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August 12, 2013
'Stone walls," a poet once wrote, "do not a prison make. " The same could be said of heated sidewalks and a wine cellar. Yet these are just some of the overwrought comforts of the "prison" in which former State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo will while away the conclusion of his all too merciful corruption sentence. Fumo's mansion has an elevator, servants' quarters, a shooting range, and a total of 33 rooms - enough to spend each week of the remaining six months of his term in a different one. It lies in the city's serene Fairmount section, five miles and a world away from the North Philadelphia halfway house where many of Fumo's fellow felons prepare to reenter society in spartan dormitories.
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August 9, 2013 | BY SEAN COLLINS WALSH, Daily News Staff Writer walshSE@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
FORMER STATE Sen. Vince Fumo, who is fresh out of federal prison and was originally slated to spend time in a halfway house, is now enrolled in a "home-confinement program," according to the federal Bureau of Prisons. That means he can live under house arrest in his Spring Garden mansion on Green Street, where reporters spotted him Tuesday night. It was originally reported that Fumo, 70, would be living for some time at the Klintock Group halfway house in North Philadelphia. Bureau spokesman Chris Burke said Fumo entered the program Tuesday, meaning Fumo probably slept at home on his first night out of jail.
NEWS
August 9, 2013 | By Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writer
No dreary dorm for former State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo as he finishes up the last months of his corruption sentence. No bunk bed and locker at the utilitarian Kintock halfway house on Erie Avenue in North Philadelphia. Instead, federal prisons officials confirmed Wednesday that Fumo would be permitted to serve out the last six months of his sentence in his home. For Fumo, home is a 33-room Victorian mansion in Philadelphia's Spring Garden section - with a wine cellar, shooting range, indoor elevator, heated sidewalks, seven bathrooms, a guest suite, and servants' quarters.
NEWS
August 8, 2013 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Daily News Staff Writer russv@phillynews.com, 215-854-5987
UPDATE: Former Sen. Vince Fumo will not have to report to the Hunting Park halfway house after all. He was enrolled in a "home-confinement program," according to the federal Bureau of Prisons.  --- IT'S A LONG way, in distance and aesthetics, from former state Sen. Vince Fumo's Green Street mansion in Fairmount, a gorgeous tree-lined neighborhood with beautiful architecture. But Fumo's would-be neighborhood around the halfway house where he was assigned to stay in Hunting Park has its own qualities.
NEWS
August 5, 2013 | By Karen Heller, Inquirer Columnist
Welcome home, former State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo. Or halfway home. On Tuesday, after four years in a Kentucky prison, you are scheduled to be transferred to the Kintock Erie Avenue facility in North Philadelphia, six miles but a world away from your 33-room, Oreck-filled Green Street mansion with the heated sidewalks. At Kintock, you will bunk in a dorm with 40 fellow federal residents. Most likely, you are the only resident who owns four homes. The rules are many. Cellphones and Internet are prohibited - a challenge, since your technological prowess once earned you the nickname "Senator R2D2," and you won fame for your emphatic electronic correspondence and exclamations!
NEWS
August 2, 2013 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
A JUDGE yesterday rejected a bid by former state Sen. Vince Fumo to put a friend of 50 years in charge of a trust fund set up for two of his three children. Common Pleas Judge Joseph O'Keefe voided Fumo's appointment of Dr. Anthony Repici, once his personal physician, as trustee for the fund. He also rejected a request from Fumo's attorney to keep the case open long enough for the former Democratic power to testify. Fumo is due to be released from federal prison on Tuesday. Fumo's daughter, Allison, 23, had asked the court to either dissolve the trust or name as trustee Sylvia DiBona, her godmother and widow of Independence Blue Cross chief executive G. Fred DiBona Jr. O'Keefe appointed DiBona yesterday, ordering "that all property, books, accounts, papers and moneys belonging" to the trust be delivered to her. "We're very sorry that it took litigation to get to this point," said Don Foster, Allison Fumo's attorney.
NEWS
August 2, 2013 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Former Pennsylvania State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo is scheduled to leave federal prison in Ashland, Ky., Tuesday morning after spending four years behind bars, his lawyers said. Fumo, 70, a longtime power broker in city and state politics, will live in a North Philadelphia halfway house and work as a $10-an-hour office assistant at his attorney's law firm. His fiancee, Carolyn Zinni, is scheduled to pick him up and make the drive of more than 500 miles back to Philadelphia. Zinni does not fly, his lawyers said.
NEWS
August 2, 2013 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
FORMER STATE Sen. Vince Fumo returns to Philly on Tuesday, 1,436 days after he surrendered at a federal prison outside of Ashland, Ky., to serve time on public-corruption charges. Fumo must report to the Kintock Group, a 400-bed halfway house on Erie Avenue at Whitaker Avenue, which describes itself as a "residential environment for male and female offenders who are beginning their transition back to the community. " If that goes well, Fumo will return home to his mansion on Greene Street near 22nd Street in Fairmount to finish his sentence under house arrest.
NEWS
August 2, 2013 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A judge ruled against former Pennsylvania State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo and in favor of one of his daughters Thursday in a bitter legal struggle over trust-fund money. Orphans' Court Judge Joseph D. O'Keefe appointed Sylvia DiBona, godmother to 23-year-old Allison Fumo, as trustee and declared the ex-senator's choice null and void. The elder Fumo created a limited partnership to benefit Allison Fumo and his son, Vincent E., now 44. The family partnership and related trusts were worth about $2.5 million to the children.
NEWS
July 14, 2013 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
AN ATTORNEY for jailed former state Sen. Vince Fumo complained in court yesterday that the once powerful Democrat, in a legal battle with his daughter, has been cast as King Lear, the tragic figure who goes mad trying to leave his holdings to his children. Normally you could chalk that up to overblown legal rhetoric. But with Fumo, who has a long history of relationships dissolving into disputes, attorney Thomas Leonard was spot on with the Shakespearean reference. The fight involves a trust fund Fumo set up with $3.2 million in 2006 for two of his three children, Vince Fumo Jr. and Allison Fumo.
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