On May 14, 2018, the US Supreme Court’s sports-betting ruling dealt a losing hand to organized crime in the New York area, legal experts said Monday. Defense lawyer John Meringolo, who’s represented John “Junior” Gotti and reputed Philadelphia mob boss Joseph “Skinny Joey” Merlino, said legal sports betting “will have a detrimental effect on the mob and anyone who tries to make a living through this type of vice.” “For what’s left of what they do, this would significantly hurt their bottom line, if not completely destroy it,” said Meringolo, also a Pace Law School professor. https://nypost.com/2018/05/14/mobsters-will-lose-core-business-thanks-to-legal-sports-betting-experts/

Meringolo’s distinguished legal career has earned him a reputation as an expert in federal criminal practice.  For print only he provides expert commentary the New York Post, the New York Daily News.  On November 26, 2015 he has commented on high-profile cases, such as Speaker of the New York State Assembly Sheldon Silver. “Defense lawyer John Meringolo, part of the team that won John “Junior” Gotti’s fourth and final hung jury, said his experience suggested the juror was holding out…”When there’s chaos in the jury room, it’s always good for the defendant. Statistically, the conviction rate is so high in the federal system, when you have someone willing to take a stand, it means that maybe he’s got a shot.”

On September 17, 2015, the New York Daily News Meringolo gave his expert opinion regarding the trial of Vincent Asaro the alleged mobster charged in the Lufthansa heist portrayed in the motion picture Goodfellas stating: Defense lawyer John Meringolo, who is also an adjunct professor at Pace University Law School, said any prospective juror who has seen the Martin Scorsese classic film should be barred from serving on the panel. “It’s very rare for a crime to be depicted in a movie or a book before the trial is held,” Meringolo told the Daily News, also referring to the book “Wiseguys” by acclaimed journalist Nicholas Pileggi, which inspired the film. Meringolo, who is not involved in the upcoming trial, said the gangland bloodbath depicted in the “Goodfellas” film in the aftermath of the Lufthansa robbery would be highly prejudicial to Asaro because he was not involved with killing any of the members of the crew.”

Reputed Philly mob boss Joseph “Skinny Joe” Merlino is gearing up for battle in a massive racketeering case brought by Manhattan federal prosecutors, turning down a sweet deal from the feds and hiring a big-shot lawyer, The Post has learned in June of 2017. Merlino, 55, whose expensive suits and Rolls Royce are reminiscent of a bygone era, hired mob lawyer and Pace University law professor John Meringolo on Tuesday, court papers show.

Merlino hired Meringolo — who has represented former Gambino boss John “Junior” Gotti and acting capo Greg DePalma — because he plans to take his case to trial despite a plea offer that could have left him with less than two years prison time.

On February 20, 2018, Joey Merlino appears to have dodged another bullet. A federal judge in Manhattan on Tuesday declared a mistrial in the latest racketeering prosecution involving the reputed head of the Philadelphia mob – a case that threatened to send him back to prison for decades. See Philadelphia Inquirer.


Cross examination in United States v. Libous, January 2015
Defense Table, United States v. John Gotti, 2009.
Sentencing, United States v. Gregory Depalma, 2006.
Opening Argument, United States v. Gregory Depalma, 2006.
Cross Examination of Joseph D’Angelo. United States v. John Gotti, 2009.
United States v. Joey Merlino Cross examination of former Bonnano Captain, Peter Lovaglio, January 31, 2018.