Big Apple taxpayers are shelling out $8.4 million to settle wrongful death actions for five notorious gangsters who were whacked by NYPD Mafia Cops Louis Eppolito and Stephen Caracappa as reported by John Marzulli for the Daily News: "the city agreed to pay $1.85 million to the estate of Lucchese soldier Anthony DiLapi; $1.8 million to Lucchese associate John (Otto) Heidel; $1.75 million to painter's union head and informant James Bishop; $1.5 million each to Gambino capo Edward Lino and soldier Bartholomew (Bobby) Borriello."
Eppolito and Caracappa were convicted in 2006 for multiple murders, and last year Brooklyn federal judge Raymond J. Dearie ruled that wrongful death lawsuits against the city by the victims' survivors may go to trial because "there was evidence to suggest the rubouts would not have occurred had Eppolito been kicked off the force or disciplined after he was 'caught red-handed' passing confidential police records to a mobster in 1984" as reported by Frank Donnelly for the Staten Island Advance:
The failure to discipline a detective who colludes with organized crime plainly courts the risk that that detective will do so again," wrote Dearie. "And it is likewise obvious that collusion between a police detective and organized crime might well lead, as it did in these cases, to unconstitutional harm to members of the public."
Frankly, when a mobster is killed arising out of his role in the life any settlement agreement for wrongful death should be void as against public policy. In sum, a mobster's life ain't worth a dime.