Falconne, one of the first men to stand up against the mafia.

by Dimitri Marinis on Avril 21, 2013 - 3:22pm

Who makes a difference?

The person I chose to talk about for this post is a man who devoted his life to battling the mafia in Italy. Having written most of my pieces this semester on the mafia and corruption, it’s safe to say that my person did some courageous things when he was alive.  Giovanni Falcone was born in 1939 in the city Palermo, Sicily and died in 1992 in Palermo as well. Falcone studied law at the Livorno naval academy and graduated in 1961. He then moved on to become a judge in 1964. Falcone then began to work at the prosecutions office in Palermo and this is where he made a difference.

Falcone investigated many crime families in Sicily. Not only did he put his own life at risk to do this job, he also put his love/family life on hold to complete his cases.” He became part of Palermo's Anti-Mafia Pool, created by Judge Rocco Chinnici. This was a group of investigating magistrates who closely worked together sharing information. Other than Falcone, the group included Paolo Borsellino, Giuseppe Di Lello and Leonardo Guarnotta”. Falcone took charge in the “maxi trial” which was the preliminary investigating of the mafia in Sicily. Being the man in charge of prosecution he got a important testimony from one of the mafia members who gave away all the mafia’s secrets. That testimony got 360 members arrested for serious crimes. After the maxi trials he teamed up with the district attorney of southern New York to investigate the Gambino and the Inzerillo families.

Falcone died on May 23rd1992 at the hands of the mafia who placed a bomb under the expressway between the airport and Palermo. His wife and security guard died on that day as well. Even though Falcone was not a volunteer he devoted his life to liberate the citizens of Sicily from the mafia. He will always be remembered as a gutsy person who stood by what he believed in; in spite of putting his own life in danger.

 

Article: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2274337/Mafia-boss-Joe-Ligambi-set-walk-free-jury-hits-deadlock-racketeering-claim--CLEARS-charges.html 

This article talks about a mob boss who is being released from prison because of lack of evidence against his crimes. His associate admitted to murder which was the first in Philly in 10 years. This ex mobster is a part of the witness protection program. Lingambi who is the lead boss in the Philadelphia mafia is being accused of selling illegal gambling equipment to restaurants, bars and other social places. The investigation has lasted a total of 13 years.

I linked this to Giovanni Falcone because he has done many trials like this. For example we have the maxi trial which was the largest trial ever done in Italy against the mafia.

 

Reference for Giovanni Falcone:

http://historysheroes.e2bn.org/yourheroes/view/10483