Reputed Chicago mobster claims abuse in NC federal prison

The Associated PressJanuary 21, 2014 

— Reputed Chicago mob boss Joseph "Joey the Clown" Lombardo's attorneys have filed court papers claiming he was abused in a North Carolina federal prison.

The 84-year-old Lombardo was sentenced to life in prison in 2009 after being convicted in the 2007 landmark Operation Family Secrets trial. His attorneys claim he suffered from "elder abuse" when his access to mail, phone and visitors was restricted last April. Lombardo's Dec. 23 motion says there was no reason to justify the measures taken against him.

Lombardo is held at the federal prison medical facility in Butner, N.C.

The government replied on Friday, requesting Lombardo's motion be dismissed because it should have been filed in North Carolina. The government also argues that Lombardo can't go to court until he goes through all administrative remedies.

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