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Judge helps dapper suspect spiff up for federal murder

NEW YORK (Reuters) - An accused mob boss nicknamed "Vinny Gorgeous" became an even more dapper alleged don on Tuesday when the judge in his murder trial lent him a tie after jailers had refused him one.

Vincent Basciano is charged with murder and racketeering, crimes he allegedly committed on behalf of the Bonanno crime family in 2004, according to court documents.

Basciano, known for his sartorial style, appeared in Brooklyn Federal Court for jury selection without a tie. His discomfort was quickly assuaged by Judge Nicholas Garaufis, who lent him his own tie, said defense attorney George Goltzer.

The judge had previously allowed Basciano's family to supply him with a suit, socks and shoes for the trial, but a jail employee apparently read the order too literally and refused to permit a tie, Goltzer said.

"It's much ado about nothing now," Goltzer said. "The jail perhaps didn't accept ties but it's been resolved now. It was a simple misunderstanding with the parties that were involved."

He said the judge even suggested Basciano hold onto the tie until the end of the trial.

Jury selection continues this week with opening arguments scheduled for April 4.

(Reporting by Aman Ali; Editing by Barbara Goldberg and Jerry Norton)

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