By John Marzulli
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Closing statements in the Colombo family racketeering and murder trial were scrapped Wednesday after Tommy Tantrum refused to leave his jail cell.
Thomas (Tommy Shots) Gioeli was in a snit because he didn’t like Federal Judge Brian Cogan’s ruling on an legal issue involving the verdict form.
“I’m outta here,” Gioeli snapped Tuesday afternoon in the courtroom, sources said. “I’m not gonna be here tomorrow.’”
Sure enough, when U.S. marshals tried to bring him to Brooklyn Federal Court early Wednesday, Gioeli wouldn’t budge.
His family members were apparently in on the boycott because they didn’t show up either.
Cogan, who had actually changed his mind on the verdict form ruling, was ready to proceed with the jury looking at an empty chair at the defense table.
“I’ve been as tolerant as I can be but he’s used up any amount of discretion he has left,” Cogan warned.
Defense lawyer Adam Perlmutter rushed to the Metropolitan Detention Center but failed to persuade Gioeli to change his mind.
Perlmutter also claimed his client had some health problem but would not discuss it publicly.
Meanwhile, the 15 jurors and alternates were inconvenienced by the cancellation of the trial day. The feds and counsel for co-defendant Dino (little Dino) Saracino will make their closing arguments Thursday.
Gioeli has had a rough week. He was betrayed by his own cousin called as a defense witness and the gangster flip-flopped on whether to take the stand himself.