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Wisconsin Supreme Court denies John Balistrieri law license

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The State Supreme Court said no Tuesday to letting a son of former Milwaukee organized crime boss Frank Balistrieri practice law.

John Balistrieri lost his state law license after he was convicted in the mid-1980's of extortion. He and his brother Joseph each spent 5 years in prison for their roles in organized crime that involved Milwaukee's vending machine business.

John Balistrieri was released from a federal prison in 1989, and today marked the second time that a request was rejected for getting his law license back.

In an unsigned opinion, the justices said it was "not averse" to giving Balistrieri a second chance -- but he has not accepted responsibility for his actions.

The court noted that when he first tried getting his law license back in 1995, he blamed a rejection on the court being biased against him due to his Italian descent.

His brother Joseph Balistrieri died in 2010, and their father Frank passed away in 1993.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)