/Suspect in mob boss death was influenced by right-wing conspiracy theories, lawyer says

Suspect in mob boss death was influenced by right-wing conspiracy theories, lawyer says

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Anthony Comello, the man accused of killing reputed mob boss Francesco Cali, agreed to be returned to New York to face charges there.
Thomas P. Costello and Kathleen Hopkins, USA Today Network New Jersey

The lawyer for the man accused of killing a reputed mob boss says he was influenced by right-wing hate speech and conspiracy theories, according to a report

Anthony Comello was formally charged in New York yesterday for the killing of Frank Cali, the alleged boss of the Gambino crime family in Staten Island. He was caught by police in Brick on March 16. 

Comello’s lawyer Robert Gottlieb spoke to reporters yesterday, according to reports, and said that his client is not guilty and that what happened was “directly related to the hate that people are bombarded with every day on the internet.”

On March 18, Comello appeared in court in Toms River and appeared to have slogans like  “MAGA Forever” and “United We Stand MAGA” written on his hands, an apparent reference to President Donald Trump’s campaign slogan “Make America Great Again.” 

Gottlieb suggested that Comello had picked up “signals” from right-wing conspiracy theory websites and even from the White House, according to reports

So far, authorities have not said why Comello killed Cali, although it has been rumored that it had to do with a romantic affair he was having with one of Cali’s relatives.

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