Rudolph Giuliani (excerpt)- by Sam Pittaro
In 1974 Giuliani enhanced his reputation as an expert prosecutor during a bribery trial in which he cross-examined Bertram T. Podell, a Democratic congressman from Brooklyn. His volley of questions was delivered with such intense precision that it made Podell so nervous he broke his eyeglasses, asked for a recess and then, later, pleaded guilty....
Giuliani then orchestrated a second major case against organized crime, which later became dubbed in the media as the "Pizza Connection." In many ways, this was the realization of efforts to legally link organized crime and drugs by charging the New York Bonanno crime family with conspiring with the Sicilian Mafia to distribute drugs from coast to coast through pizza parlors.
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