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March 6, 1986 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Slightly repentant and still the politician, former Mayor Angelo Errichetti returned to Camden yesterday after serving 32 months in a federal reformatory for a 1980 Abscam conviction. "I'm free and clear in every respect," Errichetti said yesterday afternoon, a few hours after he was released from the Federal Prison Camp in Danbury, Conn. He said he would look for work as a "financial consultant, that sort of thing. " Errichetti, 57, was one of South Jersey's most powerful political brokers before he was implicated as a key figure in the Abscam investigation.
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January 2, 1986 | By SCOTT FLANDER, Daily News Staff Writer
Five years ago, Raymond Lederer became the only congressman indicted in the Abscam case to win re-election. And though he subsequently was convicted and sent to prison, Lederer seems about to prove once again that in politics, popular support conquers all. Lederer, released from federal prison in April 1984, is expected to win election to the leadership job of the Philadelphia Democratic Party's 18th Ward in Fishtown. Members of the ward committee say Lederer will be nominated to replace Mario Driggs, the current ward leader, who will be sworn in as a Muncipal judge on Monday.
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February 17, 2014 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
Kenneth N. MacDonald - family man, civic leader, and vice chairman of the New Jersey Casino Control Commission - was an hour late for a dinner party in Haddon Township. "As soon as my dad came through the door and I saw his face, I knew something was really wrong," says Kevin MacDonald, recalling that Saturday evening in February 1980. "He sat me and my sister down, and said: 'There's going to be a story about me in the paper tomorrow. And I want you to know it's totally untrue.' " The Sunday headlines broke the news about an FBI sting in which MacDonald, a former mayor of Haddonfield and the owner of Winner Ford in Cherry Hill, had been implicated.
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March 19, 2014 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
'It was a guy thing," says Paul R. Rosen. "Not a woman near it. " The movie American Hustle is a far cry from the real Abscam sting and trials. Just ask those who were actually involved. Many are still around, and several have seen the movie. It got skunked at the Oscars, but the DVD comes out Tuesday, and it's in line for a big night at the MTV Movie Awards on April 13. "I think if there was an Amy Adams or a Jennifer Lawrence around," Rosen says, "I would have remembered.
NEWS
March 23, 2011 | By Sam Wood, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
U.S. District Judge John Fullam, who presided over such notable cases as the Abscam political-corruption probe and the landmark bankruptcy of Penn Central, said Wednesday that he planned to step down. "I plan to retire as of April 15," said Fullam, who was appointed to the federal bench by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1966. "I will no longer be taking cases," he told The Inquirer, "but I will finish up what I have on my plate. " Asked about his retirement plans, Fullam quipped: "I hope to continue to breathe.
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January 15, 1986 | By William W. Sutton Jr. and Russell Cooke, Inquirer Staff Writers
Former City Councilman Harry P. Jannotti, released in September from federal prison after serving a 4 1/2-month term for his Abscam bribery conviction, has been appointed to a $30,800-a-year City Council job. Council President Joseph E. Coleman confirmed yesterday that he had named Jannotti executive director of the Veterans Advisory Commission, a little- known agency under Council control that coordinates city veterans' observances and refers...
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September 6, 2013 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
MIKE WALD was the consummate smooth operator. How else could this undercover FBI investigator convince a bunch of shrewd Philadelphia politicians that he represented an Arab sheik willing to make payoffs to get government favors? With a video camera peeking through a hole in the wall from an adjoining room at the Barclay Hotel, politicians, including three city councilmen, two congressmen and a lawyer, were caught accepting bundles of cash. The scandal was called Abscam, and it unfolded in the late 1970s and early '80s as a carefully plotted FBI undercover sting that made lurid headlines for years.
NEWS
January 18, 1986 | By JUAN GONZALEZ, Daily News Staff Writer
City Solicitor Handsel B. Minyard ruled yesterday that the state constitution forbids former City Councilman Harry P. Jannotti from assuming the post of director of the city's Veterans Advisory Council because of his conviction for bribery in the Abscam scandal. After receiving Minyard's decision late yesterday, Council President Joseph E. Coleman, who appointed Jannotti to the $30,865-a-year post early this week, announced he was withdrawing the appointment "in spite of his (Jannotti's)
NEWS
March 10, 1987 | By HOWARD SCHNEIDER, Daily News Staff Writer
More than four years after the humiliation of Abscam drove him from City Council, Harry P. Jannotti walked into the city's election office yesterday to recapture the past. With neither the swagger of a Frank Rizzo nor the icy confidence of a Wilson Goode, the 62-year-old tavern owner and felon quietly presented the City Commission with his nominating petitions to run in the Democratic primary for the 7th District Council seat he held from 1969 to 1983. His petitions contained more than 2,600 signatures, nearly 2,000 more than needed.
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March 6, 1986 | By RON AVERY, Daily News Staff Writer
Exuding the same relaxed, dapper, confident style as when he was South Jersey's biggest political power, Angelo Errichetti returned home to Camden yesterday after serving 32 months in a federal prison. "I feel great. The past is behind me. I'm starting life over," declared the 57-year-old two-term Camden mayor and former state senator. Once considered the most powerful and popular Democrat in the southern half of the state, Errichetti was the first politician hooked by Abscam, the FBI sting that led to 19 convictions, including six congressmen and a U.S. senator.
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March 20, 2014 | By Jeff Gammage and Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writers
From the outside it looks like a slam-dunk case: four Democratic state lawmakers from Philadelphia and a city judge captured on tape as they accept money or gifts from an undercover informant. Attorney General Kathleen Kane's decision to drop the investigation deeply troubled some former prosecutors, who want to know more about how that determination was reached. But it does not surprise defense lawyers, who say even an expertly run sting can be difficult to prove. "This could be a perfectly prosecutable case - or this could be a case that should not be brought," said veteran Philadelphia defense lawyer Robert E. Welsh, who worked six years as a federal prosecutor.
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March 19, 2014 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
'It was a guy thing," says Paul R. Rosen. "Not a woman near it. " The movie American Hustle is a far cry from the real Abscam sting and trials. Just ask those who were actually involved. Many are still around, and several have seen the movie. It got skunked at the Oscars, but the DVD comes out Tuesday, and it's in line for a big night at the MTV Movie Awards on April 13. "I think if there was an Amy Adams or a Jennifer Lawrence around," Rosen says, "I would have remembered.
NEWS
February 28, 2014
IF YOU LIKE Oscar sweeps, you're not going to like this year's race. The large 2014 bounty of great movies points to another unusually competitive contest - with some uncanny echoes of last year - and virtually guarantees that no single picture will dominate the tally. Look for the awards to be spread pretty evenly over half a dozen films. The question is, who gets what? The answers: Best Picture/Director Let me boldly and definitively assert that when it comes to Best Picture, I haven't much confidence in my pick.
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February 17, 2014 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
Kenneth N. MacDonald - family man, civic leader, and vice chairman of the New Jersey Casino Control Commission - was an hour late for a dinner party in Haddon Township. "As soon as my dad came through the door and I saw his face, I knew something was really wrong," says Kevin MacDonald, recalling that Saturday evening in February 1980. "He sat me and my sister down, and said: 'There's going to be a story about me in the paper tomorrow. And I want you to know it's totally untrue.' " The Sunday headlines broke the news about an FBI sting in which MacDonald, a former mayor of Haddonfield and the owner of Winner Ford in Cherry Hill, had been implicated.
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December 20, 2013 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
IT IS THE MOST famous - and felonious - epigram in the long and storied history of Philadelphia political-corruption scandals. "Money talks, bulls--- walks," former U.S. Rep. Michael "Ozzie" Myers said while discussing a bribe with representatives of Arab sheikh Yasser Habib at a motel near Kennedy International Airport in New York in 1979. Myers, who left that meeting with $50,000 in an envelope, and 18 other government officials would soon learn they had three serious problems.
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September 6, 2013 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
MIKE WALD was the consummate smooth operator. How else could this undercover FBI investigator convince a bunch of shrewd Philadelphia politicians that he represented an Arab sheik willing to make payoffs to get government favors? With a video camera peeking through a hole in the wall from an adjoining room at the Barclay Hotel, politicians, including three city councilmen, two congressmen and a lawyer, were caught accepting bundles of cash. The scandal was called Abscam, and it unfolded in the late 1970s and early '80s as a carefully plotted FBI undercover sting that made lurid headlines for years.
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May 19, 2013 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
Angelo J. Errichetti, 84, a former Camden mayor and state senator who was South Jersey's premier Democratic power broker in the decade before his 1981 bribery conviction in the Abscam scandal, has died after a long illness. He had been living in Ventnor, N.J. During two mayoral terms, starting in 1973, he built a reputation as an unflagging booster for his hometown, where his father, a Neapolitan immigrant, stoked coal at the shipyard to feed seven children. Mr. Errichetti's efforts to revive Camden's moribund economy were said to occupy 12 hours on a typical day, yet he took on a second office simultaneously.
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July 2, 2012 | Walter Phillips was chairman of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency
The House Judiciary Committee's rejection of the most recent bill calling for the merit selection of judges caused me to reflect on our system of electing judges in Pennsylvania, and why I have chosen not to put myself through the ordeal that candidates for the state judiciary have to endure in order to take a place on the bench. It also made me think back to a swearing-in of a Common Pleas Court judge I attended in Philadelphia several months ago. The swearing-in was for a successful candidate in last fall's election, an attorney with 25 years' experience in the District Attorney's Office, someone who is bright and honest, and exercises good judgment; in other words, someone who deserves to be on the bench.
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March 4, 2012 | By Reity O'Brien and Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writers
Melvin R. "Randy" Primas Jr., 62, the first African American mayor of Camden and a prominent force for decades in the city's economic recovery efforts, died Thursday, March 1. Mr. Primas, who had bone-marrow cancer, lived in Fort Mill, S.C., at the time of his death. A member of a prominent Camden family, Mr. Primas was first elected to City Council at age 23 and was elected mayor at 31. Affable and optimistic in a city beset by crime and poverty, Mr. Primas won the support of residents and business leaders as he tried to redevelop Camden's Delaware River waterfront and restore vitality to the city's neighborhoods.
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