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Mobbed Up: The Fight for Las Vegas

Former Las Vegas mayor and famed mob defense attorney Oscar Goodman goes one-on-one with Review-Journal columnist John Katsilometes.
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Mobbed Up chronicles the rise and fall of organized crime in Las Vegas through the eyes of those who lived it: ex-mobsters, law enforcement officials, politicians and journalists. This season Las Vegas Review-Journal's longtime entertainment writer John Katsilometes introduces listeners to the life and legendary status of Oscar Goodman, the former mayor of Las Vegas and longtime criminal defense attorney. Considered by many as one of the best mob defense attorneys in the history of criminal law, Goodman built his reputation working with some of the most notorious criminals of the 20th century.

This eight-episode series is produced by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, in partnership with The Mob Museum. For more information, visit www.reviewjournal.com/mobbedup.

Longtime Review-Journal entertainment reporter John Katsilometes at Oscar’s Steakhouse at the Plaza Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, where he spent hours speaking with Oscar Goodman for Season 3 of Mobbed Up. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @rookie__rae
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