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HBO's upcoming 'House Arrest' mob reality show upsets authorities

UPI News Service, 11/11/2005 

An HBO reality show starring a reputed mobster is generating more than just watercooler talk among federal law officials.

In fact, the New York Post reported Friday authorities want the plug pulled on "House Arrest," which follows Chris Colombo on some unsavory outings when he is supposed to be on family outings or running errands.

Colombo, 44, the son of slain mob boss Joseph Colombo, is on home confinement while he's out on bail for federal racketeering charges.

A judge recently granted his request that he be allowed to leave his house between the hours of 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. -- but the U.S. Attorney's office said they were unaware of the HBO show when the deal was made.

The show "makes a mockery of Colombo's conditions of release" and "severely undermines the authority of the court," Assistant U.S. Attorney Benjamin Lawsky said in a letter to New York Federal Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald, asking her to put Colombo back on strict home confinement.

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