Over the years, cronies of John A. "Junior" Gotti have said they resented the fact Gotti's family - notably his writer sister Victoria - have gotten a lot of publicity and appeared on television.
The Gotti-inspired media industry, they said, seemed contrary to the tradition of mob members and relatives avoiding publicity.
Now Gotti, son of late Gambino crime boss John Gotti and a former mob captain, is revving up his own media blitz.
D'Aiuto worked behind the scenes for the defense in Gotti's various federal trials, all four of which resulted in mistrials, and the two men bonded, Carnesi said. D'Aiuto didn't immediately return calls for comment.
After the latest charges against Gotti resulted in a mistrial late last year, federal prosecutors in Manhattan decided to drop their racketeering indictment. Gotti has admitted he was in the mob, but said that he dropped out years ago.