April 21, 2013
THE SELF-DESCRIBED "CFO" of the Philadelphia mob has pleaded guilty to racketeering and illegal gambling rather than face a retrial. Anthony "Ant" Staino had been convicted of two loan-sharking counts at a sweeping mob trial this year. But the jury acquitted him or deadlocked on most counts. The jury also deadlocked on the central racketeering charge against reputed mob boss Joseph "Uncle Joe" Ligambi and his nephew, George Borgesi, who will be retried. Staino, 55, of Swedesboro, N.J., entered his plea late Thursday.
February 26, 2013 |
A North Jersey mobster, who admitted to participating in the affairs of Philadelphia's La Cosa Nostra, was sentenced today to a 55 month term in federal prison. Louis "Big Lou" Fazzini, 45, pleaded guilty in October to a racketeering conspiracy charge linked to a mob-controlled gambling and loan-sharking operation. A self-described "made" member of the mob, Fazzini, of Caldwell, operated a sports bookmaking business and ran a social club in northern New Jersey where illegal gambling on card and dice games occurred regularly.
February 7, 2013
A photo caption Jan. 30 with a story on the Homeless Hospitality Network wrongly identified a woman helping with the program. Mary Jane Winkel is pictured above. A photo Wednesday in a graphic on the outcome of the Philadelphia mob trial was wrongly identified as being of defendant Gary Battaglini. It was actually of defendant Anthony Staino. The photo identified as Anthony Staino was also a photo of Staino, but was an older one. A story Wednesday, relying on information from Cherry Hill Township that was erroneous, reported an incorrect amount for the taxes paid last year by Subaru of America Inc. to the township.
February 5, 2013
A day after declaring themselves at an impasse, jurors in a Philadelphia mob racketeering trial deliberated for nearly six hours Sunday but failed to reach a verdict. The panel of eight men and four women offered no clues about their progress on Day 19 of talks in the case against reputed mob boss Joseph Ligambi and six others. They met behind closed doors but, unlike previous days, had no questions or requests. On Saturday, jurors reported to U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno for the first time that they were at an impasse but didn't elaborate.
February 4, 2013 |
A day after declaring themselves at an impasse, jurors at the Philadelphia mob racketeering trial deliberated for nearly six hours Sunday but failed to reach a verdict. The panel of eight men and four women offered no clues about their progress on Day 19 of talks in the case against reputed mob boss Joseph Ligambi and six others. They met behind closed doors but, unlike previous days, had no questions or requests. On Saturday, the jury reported to U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno for the first time that it was at "an impasse," but didn't elaborate.
January 29, 2013 |
On Day 13 of jury deliberations at the Philadelphia mob trial, two bets were stone-cold locks: The jurors would ask to listen to more FBI tapes. And Mousie would have something to say. Around 11 a.m., the jurors delivered, asking to hear another batch of recordings played at the 10-week racketeering trial. Then Joseph "Mousie" Massimino did his part, escorted into the room with his codefendants, hands cuffed but mouth, as always, unrestrained. "Keep the glasses chilled," he quipped to friends in gallery, part of his running prediction for a get-out-of-jail-party.
January 6, 2013 |
Lawyers for accused leaders of the Philadelphia mob railed against prosecutors and their case Friday, urging jurors to acquit the men and reject an FBI probe they said took more than a decade because it was built on petty crimes, flimsy evidence, and unreliable witnesses. "They were investigating for 13 years," Gregory Pagano told jurors. "They were waiting for something bigger and better than video poker machines and sports betting to come along, and it never did. " A day after a prosecutor spent more than three hours delivering his closing argument, Friday was reserved for defense lawyers to fire back.
December 15, 2012 |
Anthony Nicodemo, a reputed mob soldier, was charged Thursday night in the daytime slaying Wednesday of Gino DiPietro outside his home in South Philadelphia, city police said. Authorities matched a bullet fragment found on DiPietro's clothes with a gun found in an automobile registered to Nicodemo, a police source confirmed Thursday. Nicodemo, 41, of the 3200 block of South 17th Street, was charged with murder and related offenses. Also Thursday, a federal judge said he would individually question the 15 jurors in the federal racketeering trial of seven alleged Philadelphia mobsters when court resumes Tuesday to see if they had been exposed to news coverage of the slaying.
November 21, 2012 |
A rear courtroom door opened, and a slight man shuffled to the witness stand, wearing a black V-neck sweater over a white collared shirt and patterned tie. At 83, he looked too frail to lift a baseball bat, much less crush it against another man's skull, as he said he once would. "Wow," a defense lawyer blurted out. "He got old," someone else whispered. A dozen years have passed since Pete "the Crumb" Caprio became a turncoat against his associates in the Philadelphia mob. At least three times since, federal prosecutors have trotted out Caprio, a once-feared captain, to tell juries about his life, exploits, and crimes, and similar details about others.