Find Me Guilty

Find Me Guilty is a 2006 comedy-drama based on the longest Mafia trial in American history. Mobster Giacomo "Jackie" DiNorscio (played by Vin Diesel) faces a series of charges even though he has a prior 30 year conviction, but he decides to stand trial instead of ratting out his family and associates. A wrench is thrown into the system when DiNorscio attempts to defend himself and act as his own lawyer at trial. It was directed by Sidney Lumet, and also stars Peter Dinklage and Linus Roache.

Vin Diesel as Jackie DiNorscio
Peter Dinklage as Ben Klandis
Richard Portnow as Max Novardis
Alex Rocco as Nick Calabrese
Linus Roache as Sean Kierney
Ron Silver as Judge Finestein

The movie had very poor box office performance; on its first weekend, it grossed only $608,804 (439 theaters, averaging $1,386 per theater). It grossed $1,173,643 in the domestic market, and $1,457,700 overseas, for a total of $2,631,343. The film's budget was 13 million dollars, and it was considered a box office bomb, despite gaining critical acclaim.

In August 1985, authorities in New Jersey indicted Anthony Accetturo, Martin and Michael Taccetta, and eighteen of the men who ran the New Jersey faction of the New York based Lucchese crime family. It was the first time in New Jersey history that an entire organized crime family had been indicted in one prosecution. However, this crime family proved to be only a faction of the Lucchese crime family, only operating in New Jersey. But due to the crew's membership and 20 defendants, US law enforcement recognized the crew as its own crime family.

The case went to trial in November 1986, based on a 65-page indictment. It started in March 1987 at the federal courthouse in Newark. It ended on August 26, 1988. The U.S. Clerk’s Office in Newark confirmed that officially The United States v. Anthony Accetturo et al was the longest criminal case on record in the federal courts of the nation.

The jury found a verdict of not guilty in favor of all the defendants. The trial followed a ten year investigation and generated 240 volumes and 850 exhibits of evidence. It cost taxpayers millions of dollars, and was the result of a 76 count RICO indictment, yet it became the longest in history—and worse, it failed.

Years later, Judge Harold Ackerman, the presiding judge said: "Too much was charged against too many, which took too long and resulted in jury nullification."

However, Anthony Accetturo, the boss of the Jersey Crew, later turned state's evidence and confirmed that the jury had been rigged.

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