By Tony Hanson
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Convicted former mob boss Joey Merlino is scheduled back in federal court again this morning, and he could learn whether he is a free man — still under the supervision of the court — or if he’s headed back to prison.READ MORE: Pennsylvania US Senate Race Between Republicans Mehmet Oz, Dave McCormick Too Close To Call
The government alleged in September, just days before Joey Merlino’s period of supervised release was to end, that Merlino had violated his release conditions by meeting with felons and mobsters.
The defense unsuccessfully challenged the motion on technical grounds, so a hearing on the merits of the government’s allegations is scheduled for today.READ MORE: Parties Pick State Lawmakers To Be Lieutenant Gov Candidates
The defense contends Merlino, sentenced to 14 years in prison and then supervised releases, has followed the rules, saying that the alleged contacts included chance encounters and he wants to get on with his life with his family and his job in sales.
So Merlino, who called the prosecutor “mental” after the last hearing, returns to court again with his freedom hanging in the balance.
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