Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Feds ordered to write $19M check to mobster

Feds ordered to write $19M check to mobster
By Laurel J. Sweet
Monday, July 5, 2010

U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Gertner on Friday ordered the federal government to cut Peter J. Limone a check for $19,566,537. Limone’s windfall is from the $26 million verdict Gertner awarded the 76-year-old man in 2007 for the 33 years he and three other men were condemned to prison for a murder they didn’t commit. Legal expenses were subtracted from his check.

In addition, Gertner on Friday ordered Limone’s wife Olympia, 73, of Medford be paid $794,254 from the federal Court Registry System, and that another $756,432 be split by the couple’s four children.

Limone was acquitted of the 1965 gangland execution of Edward “Teddy” Deegan in Chelsea after a bench trial by Gertner found the FBI knew he was innocent and kept him locked away.

Attorney Juliane Balliro [stated] that Limone “wants only to be able to spend the time he and his wife have left” making up for missed family celebrations.

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