Salvatore J. Avena, 87, of Cinnaminson, the Camden lawyer whose association with ex-Philadelphia mob boss John Stanfa led to his own indictment - and acquittal - on racketeering charges, died Monday, Feb. 3.
Edwin Jacobs Jr., an Atlantic County criminal defense lawyer who worked for and won Mr. Avena's acquittal in federal court in Philadelphia in 1996, on Tuesday night confirmed Mr. Avena's death at his home after a long illness.
"There was only one Sal," Jacobs said. "He was bigger than life; a hard-hitting, tough, old-time lawyer who gave as good as he got."
Jacobs said Mr. Avena maintained his Camden law practice long after the 1996 federal trial, closing it only last year: "He still represented some old clients. He just never gave it up."