April 21, 2015 |
William B. Fretz Jr. and John P. Freeman thought they had hit a low point in 2009, when one of their biggest clients - and one of the state's premier power brokers - was convicted of corruption. As former State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo headed to prison, their Montgomery County hedge fund, Covenant Partners, sagged under the weight of the recession and federal investigations. But the two were never charged, and Covenant carried on with the type of high-risk, high-reward investments that had made them millions.
March 26, 2015 |
PROSECUTORS yesterday objected to convicted former state Sen. Vince Fumo's request to end his supervised release early. "He offers no reason that he is unduly harmed in any manner by serving the full sentence imposed by the Court," Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Zauzmer wrote. Fumo, 71, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Ronald Buckwalter to serve 61 months of incarceration and three years of supervised release, and to pay about $4 million in restitution, fines and other fees after a federal jury convicted him in 2009 of 137 corruption counts.
March 23, 2015 |
CONVICTED FORMER state Sen. Vince Fumo is seeking an early end to his three-year term of supervised release under the watchful eyes of the U.S. Probation Office. In a motion filed yesterday, Fumo's lawyer, Dennis Cogan, asked U.S. District Judge Ronald Buckwalter to terminate Fumo's three-year supervised release after more than 13 months. "His punishments have been considerable and he has suffered much," Cogan wrote. "He is now almost 72 years of age. His health is not good and his financial losses have been considerable.
March 21, 2015 |
Matilda DeFlaviis Fumo could often be seen in the Independence Hall neighborhood, turned out as a well-dressed 18th century lady. In springtime and autumn, from the mid-1980s into 2009, Mrs. Fumo was a costumed guide for Centipede Tours. A very patient guide. The last tour that Mrs. Fumo worked alongside Centipede guide Sally A. Downey was especially memorable. Though the tour groups often consisted of local schoolchildren, this one was peopled by adults from out of state.
January 31, 2015 |
Jim Kenney and Kevin Dougherty grew up in the same South Philadelphia neighborhood, two kids from the block in Whitman who crafted careers in public service. The city councilman and Common Pleas Court judge are now aiming higher. And their ambitions align in a way that stands to benefit them both. Kenney, 56, resigned Thursday from his sixth term on Council and is now preparing a campaign for mayor. Dougherty, 52, is expected to announce in three weeks his bid for one of three openings on the state Supreme Court.
November 15, 2014 |
A LONGTIME close ally of disgraced ex-state Sen. Vince Fumo cut a deal with prosecutors and won't be going to prison for his role in a political-corruption scandal at the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. Mitchell Rubin, the Philadelphia political insider who once chaired the turnpike panel, will get two years' probation after pleading guilty yesterday in Harrisburg to a misdemeanor charge. Dauphin County Common Pleas Judge Richard Lewis also ordered Rubin - the husband of Fumo's onetime close aide Ruth Arnao - to pay a $2,500 fine and perform 100 hours of community service, after he pleaded guilty to one count of commercial bribery.
September 11, 2014 |
Like a run of convicted Pennsylvania politicians before him, former State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo is beginning to build a postprison career advising clients how to work the levers of government. The president of the Pennsylvania Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association said this week that his group had hired Fumo to provide it with "strategic input. " "He has unique experience both in the legislature and with the act" regulating gambling in Pennsylvania, said Salvatore M. DeBunda. "We felt that he paid his dues and he's allowed to go on with his life.
July 19, 2014 |
Frank A. "Hank" Salvatore, 92, of Somerton, a Republican from Northeast Philadelphia who served as an elected official at the state level for almost three decades, died Wednesday, July 16, of causes related to aging at Holy Redeemer Hospital. He was nicknamed Hank by his buddies while growing up in North Philadelphia, and the name stuck. He served six terms as a state representative from the 170th Legislative District and then four terms as a state senator from the Fifth Senatorial District.
July 11, 2014 |
Former Pennsylvania State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo, on probation for his corruption conviction, can travel a bit more freely under a ruling issued Wednesday by a federal judge. U.S. District Judge Ronald L. Buckwalter dropped the standard requirement that Fumo obtain advance approval from his probation officer before each long-distance trip. But he said Fumo would have to file an itinerary each Monday with the probation office listing all of his planned trips for the week ahead. Fumo had asked Buckwalter, who presided over the trial in which a jury found him guilty of all 137 counts in a sweeping indictment against him, to let him travel without any advance approvals.
July 4, 2014 |
Federal prosecutors objected Wednesday to a request by former Pennsylvania State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo to travel without advance approval. "There is no reason that defendant Fumo should be treated differently than any other defendant, simply because he owns or controls more homes than the average convicted defendant," Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert A. Zauzmer wrote in a court filing. Zauzmer, a key member of the team that brought the case leading to Fumo's conviction on corruption charges, urged U.S. District Court Judge Ronald L. Buckwalter to reject Fumo's request to travel long distances without getting permission from his probation officer.