The Mafioso, The Journalist And The Subpoena

A journalist subpoenaed in a case not involving the Bush administration? It could only involve the mafia. Longtime mob journalist Jerry Capeci, who covers the organized crime beat for the New York Sun (and is the author of books The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Mafia and Mob Star: The Story of John Gotti) is fighting a subpoena in a murder case involving an (allegedly) corrupt FBI supervisor. He gave a six-page sworn stagement [PDF] in Brooklyn Supreme Court detailing his career in a successful bid to escape revealing his sources.

R. Lindley DeVicchio, the former head of the FBI’s Colombo squad, is accused of giving up the names of informants to Colombo captain Gregory Scarpa Jr. The Brooklyn DA’s office believes DeVicchio collaborated with Scarpa so he could put away lesser, unprotected Colombo figures while letting Scarpa off the hook. Capeci has written extensively about the case.

Devicchio’s lawyers have withdrawn their subpoena but Capeci may be called to testify at trial.