The New York State Court of Appeals has cleared the way for the Kings County District Attorney to bring charges against two alleged Genovese Crime Family associates who were tried and convicted for similar offenses in federal court, according to a story by Alex Ginsberg of the New York Post.
At the end of June, the court ruled that Carmine Polito and Mario Fortunato (right) could be tried in state court for the alleged hired killing of a man in 1994. The two men were charged with the specific killing in a federal racketeering trial. Their conviction was later thrown out because the murder was said to have been a personal matter, rather than an organizational one.
The court decided that no double-jeopardy violation would occur through state charges.