Joey Merlino, Alleged Boss of Philadelphia Mafia, Suffers Chest Pains and Is Hospitalized; Manhattan Trial Postponed

Picked the wrong week to get sick. Still feeling this goddamn bug, but want to catch up on the many breaking news items that of course happened this past week....

A federal judge has postponed the coming week's trial in Manhattan of Joseph (Skinny Joey) Merlino, 55, after the alleged boss of the Philadelphia Cosa Nostra was hospitalized for chest pains.

Joseph (Skinny Joey) Merlino, 55,smokes a cigarette
Skinny Joey had chest pains and his trial was put on hold.

Merlino was admitted to a Florida hospital for two heart blockages. He was reportedly suffering from chest pains, shortness of breath and spasms.

The hospital performed a catheterization on him.

The Mayo Clinic notes the procedure is "used to diagnose and treat cardiovascular conditions. During cardiac catheterization, a long thin tube called a catheter is inserted into an artery or vein in your groin, neck or arm and threaded through your blood vessels to your heart.Using this catheter, doctors can then do diagnostic tests as part of a cardiac catheterization."

Merlino was supposed to head to trial here next Tuesday, but the case has now been put off until Jan. 22.

Merlino goes to trial in Federal court in Manhattan for allegedly participating in what the Feds called the East Coast LCN Enterprise. It was reportedly engaged in gambling, loansharking, and health care fraud, including sales of pain-killing skin cream, among other things.

The glory days of Cosa Nostra may be over, but back in August of 2016, 46 alleged wiseguys (capos, soldiers, associates--and Merlino, alleged Philadelphia boss) were arrested and accused of belonging to an organized crime network that committed a "multitude of criminal activities throughout the East Coast," from Springfield, Mass., to South Florida.

The criminal entity was comprised of mobsters from the Genovese, Gambino, Luchese, and Bonanno crime families. Wrote all about this here.

Merlino has been free on $5 million bond.