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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...
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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.
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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.
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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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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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