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A notorious Philadelphia mob boss sentenced to two years in prison for illegal betting quipped outside court Wednesday that President Donald Trump was right to suggest cooperators or 'flippers' should be outlawed.
Smoking a cigarette, Joseph 'Skinny Joey' Merlino chuckled as he said: 'President Trump was right. They need to outlaw flippers,' while leaving Manhattan federal court to surrender in 45 days.
Trump - Fox - Friends - Interview - Summer
Trump said during a Fox & Friends interview last summer that flippers who cooperate with prosecutors to get a reduced sentence 'almost ought to be illegal.' Special counsel Robert Mueller has relied on numerous cooperators in his probe of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Merlino, 56, agreed to plead guilty in April so he could avoid a retrial in a racketeering case that ended with a hung jury in February.
Trial - Merlino - Defense - Attorney - Edwin
At that trial, Merlino's defense attorney, Edwin Jacobs, told jurors that Merlino was framed by compromised turncoat mobsters seeking leniency for their crimes.
On Wednesday, Jacobs asked that his client be permitted to serve one half of any sentence on home confinement and be given credit for four months he spent in prison after a judge revoked his supervised relief in 2014.
Jacobs - 'element - Myth - Description - Client
Jacobs said there was an 'element of urban myth' to the description of who his client is and what he has done.
Judge Richard J. Sullivan sentenced Merlino to the maximum two-year term, though Merlino's plea deal called for him to get as little as 10 months in prison.
Judge - Evidence - Merlino
The judge said evidence showed Merlino...
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