The murder solicitation trial against reputed mob groupie Ronald Galati opened this week in Atlantic City, NJ as reported by Julia Terrusa for The Inquirer. Galati is accused of contracting a hit against his daughter's boyfriend who was shot outside his home last year. The victim survived, and the two shooters are testifying against Galati.
Notwithstanding Galati's alleged ties to Philly mobsters the presiding judge will not allow prosecutors to make any Mafia references since the attempted hit was not related to mob business and would have a prejudicial effect against the defendant. However, mob prosecutor David Fritchey, chief of the Organized Crime Strike Force in the U.S. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia, has been observing the trial as reported by William Bender for the Daily News. Apparently Fritchey is there to listen just in case Galati wants to talk.
Galati also is facing charges in another case for allegedly running an insurance fraud scheme out of an auto body shop and soliciting hits against witnesses for their supposed cooperation in that investigation.