster, behind for months by antics and psych tests, is finally rolling ahead.
And the judge wants to keep it that way.
Back in May, Brooklyn sovereign prosecutors charged Battista (Benny) Geritano, 45, with making an coercion try by melancholy letters.
Authorities contend the conjectural Gambino associate sent ominous missives while he was sealed up on a 12-year judgment for stabbing someone at a Bay Ridge bar.
Judge orders mental health check for mobster accused of coercion
Until Thursday, Geritano hadn’t been arraigned on the sovereign charges. And even that came close to not happening.
Attorney Walter Mack pronounced Geritano hadn’t given him the immature light to enter a plea. That didn’t matter to Judge Sterling Johnson Jr., who entered a “not guilty” defence on his behalf.
The judge pronounced he wanted the invulnerability to get the case element “like yesterday.”
“The case is going to move,” he said.
There’s a lot to explain his impatience.
Geritano was private from prosecution justice in May, after announcing in the courtroom that he was the person using the show and insisting office brand themselves.
And when he started mouthing off days after to Johnson, the judge sent him to North Carolina for a mental health evaluation.
A clergyman pronounced Geritano exhibited no mental illnesses precluding him from fighting the case, according to justice papers.
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Since Geritano’s return, Johnson has had to sign an sequence that will force him out of his dungeon for every justice date.
The live-wire correct man kept still during Thursday’s coming before Johnson.
But at one point, he flashed a thumbs up at Assistant U.S. Attorney Lindsay Gerdes, who successfully prosecuted Geritano on the stabbing case when she was a Brooklyn prosecutor.
Geritano has filed papers asking to see the financial avowal forms that Gerdes and other prosecutors have to file, Johnson noted.
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