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November 7, 2013 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Stating in part that "truth is a complete defense," a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court judge has dismissed a defamation lawsuit brought by attorney Richard A. Sprague against a former Daily News columnist who had written that the acclaimed lawyer had lied while representing his former friend, ex-State Sen. Vincent Fumo. Judge Lisa M. Rau also found that just because public figures might not like what they read about themselves, that is not always justification for a lawsuit.
NEWS
October 10, 2013
Win for children The city's new facility dedicated to providing the best possible services for children who are suspected to have been sexually abused is a bright, clean, child- and adult-friendly facility. There, family advocates, forensic interviewers, and therapists of the Philadelphia Children's Alliance, investigating social workers from the Department of Human Services, and Special Victims Unit police officers can work together to ensure that children and families are treated responsively and sensitively, with the goal of promoting high-quality investigations and ensuring child safety.
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September 21, 2013 | By Bob Warner, Inquirer Staff Writer
There will be no party at the Fumo mansion after all. Former State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo has canceled a Sunday get-together for former staff members at his place in Philadelphia's Spring Garden section. He's been serving out the remainder of his federal prison sentence under house arrest in the 33-room house. Sources who had been invited to the affair said they were told that federal prison officials weighed in against the event, concerned about the appearance that Fumo was throwing a celebration.
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September 14, 2013 | By Bob Warner and Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writers
Guess who's throwing a party? While serving out the house-arrest portion of a federal prison sentence at his 33-room mansion in the city's Spring Garden section, former State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo has invited many of his former staff members to his home for what is described as a social gathering on Sunday, Sept. 22. Invitations by telephone and e-mail have been extended to former Fumo aides in his Philadelphia and Harrisburg offices, recipients confirmed Thursday. Neither Fumo nor his attorney, Dennis Cogan, returned a call from The Inquirer.
NEWS
September 13, 2013 | By Chris Brennan
A VINCE FUMO rumor flew over South Philly's Democratic 39A Ward this week like a UFO and, although completely denied by the authorities, some folks are not convinced. The former state senator, home a month now from federal prison and still cooling his heels on mansion arrest, will not be taking over as ward leader. Ward Leader Roseanne Pauciello said her phone has been ringing all week with committee members wondering if she is preparing to step down and hand power to Fumo.
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September 6, 2013 | BY SEAN COLLINS WALSH, Daily News Staff Writer walshSE@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
THE VINCE FUMO legal saga is marching on, possibly to its biggest stage yet. The former state senator, who is under house arrest in Spring Garden after leaving federal prison last month, is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn his 2009 conviction, arguing in part that the jurors saw media reports of evidence excluded from the trial and may have been biased against him. A date with the Supreme Court is an unlikely next chapter for Fumo's...
NEWS
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.
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