updated 11/4/2009 8:43:00 PM ET 2009-11-05T01:43:00

John "Junior" Gotti's mother unleashed a profanity-laced tirade at her son's New York racketeering trial after a judge dismissed two jurors.

She accused the government on Wednesday of trying to do to her son what it did to her husband, John Gotti Sr. The elder Gotti was convicted of racketeering in 1991 and died in prison in 2002.

As his mother screamed out obscenities, calling those prosecuting her son "the gangsters," Gotti tried to calm her, saying he would be OK.

The judge knocked two jurors off the jury after one of them complained about the other, saying she acted so childlike she wanted to spank her.

Mrs. Gotti was still shouting as her family and court security officers ushered her out of court.

Closing arguments are expected next week in the trial.

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