The New Jersey Supreme Court on Thursday denied a new trial to reputed mobster Martin Taccetta and reinstated his life sentence for racketeering and extortion, rejecting his claim that bad legal advice led him to reject a favorable plea deal.

The state Supreme Court reversed lower court rulings that granted Taccetta post-conviction relief on the ground that given his protestations of innocence, accepting the deal would have required him to perjure himself to provide a factual basis.

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