March 13, 2008
There's no disputing that State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo has done a lot of good for Philadelphia during 30 years of public service. By his own estimate, Fumo has brought $8 billion to the city over the years. He was probably the most powerful legislator of his era. But in the end, unrivaled power was also his flaw. Fumo, who announced his retirement yesterday, didn't know how to limit his seemingly limitless reach. His arrogance and apparent greed brought about a federal corruption indictment that is forcing him from office.
February 4, 2009 |
A pair of fervent allies of former State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo tangled bitterly with prosecutors yesterday as they defended their work with the powerful Democrat. One of Fumo's taxpayer-paid drivers - he had three - accused prosecutors of "disrespect" for interviewing him not long after his son had died of a brain aneurysm at age 26. And the director of a Fumo-backed nonprofit bristled when prosecutors said that a Fumo aide had deleted e-mails on her computer even after her records had been subpoenaed.
September 3, 1987 |
State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo yesterday called for the resignation of the Philadelphia Port Corp.'s chairman, saying a "blatant conflict of interest" was permitting the port agency head to "line his own pockets. " Fumo, minority chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, further threatened to help create a rival port group if chairman Raymond K. Denworth Jr. failed to give up his position. The state subsidizes the port corporation. In a blunt letter dated Aug. 31 and hand-delivered to Denworth yesterday, Fumo accused the Philadelphia lawyer of personally benefiting because his private law firm represents the Penn's Landing Corp.
November 11, 1987 |
State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo says he was not aware that his lawyer and a private investigator hired by his lawyer had secretly taped phone conversations with the executive director of the Redevelopment Authority and with another lawyer. Fumo said yesterday his attorney, Robert Sugarman, was asked last summer by the other lawyer, Harold Berk, to "participate in a conspiracy to rig a bid. " Berk represents the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of St. George, an opponent of Fumo's in a court dispute between Fumo and the RA over land on which Fumo wants to build a home.
March 17, 2009
Former State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo got what he deserved yesterday for years of thievery that he considered his just reward for three decades of public service. A federal jury convicted Fumo, 65, of all 137 counts of corruption-related charges. Once one of the most powerful politicians in Pennsylvania, Fumo may spend the rest of his life in prison. His codefendant, Ruth Arnao, a former legislative aide who ran the Fumo nonprofit Citizens Alliance, also was found guilty of all charges.
December 15, 2005 |
State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo (D., Phila.), the master of political maneuvering, yesterday announced a package of bills designed to give the public and rank-and-file lawmakers more power in the legislative process. The measures, which Fumo said he intended to introduce in January, deal with the dry, inner working of the General Assembly and the rules that govern how a bill becomes law. Nonetheless, Fumo said, "this is the core of what I perceived to be good government. " One proposal would require that all legislation wait at least 72 hours after it is amended before a final vote, giving the public and lawmakers time to review bills and have their opinions be known.
February 20, 2009 |
After testimony from 105 people, the last witness stepped down yesterday in the marathon federal corruption trial of former State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo, setting the stage for closing arguments next week. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert A. Zauzmer is expected to spend most of Monday delivering the prosecution's closing, four months after fellow prosecutor John J. Pease gave the opening address Oct. 22. After defense lawyers Dennis J. Cogan and Edwin J. Jacobs Jr. give their closing addresses, Zauzmer will deliver a rebuttal.
January 15, 2009 |
WITH the presentation of their case winding down, are the feds trying to smoke out ex-state Sen. Vince Fumo and get him to testify on his own behalf? That's what I'm wondering in light of the prosecution's use of an interview I did with Fumo nearly five years ago. In November 2003, the Inquirer launched a series of stories on the manner in which Fumo had steered funding to a non-profit called Citizens Alliance for Better Neighborhoods. On March 17, 2004, the Inquirer ran a story headlined "FBI probes Fumo's use of yacht.
January 11, 2009
Testimony in the federal corruption trial of former State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo is casting a harsh light on the way the once-powerful Democrat operated. But it also provides a disturbing glimpse into the sleazy way business and politics too often get done in Philadelphia and Harrisburg. Sadly, given Philadelphia's contentedly corrupt history, events detailed in federal court last week by the former head of Verizon Pennsylvania were not a surprise to many insiders. An alleged $50 million shakedown attempt by Fumo, the Verizon chief's response, and the legal advice given to him might be big news elsewhere.