Dear reader, if ever you happen to be prosecuted for racketeering, just hope that Armen Keteyian of CBS is not sitting in the jury. Instead of fair reporting on the FBI's arrest of almost 60 suspects in its investigation into the Gambino organized crime family, Keteyian played the role of a public relations flack for federal prosecutors.
On NBC, Jonathan Dienst listed the "alleged" crimes; Keteyian called them "a litany of all-too-familiar mob-related offenses--murder, assault, racketeering, extortion, robbery loansharking and rug distribution."
Dienst said the arrests included "reputed" leaders of the family, the "acting boss, under boss and consigliere;" Keteyian flat out asserted that those arrested were Gambino "members or associates…including the top three bosses."
Dienst noted that all those arrested were "pleading not guilty;" Keteyian made no mention of any defense case.
Keteyian, it seems, has no notion of the presumption of innocence or the prosecution's burden of proof.
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