Reputed mob boss John Gotti remained in jail Monday to give U.S. District Judge I. Leo Glasser time to decide whether the prosecution's secretly recorded tapes will be played in open court.
Six tapes from devices planted in Gotti's Manhattan hangout, the Ravenite Social Club, will show he is a threat and should be held without bail until trial, prosecutors said. Assistant U.S. Attorney John Gleeson was to play them at Monday's bail hearing for Gotti and two codefendants, but after defense lawyers objected, Glasser deferred the matter until Friday.
Meanwhile, the Police Department said William J. Peist, 43, of Brooklyn, a veteran detective in the Intelligence Division, is the "public official" mentioned in the Gotti indictment as allegedly being paid at least $10,000 by Gotti for tipping mobsters that police had bugged a construction company's office. The charge is against Gotti, not the detective, who was stripped of his shield and guns and placed on desk duty after he "refused to extend any cooperation," to FBI officials.