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In `Goodfellas' Trial, Macho Lawyers Give Way as Women Take Over

  • Vinny Asaro's lawyers are women, and so are the prosecutors
  • Men are far more likely to be lead lawyer in a criminal case

There may be nothing more macho than a mob trial: Recall Rudolph Giuliani and John Gotti, or Eliot Ness and Al Capone. Then there’s the “Goodfellas” case going on in Brooklyn, New York, against accused Bonanno crime family captain Vinny Asaro.

His lawyers are women, the prosecutors are women and the judge is a woman.