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LEADERS OF NEW YORK CRIME FAMILIES DECIDE TO OUST GOTTI, PAPER REPORTS

Gambino family crime boss John Gotti, who reportedly has continued ruling the Mafia gang from jail, could be out of a job, the New York Times reported Saturday.

City and federal prosecutors and investigators told the Times leaders of New York's other crime families decided Gotti must go.

"The commission (of crime family bosses) has decided that Gotti has no chance of winning an appeal and getting a new trial," a senior state prosecutor told the paper.

Gotti was convicted of federal murder and racketeering charges in 1992. He reportedly continues to run the Gambino crime family from a maximum security prison in Illinois.

The New York region's Mafia gangs are made up of the Gambino, Genovese, Lucchese, Colombo and Bonanno families. The bosses of the five families make up the commission, which resolves major disputes between families and oversees the sharing of proceeds of their joint enterprises, the Times said.

Gotti, who turns 55 today, is serving a life sentence without the chance of parole. All his appeals for a new trial have been denied.

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