February 6, 2014 |
SALVATORE J. Avena, a highly regarded South Jersey lawyer for 63 years, specializing in personal injury and criminal cases and as a counselor to police organizations, could not shake his identification in the press as a "mob lawyer. " "It's unfair," said Richard L. Friedman, his partner in a Camden law firm. "I'd say over the years no more than 3 percent of his practice involved mobsters. " But Avena's legal representation of leaders of the Philadelphia-South Jersey organized crime family and his own indictment in 1996 on racketeering and related charges branded him as the lawyer for the mob. And then there was the fact that Avena's father, John "Big Nose" Avena, was a mob boss murdered by rival gang members on Aug. 18, 1936, leading some to a like-father-like-son conclusion.
May 29, 2013
HERE ARE FOUR of A. Charles Peruto Jr.'s big (mob) hits: 1983: Defending Joseph Pedulla, one of two men convicted of shooting mobster Salvatore Testa - and a prime suspect in the murder of Angelo Bruno - Peruto says, "It's obvious that federal authorities are looking into the Bruno murder, but it's just as obvious that Joe Pedulla would have nothing to do with killing Angelo Bruno. " 1984: Pedulla, a former enforcer for mobster Harry "The Hunchback" Riccobene, turns police informant and dismisses Peruto as his attorney in a mob-hit case, citing a conflict of interest because Peruto also represented Riccobene in a gun-possession case.
January 30, 2012
SURE, BULLETS were flying in the barroom at Dante & Luigi's on Halloween night in 1989, when a masked man pulled a gun out of his trick-or-treat bag and starting pumping round after round into Nicodemo Scarfo Jr., son of the former Philadelphia mob boss. Before that, the Italian restaurant at 10th and Catharine streets was a hangout for Angelo Bruno, the mob boss who was killed outside his Snyder Avenue home in 1980 by a hitman with a shotgun. You'll still see a wiseguy having dinner there from time to time.
December 26, 2010 |
Reputed Philadelphia mob boss Joseph "Uncle Joe" Ligambi celebrated the holidays in comfort this year, despite persistent rumors that he and members of his organization were about to be indicted on federal racketeering charges. Authorities say Ligambi, 71, remains the target of a probe, but they would not comment on what has held up the potential indictment. "It's not if, but when," said a frustrated law enforcement source familiar with the case, which has been in the works for at least three years.
June 4, 2010 |
PHILADELPHIA - Wanna live like an old-school Philly gangster? Take out a mortgage on 934 Snyder Ave. But try to avoid the fate of a prior owner, former mob boss Angelo Bruno, who was killed by a shotgun blast to his head in 1980 while sitting in a car parked out front. "Everytime I come out of this house, I see the very spot where he was killed," said Bruno's daughter, Jean, who lives in the three-bedroom end rowhouse in South Philadelphia. The Snyder Avenue house, the first home Angelo Bruno bought, has been in the family since the 1950s.
July 18, 2007 |
Susan Bruno, the widow of slain Philadelphia mob boss Angelo Bruno, died Tuesday at home after a long illness. Mrs. Bruno, who was believed to be in her 90s, was living with her daughter-in-law, Zaira Bruno, in South Philadelphia at the time of her death. Radio personality Jerry Blavat, a longtime friend of the family, described Susan Bruno as a gentle, unassuming woman who loved to cook and who took great pride in her family. "She and my mother were great friends," Blavat said yesterday.
July 12, 2007 |
Robert F. Simone, 73, a quintessential Philadelphia criminal-defense lawyer whose client list was a cross between Guys and Dolls and Goodfellas, died Tuesday night at Hahnemann University Hospital after a long illness. Mr. Simone was a tenacious defender whose courtroom style was that of a counter-puncher. Quick on his feet and a master at cross-examination, he could often say more to a jury with a grimace, squint or shrug than another lawyer could convey in a two-hour summation.
April 7, 2007 |
The 47 bus moves slowly north on Ninth Street through the Italian Market, almost nudging the outdoor stands, avoiding people carrying shopping bags of peppers and pasta and coming oh-so-close to the trash cans filled with the refuse of the day. Philly Mob is not nearly as careful, careening into the legs of the organized-crime world of South Philadelphia, looking closely at the body, and then conducting a viewing so all can see what happened....
July 19, 2002
Regrets, we've had a few . . . Welcome back to our weekly feature highlighting our less- than-brilliant moments. Today's Daily News Regret dates back to Jan. 9, 1970. Around that time, recent federal investigations had raised suspicions of prevalent Mafia activity in North Jersey. The Daily News Editorial Board, spectacular soothsayers that they were, assured readers that they were safe from the long arm of the Mob: The corruption in North Jersey stemming from the rackets has long been talked about.
July 5, 2000 |
A Mass of Christian Burial was to be celebrated today for Michael A. Bruno, son of the late crime boss Angelo Bruno, at St. Monica's Catholic Church at 17th and Ritner streets. Michael Bruno, a lover of classical music who was devoted to his family, died Saturday. He was 67. The son of Angelo and Susan Bruno never became a "made" member of La Cosa Nostra, according to authorities. Born in Philadelphia in 1932, the young Bruno attended public schools and graduated from Southern High.