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Exhibition Drawing Justice: The Art of Courtroom Illustration

Marilyn Church. John Gotti Trial, March 25, 1992. Colored pencil, graphite, porous point pen, and water-soluble crayon on ochre paper. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (081.00.00)
LC-DIG-ppmsca-31210 © Marilyn Church

The Dapper Don on Trial

Flamboyant crime boss John Gotti, "the Dapper Don," faced trial on several occasions. In 1992 he appeared in United States v. John Gotti et al., in the U.S. District Court in Brooklyn. Gotti, sporting a red tie and handkerchief, sits next to his attorney, Ken Kukec. Defense attorney Albert Krieger hands Anthony M. Cardinale, another defense attorney, papers, while Murray Appleman, the sole witness for the defense, testifies. Judge I. Leo Glasser leans forward to listen. When his second in command, Salvatore "The Bull" Gravano, turned on him and became a government witness, Gotti was convicted on charges of murder, racketeering, obstruction of justice, illegal gambling, tax evasion and loan sharking. He died of throat cancer in 2002, while serving a life sentence in prison in Springfield, Missouri.