Giovanni Falcone (Palermo, 18 May 1939 – Palermo, 23 May 1992) was an Italian prosecuting magistrate born in Palermo, Sicily. From his office in the Palace of Justice in Palermo, he spent most of his professional life trying to overthrow the power of the Mafia in Sicily. After a long and distinguished career, culminating in the famous Maxi Trial in 1986-1987, he was killed by the Corleonesi Mafia in May 1992, on the motorway near the town of Capaci.
His life parallels that of his close friend Paolo Borsellino. They both spent their early years in the same neighbourhood in Palermo. And though many of their childhood friends grew up in the Mafia background, both men fought on the other side of the war as prosecuting magistrates. They were both killed in 1992, a few months from each other. In recognition of their tireless effort and sacrifice during the anti-mafia trials, they were both awarded the Italian "Medaglia d'oro al valore civile" (Gold medal for civil valor). They were also named as heroes of the last 60 years in the November 13, 2006, issue of Time Magazine.
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... —Giovanni Falcone The Mafia is a human phenomenon and thus, like all human phenomena, it has had a beginning and an evolution, and will also have an end ... —Giovanni Falcone This is our office, these are our tools, this is our model of efficiency ... —Giovanni Falcone My life is mapped out it is my destiny to take a bullet by the Mafia some day ...
... During those years, working together with magistrates Giovanni Falcone and Rocco Chinnici, Borsellino continued his research about the Mafia and its links to political and economical powers in Sicily ... The group consisted of Falcone, Borsellino, Giuseppe Di Lello and Leonardo Guarnotta ... His links with Giovanni Falcone, who remained in Palermo, allowed him to cover the entire Western Sicily for investigations ...
... Pool, created by judge Rocco Chinnici in which the judges Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino worked as well ... state witness and started to give evidence to judge Giovanni Falcone in 1984 ... It enabled Falcone to argue that Cosa Nostra was a unified hierarchical structure ruled by a Commission and that its leaders – who normally would not dirty their hands with criminal acts – could ...
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“One usually dies because one is alone, or because one has got into something over ones head. One often dies because one does not have the right alliances, because one is not given support. In Sicily the Mafia kills the servants of the State that the State has not been able to protect.”
—Giovanni Falcone (19391992)
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not only when you go to bed
—Nikki Giovanni (b. 1943)