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Daniel Vile, the police detective who, with the FBI, did a major study on alleged corruption by Little Italy powerhouse Marco Li Mandri and felon Paul (Joe) Mannino, in a deposition April 8 testified that he "vaguely" recalled a Mannino threat against Scott Kessler and his family. Kessler is suing the city for wrongful termination. He says he was fired by the city administration because he cooperated with the FBI and the police detective on their study of Li Mandri and Mannino. (Vile testified that the study took much of his time over two years.) Mannino was indicted on drug, firearms and racketeering charges in New York in 1980, was convicted and went to prison. FBI documents suggest that he was a member of the New York Genovese crime family. He met Li Mandri in 2000.

In the deposition, Kessler's lawyer, Josh Gruenberg, asks Vile, "Do you recall finding a document that constituted a threat against Mr. Kessler and his family?" Vile said he did not recall. Gruenberg reworded the query: "Does that sound failiar that there was a threat against Scott and his family, his kids, that you found in Mannino's office?" Vile said, "I have a vague recollection of seeing something like that."

Vile also said he had heard an accusation that Mannino used a false Social Security number. Vile said in the deposition that the case "should have been prosecuted." District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis did not prosecute and went to Mayor Jerry Sanders to tell him so. But repeatedly in the deposition, Vile said he did not recall or did not know key details of the case -- say, whether politics or the mayor entered into the decision not to prosecute, or whether he was warned by his superiors not to cooperate with Kessler. Vile said that after the case was turned down by the DA, he was told by a superior not to talk with Kessler.

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Vile said in the deposition that the case "should have been prosecuted." District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis did not prosecute and went to Mayor Jerry Sanders to tell him so.

The Mayor's office should have NO say in this case, and why BD went to the Mayor tell perosnally tell him is a question jurors will want answered.

Vile said that after the case was turned down by the DA, he was told by a superior not to talk with Kessler.

Jurors won't like this.

Don, how old is this mafioso guy Paul Joe Mannino? And does San Diego have any organized crime today??

I remember about 20 years ago some wiseguys with marginal connections to the Chicago "outfit" were trying to infiltrate the then just starting Indian casino/s. Their attempts to get their foot in the door were described as amatuerish more than organized though.

Dec. 30, 2010

Oh sure, there is organized crime in San Diego, and not just in Little Italy and the Indian casinos. Look at all the laundered money that pours in here from Mexico. Those drug cartels are quintessential organized crime. And the laundered money goes into so-called reputable businesses, just as it always has in U.S. cities. Best, Don Bauder

Dec. 30, 2010

""Detective "Vaguely" Recalls ""

Any detective that knows his craft would have taken notes.

the location of the notes vague also?

Dec. 31, 2010

The FBI agent and Vile spent much of two years on the case. Vile's lack of memory in his deposition is, to be gentle, remarkable. Best, Don Bauder

Dec. 31, 2010

The FBI agent and Vile spent much of two years on the case. Vile's lack of memory in his deposition is, to be gentle, remarkable. Best

Cops do it all the time-they are actually trained to do that. Until you start procesuting them for fraud and perjury it will continue.

Plausible deniability is what Clinton (or some politician) called it.

Dec. 31, 2010

It certainly looked like Vile had been carefully coached. Best, Don Bauder

Dec. 31, 2010

Any detective that knows his craft would have taken notes.

===================== A death threat against a gov employee would be impossible for ANY legit cop to not remember or take note of-virtually impossible.

Dec. 31, 2010

One would certainly think a police detective who had worked on the case a better part of two years would more than "vaguely" recall such a threat against a public employee. Best, Don Bauder

Jan. 3, 2011

I am curious if statements made in both the mayoral and the above depositions resulted in additional depositions being taken afterward, around the time that City of San Diego requested additional discovery time. I don't need to know anything more than that, as that would tell me that defendant City will have sought the kind of supporting documentation to justify what I see coming as a seven or even eight-figure settlement to avoid trial. I can't imagine that anybody with a legal mind will allow any sort of personal exposure to liability in this mess but would definitely want to appear duly diligent here... even to the point of discovering the truth of parties still undisclosed but possibly necessary for inclusion at trial as implicated under oath.

Dec. 31, 2010

I am pretty sure there was only one deposition of the mayor. My guess is that Vile was only deposed once, too. Best, Don Bauder

Dec. 31, 2010

Oh sure, there is organized crime in San Diego, and not just in Little Italy and the Indian casinos. Look at all the laundered money that pours in here from Mexico. Those drug cartels are quintessential organized crime. And the laundered money goes into so-called reputable businesses, just as it always has in U.S. cities.


there's our problem...us regular peeps stopped taking in laundry...hahahahahahahaha ;-D

Happy New Year Don ;-D

Jan. 2, 2011

Set up an account in Liechtenstein, the Cook Islands, or the Isle of Man, Nan, and stay rich. Best, Don Bauder

Jan. 2, 2011

I just googled how to set up a bank account in one of those places, interesting stuff.

I don't know if Liechtenstein is the best place anymore, they sound like they have revamped their banking laws, but Austria looks good, and certain banks in Switzerland (NOT USB!!!)

Jan. 2, 2011

what's wrong w USB?

Jan. 3, 2011

UBS just rolled over on all their US clients who were using their services for their secrecy laws.

Jan. 3, 2011

Switzerland has tightened up in the last several decades. It wants to improve its reputation. Cook Islands are quite loose, and so far away and inaccessible that U.S. law enforcement is loath to shell out the money to get there. You can buy books that explain the advantages and disadvantages of these offshore secrecy/tax havens. Best, Don Bauder

Jan. 2, 2011

Set up an account in Liechtenstein, the Cook Islands, or the Isle of Man, Nan, and stay rich. Best, Don Bauder


first i gotta get rich cutie ;-D

Jan. 2, 2011

Nan, you're young and beautiful. You should be able to land a sugar daddy and then stash his loot offshore while he is not looking. Best, Don Bauder

Jan. 2, 2011

Nan, you're young and beautiful.

And buffed! Nan has arms that are in better shape than mine.........

Jan. 2, 2011

Arms? Never noticed that. I have been concentrating on pulchritude elsewhere on the form. Best, Don Bauder

Jan. 3, 2011

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