“It all seemed so clear-cut, pardon the expression. That is, until Joseph Tacopina got up, on behalf of his hulking client. Tacopina’s the kind of lawyer who makes you want to get into trouble so he can defend you.
With his custom-made suits, expensive haircuts and very expensive watches, the soft-spoken Brooklynite has been the go-to guy for everyone from Foxy Brown to former Police Commissioners. He got Sticky Fingaz cleared of gun charges, and got Lillo Brancato off on a murder rap in a cop killing, convincing jurors the actor was guilty only of burglary.
A legal magician, he represented a descendant of Harry Houdini in his effort to exhume his ancestor’s body.”