K. Mennem 7:17 p.m., June 17
Channel 10 Airs Mayor's Deposition in Crime Case Tonight
Tonight (Nov. 10) at 11 p.m., Channel 10 will air videotape portions of the deposition of Mayor Jerry Sanders in the Kessler vs. San Diego case. On Oct. 19, Superior Court Judge John S. Meyer turned down the City's attempt to block the airing of the videotape. That's why Channel 10 is promoting the video that Sanders's "lawyers did not want you to see." Kessler says that he was fired by the City after cooperating with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and a San Diego police detective in an exhaustive study of alleged corruption by Little Italy powerhouse Marco Li Mandri and his friend, felon Paul (Joe) Mannino, who was convicted in the early 1980s of violation of federal drug, firearms, and racketeering laws, and went to prison. Civic activist Mel Shapiro under the Freedom of Information Act sought more information from the FBI. The initials used for the New York investigation were OC/DI. Former FBI officials say that means "organized crime/drug investigation." Another line said "LCN-Genovese." The former FBI officials say that LCN stands for La Cosa Nostra, or Mafia, and Genovese stands for New York's Genovese crime family, one of the nation's largest. Although the FBI/police report on Li Mandri and Mannino was thoroughly researched, District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis did not prosecute the case.