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September 9, 1987 | By JIM SMITH, Daily News Staff Writer
The vote fraud trial of former City Councilman Leland M. Beloff and his wife, Diane, has been postponed indefinitely by a federal judge. U.S. District Judge Thomas N. O'Neill, in an order filed yesterday, said the delay may make it possible for the Beloffs to get a "fair and impartial jury" in this district and obviate any need to move the trial elsewhere. O'Neill said the vote fraud trial will not begin until Leland Beloff's appeal of his conviction on extortion charges is resolved, which means a delay of at least several months, according to attorneys in the case.
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January 15, 2013 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
FORMER CITY Councilman Leland Beloff and his wife, Diane, are suing a luxury Florida drug-rehab center, claiming its treatment caused her to suffer a seizure and other medical problems. The Beloffs claim that Diane Beloff suffered a seizure and "change in mental status" in May, two weeks after checking into Seaside Palm Beach for an addiction to painkillers. The complaint, filed Jan. 8 in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, contends that the Beloffs agreed to pay $49,500 for a 30-day treatment.
NEWS
February 26, 1987
Hey, it's not as if Philadelphia's sleaziest councilman, Leland Beloff, hasn't caused enough trouble in his own back yard. He's facing a heavy-duty extortion rap for what federal prosecutors allege was a scheme to shake down Center City developers. And there's this vote-fraud case in South Philadelphia. Now - just when you thought it was safe to move to the suburbs - an FBI informant says Mr. Beloff sent him on a little road trip out the Main Line. The councilman's name has cropped up in the middle of a trial over a caper to dump skunk oil - skunk oil!
NEWS
July 26, 1988 | By Emilie Lounsberry, Inquirer Staff Writer
Diane Beloff, the wife of imprisoned former City Councilman Leland M. Beloff, was placed on two years' probation yesterday after pleading guilty to charges of forging the signatures of three women on absentee-ballot envelopes in the November 1984 election. Clutching a handkerchief, Beloff, 29, spoke so softly during the brief hearing that she was barely audible as she finally said "Guilty" when a courtroom deputy asked how she pleaded. She was in tears when she left the courtroom later.
NEWS
August 6, 1987
Leland Beloff, who called his Philadelphia City Council seat "a hobby" and felt obliged to use it to shake down local developers, was sentenced yesterday to 10 years in the slammer for his stupidity and greed. "Not only did he sell his office," U.S. District Judge John Fullam observed as Beloff stood biting his lip, "but he attempted to make municipal government a branch of the local mob. " His aide Bobby Rego, who helped make it all happen, got eight years, and his godfather, mob boss Nicodemo "Little Nicky" Scarfo, got 14. For Scarfo, it was the first of many sentences.
NEWS
December 3, 2012 | By Dan Hardy, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Adam Beloff committed suicide Friday, several people who knew him said Sunday. Beloff, 48, apparently hanged himself, said a source in the First Judicial District, who could not confirm where it happened. The source asked not to be named because the district has yet to issue a formal statement. Beloff, who lived in South Philadelphia and had a house in Ventnor, N.J., was elected in 2009 despite not being endorsed by the Democratic Party in the primary.
NEWS
August 6, 1987
Leland Beloff finally got his big wish. He'll be hanging out with big-time mob guys as a near-equal, maybe for as long as 10 years. Unfortunately for the former city councilman and inept extortion artist, it won't be while freely strutting the streets of Philadelphia or Atlantic City with the wise guys. His hanging out will be in a federal prison. Let us hope it is one of the serious federal joints with bars rather than a more relaxed country club jail with every amenity short of valet parking.
NEWS
June 29, 1994 | by Cynthia Burton, Daily News Staff Writer
Only in Philadelphia could a politician who went up the river for racketeering, mail fraud, tax evasion and obstruction of justice come home to a hero's welcome. Former City Councilman Jimmy Tayoun, one of the city's most colorful political felons, came home yesterday after almost three years in jail. He flashed a million-dollar smile as he got off a Capitol Trailways bus in the dark and dirty 11th Street tunnel outside the Peter Pan bus terminal. As he sighed and looked around, the carbon monoxide and sooty air of his hometown must have seemed like fairy dust.
NEWS
June 25, 1987 | By TONI LOCY, Daily News Staff Writer
FBI undercover agent James Vaules testified again yesterday that City Councilman Leland M. Beloff gave him a Roman salute - a hand across the chest - to acknowledge his role in a $1 million extortion plot. But this time, Vaules turned to the jury in apparent emphasis. Vaules' version contradicted Beloff's testimony during his first extortion and conspiracy trial in April that admitted mobster Nicholas Caramandi pushed Beloff's hand into his chest as a signal to Vaules inside a Center City restaurant one year ago today.
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January 15, 2013 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
FORMER CITY Councilman Leland Beloff and his wife, Diane, are suing a luxury Florida drug-rehab center, claiming its treatment caused her to suffer a seizure and other medical problems. The Beloffs claim that Diane Beloff suffered a seizure and "change in mental status" in May, two weeks after checking into Seaside Palm Beach for an addiction to painkillers. The complaint, filed Jan. 8 in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, contends that the Beloffs agreed to pay $49,500 for a 30-day treatment.
NEWS
December 10, 2012 | By John P. Martin, Inquirer Staff Writer
When a Delaware County nursing home owned by Leland Beloff, the ex-convict and former Philadelphia city councilman, asked the state for a $1.5 million grant in 2006, the money was supposed to address a pressing need for senior housing in the community. The facility, Harlee Manor, got $1 million and used it to replace 53 traditional nursing-home beds with 17 personal suites. State auditors have since concluded that the home, as a private for-profit entity, should never have been eligible for the funds.
NEWS
December 4, 2012 | By Dan Hardy, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Adam Beloff committed suicide Friday, several people who knew him said Sunday. Beloff, 48, apparently hanged himself, said a source in the First Judicial District, who could not confirm where it happened. The source asked not to be named because the district has yet to issue a formal statement. Beloff, who lived in South Philadelphia and had a house in Ventnor, N.J., was elected in 2009 despite not being endorsed by the Democratic Party in the primary.
NEWS
December 3, 2012 | By Dan Hardy, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Adam Beloff committed suicide Friday, several people who knew him said Sunday. Beloff, 48, apparently hanged himself, said a source in the First Judicial District, who could not confirm where it happened. The source asked not to be named because the district has yet to issue a formal statement. Beloff, who lived in South Philadelphia and had a house in Ventnor, N.J., was elected in 2009 despite not being endorsed by the Democratic Party in the primary.
NEWS
May 11, 2003 | By Marc Schogol INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
You can take the boy out of South Philadelphia, but you can't take South Philly out of the boy. Back in the '60s, '70s and '80s, Leland Beloff was a Pennsylvania state representative, a Philadelphia city councilman, and a Democratic power broker from that political hotbed. But then, like so many of his fellow pols from that time and place, Beloff did a little prison time, and while he was away for five years, his wife moved the family to the Main Line. So now Beloff - who as a city councilman was convicted in 1987 of conspiring with the mob to extort $1 million from a developer - lives in Gladwyne.
NEWS
June 29, 1994 | by Cynthia Burton, Daily News Staff Writer
Only in Philadelphia could a politician who went up the river for racketeering, mail fraud, tax evasion and obstruction of justice come home to a hero's welcome. Former City Councilman Jimmy Tayoun, one of the city's most colorful political felons, came home yesterday after almost three years in jail. He flashed a million-dollar smile as he got off a Capitol Trailways bus in the dark and dirty 11th Street tunnel outside the Peter Pan bus terminal. As he sighed and looked around, the carbon monoxide and sooty air of his hometown must have seemed like fairy dust.
NEWS
June 4, 1994
Fewer and fewer among us remember World War II personally, which is why it's important to commemorate its milestones - like D-Day - while they're still part of our collective experience. Individual memories aren't foolproof, of course, but they're probably more reliable than future historical research. Not only was World War II the most widespread human endeavor of all time, it was a defining moment in our national experience. It represented a time of unity unlike any before or after, and we met the challenge with unparalleled, total faith in our leaders - and in ourselves.
NEWS
June 3, 1994 | by Mark McDonald, Daily News Staff Writer Staff writer Paul Maryniak contributed to this report
Leland Beloff, former city councilman and ex-con, said yesterday he would resign as Democratic ward chairman in South Philadelphia's Ward 39-B. "It's not like they elected me vice president," said Beloff, now a Gladwyne resident who contends he never sought a post that most people never heard of. "I think they elected me out of fellowship and friendship," he said. After thanking the committee people who elected him Tuesday, Beloff nonchalantly said yesterday, "OK, so I'll step aside.
NEWS
February 25, 1993 | By Gary Cohn, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Former City Councilman Leland M. Beloff, who is serving a 10-year prison sentence for extortion, has asked a federal judge to reduce his sentence. Federal prosecutors have told the judge they oppose a reduction. In a six-page letter to Senior U.S. District Judge John P. Fullam, Beloff, writing from the federal prison in Loretto, Pa., asked that his sentence be reduced because of "insensitivity to urgent medical needs. " He also asked that he be given credit "for the time I spent on bail while awaiting trial and sentencing.
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