STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Gerald Shargel, 77, an lawyer who defended high mobsters with Staten Island ties, died Saturday in his Manhattan dwelling from issues of Alzheimer’s illness.
Shargel’s bombastic type coupled together with his tactical method earned him accolades throughout his four-decade profession as a prison protection lawyer for notorious mobsters, akin to John Gotti, Joseph Gambino, Anthony “Previous Man” Spero and Salvatore “Sammy the Bull” Gravano.
“Purchasers rent me as a result of I’ll do something that the regulation will permit, with out concern for the way it’s gonna make me look,” he advised The New Yorker in 1994.
His shut ties with mobsters have been well-known. Earlier than Gotti’s remaining trial in 1992 — when he was imprisoned for all times — Shargel was faraway from the case after prosecutors described him as “home counsel” for the Gambino crime household, in response to Advance information. Shargel refuted the characterization.
He represented white-collar purchasers and high-profile politicians, akin to former Pennsylvania Legal professional Normal, Kathleen Kane, who was sentenced in 2016 for orchestrating and mendacity about her involvement in a grand jury leak.
Spero, the previous Huguenot resident and ex-acting boss and consigliere of the Bonanno crime household, had Shargel on his workforce earlier than he obtained a life sentence for racketeering, together with ordering three murders.
Shargel defended Irv Lorenzo and Chris Lorenzo, often called the Gotti Brothers, after prosecutors stated they laundered cash from drug income via their Homicide Inc. file label, the New York Instances reported. The pair was acquitted and Shargel added on to his victory shortly after, saying the case “ought to by no means have been introduced within the first place.”
All through his profession, he remained unashamed of his work and people he defended.
“I don’t apologize for any of that,” he advised a authorized weblog in 2012. “I’m a prison protection lawyer. Meaning I signify folks charged with critical crimes and do my degree greatest to boost cheap doubt, and to see that they’re acquitted.”
Shargel earned his bachelor’s diploma in 1966 earlier than later incomes his regulation diploma from Brooklyn Regulation College in 1969. He later served as a practitioner-in-residence at Brooklyn Regulation College and taught proof, prison process and trial advocacy, the college stated in a launch.
He was revered as a fierce lawyer with an unmatched grasp of the regulation by each colleagues and people he stood toe-to-toe with within the courtroom.
“One of the best lawyer within the nation,” said Geraldo Rivera, a journalist and Shargel’s former classmate. “Jerry put the Teflon within the Teflon Don —John Gotti — and represented meek and highly effective alike.”
Former college students lamented the lack of Shargel, and counseled his mentorship and steering all through his time as an teacher.
“Actually had a tough time listening to this information in the present day,” said Brian Elfus, a former scholar, after studying of Shargel’s loss of life. ”He taught me a lot in regards to the regulation, however far more about life. He was the rationale I went to regulation college, and undoubtedly the most effective trial lawyer ever.”
Shargel is survived by his spouse, Terry, and his two youngsters, David Shargel and Johanna Shargel — each of whom are attorneys.