Convictions Reinstated Against NYC 'Mafia Cops'
NEW YORK (AP) -- A federal appeals court Wednesday reinstated a jury verdict against
two former police detectives who were convicted of moonlighting as gangsters and carrying out a series of hits for the mob. In April 2006, a jury in
Brooklyn concluded that the so-called Mafia Cops were responsible for eight murders, kidnapping and other crimes. It agreed with the government that
the pair led double lives, working for the New York Police Department and Luchese crime family underboss Anthony ``Gaspipe'' Casso. The trial
laid bare one of the worst cases of corruption in the history of the NYPD. Prosecutors said they were paid $65,000 for the slaying of a mobster during
a phony traffic stop while providing Casso inside information of law enforcment investigations of the mob, among numerous other misdeeds. Eppolito,
whose father was a member of the Gambino crime family, retired from the NYPD in 1990. He played a bit part in Martin Scorsese's 1990 mob drama,
``GoodFellas,'' and launched an unsuccessful career as a screenwriter. Caracappa retired in 1992 after establishing the police department's
unit for mob murder investigations.