Some of the key players in Fumo corruption trial

Posted: October 20, 2008

Here's a who's who of the leading figures in the federal corruption trial of state Sen. Vince Fumo:

The defendants

* State Sen. Vince Fumo - First elected to state Senate in 1978, the South Philadelphia Democrat was chairman or ranking member of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee from 1985 until 2007.

The trial is his third brush with the law. He was cleared of corruption charges in 1974 and 1981.

* Ruth Arnao - Onetime deputy chief of staff to Fumo, and later executive director of Citizens Alliance for Better Neighborhoods Inc.

She is married to another close Fumo ally, Mitchell Rubin, chairman of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission.

The lawyers

* Assistant U.S. Attorney Bob Zauzmer - Co-prosecutor. He led the City Hall pay-to-play corruption case in which he won conviction in 2005 of former city treasurer Corey Kemp, now serving a 10-year prison term. He also successfully prosecuted former U.S. Rep. Edward Mezvinsky in 2002 on fraud charges.

* Assistant U.S. Attorney John Pease - Co-prosecutor. He won a conviction last year against former Independence Seaport Museum president John S. Carter on fraud and tax charges. Carter is serving a 15-year prison term.

* Dennis J. Cogan - Fumo's attorney. He's a former assistant district attorney, whom Philadelphia magazine once described as a "tenacious courtroom fighter with an instinct for the jugular."

* Edwin J. Jacobs Jr. - Arnao's attorney. Twice represented Philadelphia mob boss Joey "Skinny Joey" Merlino, winning an acquittal for Merlino in federal court in New Jersey in 2004 on conspiracy and murder charges.

The judge

* U.S. District Judge Ronald L. Buckwalter - Former district attorney and Common Pleas judge in Lancaster, appointed to the federal bench in 1989 by President George H. W. Bush.

Prosecution witnesses

* Christian Marrone - Fumo's son-in-law and former legislative aide, he is expected to be an early and key witness.

* Howard Cain - Longtime Fumo political consultant.

* Leonard Luchko and Mark Eister - Former computer aides to Fumo, initially charged with him, but pleaded guilty and cooperated with the prosecution.

* Private eye Frank Wallace - The indictment alleges that Fumo used state money to pay Wallace to spy on his ex-wife and former girlfriends.

* Dorothy Egrie-Wilcox - Former Fumo girlfriend.

Defense witnesses

* Gov. Rendell - One of a number of prominent leaders who could be called to testify to Fumo's good works.

* U.S. Reps. Bob Brady and Chaka Fattah - Longtime political leaders in Philadelphia who've worked with Fumo.

* Also on Fumo's witness list:Former Mayor W. Wilson Goode, two former state Supreme Court justices, a former federal magistrate and several current Philadelphia judges.

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