LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - An upcoming memoir from one of America’s most celebrated criminal defense attorneys and former Las Vegas mayor, Oscar Goodman, provides an inside look at some of the boxing world’s greatest characters and their legal battles.
Being Oscar: From Mob Lawyer to Mayor of Las Vegas, Only in America (Weinstein Books), which will hit stores on May 21, gives a firsthand account of Oscar’s work and personal relationships with boxing legends including Larry Holmes, Frans “The White Buffalo” Botha, Joe Louis, Mike Tyson as well as the legendary promoter, Don King.
In a chapter titled, “Heavyweights I Have Known,” Oscar describes such incidents as:
*Oscar receiving an urgent 2am phone call from Don King and Larry Holmes. They needed Oscar to rush out to meet them in a hotel/casino, where he drew up an agreement on a napkin and had them sign it right there.
*Mike Tyson hired Oscar to defend him after Iron Mike famously bit off a piece of Evander Holyfield’s ear
*Oscar foiled then-U.S. Attorney Rudy Giuliani’s attempt to get Larry Holmes to testify in Don King’s fraud investigation
*Joe Louis’ presence at a trial helped Oscar’s client get a reduced sentence because the judge was a huge fan of the boxer who asked Oscar to get him an autograph
*Oscar helped Frans Botha beat a steroids charge and keep his heavyweight title
“I’d been a boxing fan since I was a kid in Philadelphia,” says Oscar. “One of my earliest memories is watching a boxing match between Jersey Joe Walcott and Rocky Marciano. So I found it both fascinating and rewarding to work with some of the greats of the sport.”
In Being Oscar, Oscar Goodman recounts the stories and cases of his epic life. Written with co-author George Anastasia, one of the most respected crime reporters in the country, Oscar candidly reveals never-before-disclosed details of his 35 years of service to a Who’s Who of mob bosses such as Meyer Lanksy, and Anthony “Tony the Ant” Spilotro in Vegas, Nick Civella, Vinny Ferrara and Phil Leonetti. Being Oscar takes the reader on a tour through organized crime’s inner sanctum and into the courtroom, where Oscar argued cases about government wiretapping, an impeachment of a federal judge before the United States Senate, a drug dealer charged with assassinating a federal judge, and the infamous “Black Book,” an exclusion list that banned targeted individuals from entry into the casinos. And while he represented some of the most notorious mobsters in the country, Oscar says it was “the guys in white hats” who were the ones he saw breaking the law in almost every case.
Being Oscar also follows Oscar’s three terms as mayor of Sin City, detailing his revitalization of the downtown district and also his many outlandish media battles and political tussles.
Being Oscar will hit bookstores and online outlets this May 21.