January 27, 2014 |
When a student at Dudley Elementary School in Camden asked Gov. Christie on Thursday what his favorite movie was, you might have guessed where things were headed. " The Godfather ," Christie replied. "There are a lot of life lessons in there. " This was perhaps fitting, since the Republican governor stands accused of running his administration like a mob family, scattering a trail of (figuratively) whacked enemies across New Jersey. Christie's predicament shines a light on the dark art of political retribution.
December 6, 2013 |
After three decades in the state Senate and four years in prison, Vincent J. Fumo is eyeing a political comeback. In a sworn deposition filed in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court this week, Fumo said he was contemplating "running for a party office. " A party office, not a public one. Fumo, 70, went on to say he was considering seeking election to Democratic State Committee. State law bans politicians convicted of serious crimes from serving as elected public officials.
November 25, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA When things were good between Vince Fumo and Andy Cosenza, they saw themselves as brothers. Fumo would sign off his e-mails from prison as "Big Bro. " Cosenza was "lil bro. " Then, from behind bars, the former state senator accused Cosenza of misappropriating money from Fumo's old campaign fund. Fumo claimed in a lawsuit that Cosenza in 2010 had steered some $20,000 to himself and one of his businesses. Now, Fumo may have more reason to be incensed. In a belated disclosure, Cosenza has made a startling admission: The Fumo political fund he chairs made $253,000 in payments to Cosenza and his companies in early 2011.
November 13, 2013 |
FORMER STATE Sen. Vince Fumo was rushed to Hahnemann University Hospital yesterday afternoon, suffering from internal bleeding, apparently related to a biopsy he had a few days ago for prostate cancer, according to his biographer. Ralph Cipriano, a former Inquirer reporter who blogs at BigTrial.net and is writing a biography with Fumo, said the former senator called him while on his way to the hospital. Cipriano said that Fumo told him he was bleeding from several places, felt dizzy and might need a blood transfusion.
November 7, 2013 |
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.
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.
September 21, 2013 |
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.
September 14, 2013 |
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.
September 13, 2013 |
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.
September 6, 2013 |
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...