Gino DiPietro was gunned down last December in Philadelphia, PA allegedly by reputed mob soldier Anthony Nicodemo, and although the victim was an informant that may not have been the motivation for the slaying as reported by William Bender for the Daily News: "police have looked at the mob angle in the DiPietro case, but so far haven't found any indicators that he was killed because he was an informant."The DiPietro slaying occurred on the same day that federal prosecutors rested their case in the racketeering trial targeting the alleged gambling operations of the Philly mob including its reputed boss Joe Ligambi, and threw an ironic snag in the defense strategy as then reported by William Bender and Stephanie Farr for the Daily News:
"I can't f------ believe this," said Joseph "Scoops" Licata's attorney, Christopher Warren, as he greeted the defendants Thursday morning before U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno entered the courtroom. "We're preaching a theme of nonviolence, and three hours after the government rests, someone is shot in front of their house in broad daylight," Warren said. "What could be worse?"
Indeed, the DiPietro hit unlikely was sanctioned given the bad press it would generate against the Philly mob at such an inopportune time.