March 26, 1987 |
Mayor Goode is expected to testify at some point in the federal extortion trial of City Councilman Leland M. Beloff and his top aide, Robert Rego. Goode has been subpoenaed as a witness by the federal government. Beloff's attorney, Oscar B. Goodman, said yesterday that Goode would testify that Beloff's real motivation for tying up the Penn's Landing project was not to shake down Willard G. Rouse 3rd, but to get Council to approve construction of a wall behind Rego's home. Goodman said the mayor would be heard in a taped telephone conversation discussing the project's delay with Beloff.
April 6, 1987 |
A federal jury resumed deliberations this morning in the extortion trial of City Councilman Leland M. Beloff and his top aide, Robert Rego. The jury of seven women and five men deliberated for two hours on Friday before asking Chief U.S. District Judge John P. Fullam to allow them to go home. Beloff, 44, and Rego, 42, both of South Philadelphia, are charged with seven extortion-related charges. Specifically, they are accused in one count of conspiring with reputed organized-crime boss Nicodemo "Little Nicky" Scarfo and alleged mob soldiers Charles "Charlie White" Iannece and Nicholas "Nicky Crow" Caramandi from late 1984 to October 1986, to shake down city developers in exchange for Beloff's support of development-related legislation in City Council.
July 11, 1987 |
As I followed the seemingly endless semantic contortions of Philadelphia City Councilman Leland Beloff at his two recent trials, I found myself thinking of a scene from the British television series, Upstairs, Downstairs. When Sarah, the feisty maid, is caught stealing from the pantry, her fellow servants decide to call the police. Sarah is dumbfounded; after all, she says she's promised to make restitution. And besides, she stole from the master, not from them. "Aren't we all on the same side?"
June 2, 1994 |
Former City Councilman Leland Beloff, back from incarceration in the "67th Ward," has returned to the Democratic political wars. Beloff was elected chairman - the No. 2 post - in South Philadelphia's Democratic Ward 39B Tuesday. He'll assist ward leader and old friend Joseph Howlett. "It looks like a draft. It wasn't something I sought," Beloff said yesterday. "But sure, I'd like to do it. " Beloff, 52, spent almost six years in Allenwood, Pa., federal prison after his conviction on extortion and corruption charges in 1987.
March 31, 1987 |
Defense attorneys in City Councilman Leland M. Beloff's federal extortion trial tried yesterday to build a wall around their clients by using testimony from Mayor Goode and others about a wall that was never built. Controversy has surrounded the wall since July 1984, when Beloff ordered construction of a 10-foot-high, 184-foot-long wall on the west side of St. Michael's Drive, a cul-de-sac in South Philadelphia, with city money. The street, between Oregon Avenue and Shunk Street, is where Beloff's top aide and co-defendant, Robert Rego, lives.
June 30, 1986 |
Philadelphia City Councilman Leland Beloff, saying he is baffled by his arrest Friday on federal extortion charges, plans to continue participating in Council business despite allegations that he tried to bilk developer Willard G. Rouse III out of $1 million in return for paving the way for two ordinances crucial to Rouse's development project at Penn's Landing. At his home here Saturday, Beloff said there was no reason the arrest should interfere with his service on Council, or his leadership role as chairman of Council's Labor and Civil Service Committee.
February 19, 1987 |
A federal judge yesterday postponed a ruling on whether a taped conversation between City Councilman Leland M. Beloff and Deborah Scullin, who lived in a luxury apartment allegedly extorted by Beloff, should be barred from evidence during his extortion trial. U.S. Chief District Judge John P. Fullam said he would not decide the legal question - whether the conversation's relevance was outweighed by any possible prejudice it might create in the jurors' mind - until the case goes to trial.
January 10, 1987 |
City Councilman Leland M. Beloff and his top aide expanded their extortion business to include labor relations, according to a federal grand jury indictment. Beloff and Robert Rego are charged with one count of attempting to extort "money and other things of value" from developer John Bennett by promising him that they could bring labor peace to Bennett's construction sites. Bennett, 36, who also is a medical doctor, was having labor difficulties at 1238 Callowhill St. and 1312 Arch St., where the Philadelphia Building Trades Council had set up picket lines.
April 2, 1987 |
City Councilman Leland M. Beloff took the stand in his own defense yesterday and denied all the government's accusations that he participated in a conspiracy to extort money, a free apartment and home repairs from three Center City developers. Testifying on the sixth day of his federal extortion trial, he said he had postponed a Council vote on two bills critical to a Penn's Landing project planned by developer Willard G. Rouse 3d because of a dispute with Mayor Goode over a wall, not because Rouse had failed to pay a $1 million extortion demand He denied conspiring with his aide and longtime confidant, Robert N. Rego, to extort money from developer John Bennett, and denied that he got Bennett to perform $5,000 worth of free repair work to the basement of his South Philadelphia home.
June 21, 1987 |
City Councilman Leland M. Beloff and his top aide, Robert N. Rego, go to court tomorrow for the second time in three months to defend themselves against federal extortion charges in a retrial that is expected to include new courtroom strategies by the government and the defense. The first trial ended in April when a U.S. District Court jury acquitted Beloff and Rego of three of 14 charges and deadlocked on the remaining 11 extortion and conspiracy counts that, both sides agree, are the central charges contained in the federal indictment.