Barry I. Slotnick, chairman of the New York Litigation Group at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, was interviewed for CNN American Morning and New York's WABC-TV Channel 7 on January 20, 2011. Additionally, he was quoted in a January 21, 2011, Wall Street Journal article. On both the television appearances and in the Wall Street Journal article, Slotnick discussed the arrest of 127 reputed members of New York Mafia families.
"I've tried those cases," Slotnick told CNN, regarding the Department of Justice's indictments of the alleged mob members. "And I've watched the juries come back and say, 'not guilty, not guilty, not guilty, not guilty'. It's not an easy case to try."
Slotnick reiterated his point, telling Channel 7's Stacey Stager, he is "very curious to see what happens at trial," as a press conference, like the one called by the Justice Department to announce the sweep, is a far cry from conviction. "In fact, maybe I'll be there and see what the jury says. It may be two words: not guilty."
He further explained his skepticism to the Wall Street Journal. As the article notes, several convictions — including that of John Gotti in 1992— have supposedly signaled the end of mob influence in New York.
"Have I been getting wrong information then or now?" Slotnick asked.