America at Large: Golf needs to show its hand when it comes to Mickelson’s gambling

The recent unsealing of a transcript from a 2007 court case shone further light on Lefty

 Phil Mickelson and Jon Rahm play a practice round together at Royal St George’s on Wednesday ahead of the British Open. Photograph:  Andy Buchanan/AFP via Getty Images

Phil Mickelson and Jon Rahm play a practice round together at Royal St George’s on Wednesday ahead of the British Open. Photograph: Andy Buchanan/AFP via Getty Images

The federal government was trying to pin an extortion and racketeering charge on Jackie “The Kid” Giacalone, a made man with an inalienable pedigree. Jimmy Hoffa had been on his way to a lunch meeting with Giacalone’s uncle “Tony Jack” the day he was so permanently disappeared.

As a witness, prosecutors called “Dandy Don” DeSerrano, a bookie from Grosse Pointe who had been caught fixing poker games at an underground casino run by Giacalone and the “Detroit Partnership”. During cross-examination, defence attorney Neil Fink sought to discredit any potentially incriminating DeSerrano evidence by bringing up his dealings with Phil Mickelson in the 1990s.

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