October 26, 2010 |
Reputed mob leader Andrew Merola, who took part in what a federal prosecutor called a "smorgasbord of criminal activities," faces 10 to 12 years in prison when he is sentenced Friday on a racketeering conspiracy charge. Merola, who is to appear before Judge Stanley R. Chesler in U.S. District Court in Newark, N.J., is lead defendant in the case, which targeted the New Jersey branch of the powerful Gambino crime family. Most of his 22 codefendants have pleaded guilty. A close friend and underworld associate of South Jersey mobster Nicky Scarfo Jr., Merola, 42, has been identified as a capo , or captain, for the Gambino organization.
August 15, 2009
A congressional investigation has produced the strongest evidence yet that former President George W. Bush's administration fired federal prosecutors who didn't serve its partisan goals. The House Judiciary Committee released documents and testimony that place Bush adviser Karl Rove at the heart of an effort to politicize the Justice Department. This material refutes the claims of top Bush officials that the dismissals of U.S. attorneys in 2006 were based on prosecutors' performance.
May 6, 2010 |
The nomination of Zane D. Memeger to be the new U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania was approved by the Senate Wednesday. The voice vote, without dissent, means Memeger will replace interim U.S. Attorney Michael L. Levy, who has served since 2009. Levy will remain in the office as an assistant U.S. attorney. Memeger still has to be sworn in by a federal judge. In a statement released by the Philadelphia office Wednesday night, he said: "I am honored and excited to be returning to the office that I proudly served as an assistant, engaging again with respected colleagues, and helping the Eastern District build even further on its reputation of excellence.
October 5, 2001 |
City Solicitor Kenneth Trujillo, long rumored to be leaving his post, told his senior deputies yesterday that he would be gone as early as two weeks from now, sources said. The two leading candidates to succeed him are said to be James Eisenhower, a former federal prosecutor who ran unsuccessfully for state attorney general last year, and Nelson Diaz, a former Common Pleas Court judge who was general counsel to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in the Clinton administration.
February 27, 2002 |
Pharmacist admits diluting cancer drugs Robert R. Courtney apologized to his victims yesterday as he pleaded guilty to diluting their cancer drugs. The Kansas City pharmacist, 49, was charged last summer with adulterating and misbranding chemotherapy drugs. Yesterday he also admitted buying stolen chemo medications and selling them. "Why did I commit these inordinate crimes, so profoundly inconsistent with my faith, with my beliefs and my relationship with my Lord and Savior?"
April 8, 1990 |
Since his appointment to the federal bench in 1975, Judge Stanley S. Brotman has stripped a boxing champion of his title, cut the tolls on the Ben Franklin Bridge and protected the rights of the mentally ill. He demanded that municipalities educate police about AIDS. He negotiated a $32.5 million settlement to clean up the GEMS Landfill in Gloucester County. He was the first federal judge to rule that random drug testing was legal. He was the first to send Nicky Scarfo to jail.
July 25, 1992 |
An ailing former South Jersey union leader who cooperated with federal prosecutors has been sentenced to six months' probation for accepting $2,000 in payoffs from a Pennsauken businessman. Edward C. Mulvenna, 58, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, was sentenced late Thursday by U.S. District Judge H. Lee Sarokin, who sits in Newark, for accepting the money in 1989 when Mulvenna was president of the 6,000-member Teamsters Local 676. Mulvenna, of Maple Shade, pleaded guilty in December, and could have received up to five years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines.
March 17, 2009 |
She stood by her man, and it cost her. Ruth Arnao, unwaveringly loyal to former State Sen. Vincent Fumo, yesterday paid the price for a quarter-century's allegiance to her powerful boss. As Fumo was convicted on all 137 counts of conspiracy, fraud, obstruction of justice, and tax violations, Arnao, his sole codefendant in the federal corruption case, was declared guilty on all 45 of hers. Little-known to the public, Arnao, 52, former executive director of Fumo's nonprofit, Citizens' Alliance for Better Neighborhoods, kept a low profile during the five-month trial.
December 17, 2012
The NHL's lawsuit against its players was assigned to a relatively new federal judge who is a longtime New York Yankees fan and a former federal prosecutor. The sides did not talk Sunday, the 92d day of a lockout that threatens to wipe out an entire NHL season for the second time in nine years. NHL players started voting on whether to have their union give up collective bargaining rights, a "disclaimer of interest" that could be a precursor to an antitrust suit. The league argued in a 43-page suit Friday in federal court in Manhattan that the union's actions were a bargaining maneuver and asked that the lockout be declared legal.
June 9, 2011 |
CHICAGO - A federal prosecutor began making final arguments Wednesday at the corruption retrial of Rod Blagojevich, telling jurors that the ousted Illinois governor lied to their faces for seven days on the witness stand. Occasionally hitting her fist on a lectern as she spoke, government attorney Carrie Hamilton stepped to the center of the courtroom to address the panelists who have sat through six weeks of testimony. "The defendant lied to you under oath in this courtroom," she said, countering Blagojevich's own first words to jurors that he was there "to tell you the truth.