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The Last Mouthpiece: The Man Who Dared to Defend the Mob

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During the 1960s and '70s, if you were in Philadelphia and in trouble with the law the word on the street was: "All you have to do is hire Bobby Simone and you will win."
And win he did.

With a reputation as the best "cross and close" criminal lawyer anywhere and a track record to match, Simone began attracting not only Philadelphia's most talked-about citizens as clients, but people in legal jams all over ...
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Overview

During the 1960s and '70s, if you were in Philadelphia and in trouble with the law the word on the street was: "All you have to do is hire Bobby Simone and you will win."
And win he did.

With a reputation as the best "cross and close" criminal lawyer anywhere and a track record to match, Simone began attracting not only Philadelphia's most talked-about citizens as clients, but people in legal jams all over the country. From the glamorous and infamous Lillian Reis to then reputed mob boss Angelo Bruno, and eventually to his most notorious client ever--alleged La Cosa Nostra head Nicky Scarfo--Simone delivered the acquittals, the reversals, and the "Get Out of Jail Free" cards.

But along the way, he would learn a fact that would turn the rest of his 35-year career into a walk through a minefield: The government is a sore loser. Whether you decide you love Bobby Simone or hate him, his is one unforgettable story.
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Library Journal
Simone, a convicted and disbarred attorney known for his success in representing Philadelphia organized-crime figures, pens his fascinating memoirs. He is proud to have been a "mouthpiece" for the mob, believing that everyone is entitled to a fair trial. Blunt and funny, Simone recounts how he scraped through law school while betting on horses and sports. After winning a high-profile burglary acquittal for a bar hostess, he attracted the attention of the Philadelphia Mafia. The Mafia lent him money but told him to stop gambling. Simone describes his many winning cases, including his own prosecutions in tax and perjury cases. He is out to settle scores with those who wronged him and names prosecutors and agents who "free more criminals than all the best defense lawyers in the country." He argues that the government should not use informants because they are inherently untrustworthy. Simone prefers the "stand up" former clients who are in prison. The author was convicted of extorting money from drug dealers for the Mob but is attempting to practice law again. The verdict on this book? What Simone has to say about the use of informants should be taken seriously, but ultimately this is a one-sided, juicy rant against the criminal justice system today by an ex-Mafia mouthpiece and, in that regard, enjoyable reading. Recommended for public libraries. Harry Charles, Attorney at Law, St. Louis Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
Simone, a convicted and [temporarily] disbarred attorney known for his success in representing Philadelphia organized-crime figures, pens his fascinating memoirs. He is proud to have been a "mouthpiece" for the mob, believing that everyone is entitled to a fair trial. Blunt and funny, Simone recounts how he scraped through law school while betting on horses and sports. After winning a high-profile burglary acquittal for a bar hostess, he attracted the attention of the Philadelphia Mafia. The Maf
Publishers Weekly
The two-fisted title notwithstanding, "Bobby" Simone sees himself not as a "mob lawyer," but in the quasi-libertarian role of a man who spent decades defending the shunned and despised, earning himself the enmity of the federal government, with which he sparred for years, until the feds finally convicted him in 1992 for racketeering (he served several years and is not currently a licensed attorney). Simone's dense, unmediated narrative is best in its early sections, where he describes how his de
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780940159693
  • Publisher: Camino Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/2001
  • Pages: 340
  • Sales rank: 737,212
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert F. Simone was known for winning a string of difficult cases for clients that included members of Philadelphia's organized-crime family.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2001

    Mafia Mouthpiece Strikes A Nerve

    Former and present? mafia mouthpiece Simone,gets his say on the System. His style of writing has passion and his experiences with the American Legal System from both sides of the cell tell a compelling story about the inside view, the inside reality of another aspect of Mafia life. A quick read that moved me to want to know what what going to ooze out next. This is a gritty book from a guy whose been there and has the dirt under his nails to show it. You know your not going to be able to avoid reading this book, so quit agonizing over whethter you should read it or not.It's about the mob and who isn't interested in the mob. Best of all its not fiction and had an edge to it that fiction doesn't. I guess you could say I liked this book and want to know more about the characters you can only find in the Mob.

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