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Embattled ‘maxi-trial’ prosecutor takes on ’Ndrangheta

February 25, 2021

Nicola Gratteri has not been to a restaurant in 20 years. The 62-year-old lawyer eats in his office. His home, he says, is a bunker. Armored vehicles and armed guards have been a part of his life for decades, since he began taking on the ’Ndrangheta crime syndicate in southern Italy. His lifestyle won’t change anytime soon. Since January, Gratteri has been chief prosecutor in the “maxi-trial” underway in Calabria, a rugged region at the toe of Italy’s boot near Sicily. Calabria is considered the ’Ndrangheta’s home base. The trial is one of the largest in Italian organized crime history, with 355 ...

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Phyllis McGuire, singing star and Sam Giancana paramour, dies at age 89

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