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  • U.S. Politician Armed Himself Against The Mafia

    04/01/2012 7:14:33 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 7 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 04/01/12 | Friends of Ours
    Former Congressman Maurice Hinchey from upstate New York was a target of the mob during the 1980s when he was a State Assembly member investigating its "illegal dumping of toxic waste at landfills," and the politician resorted to his Second Amendment remedy to protect himself as reported by Brian Tumulty for the Ithaca Journal: "Hinchey began carrying a pistol because he was advised by law enforcement authorities they couldn't guarantee round-the-clock protection from a possible hit by organized crime. "My life was being threatened and the operation in Albany told me I should begin carrying my own gun," Hinchey recalled....
  • Mobster Gives Himself Away On Facebook

    04/01/2012 4:50:26 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 9 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 04/01/12 | Friends of Ours
    A fugitive mobster left a trail on Facebook for authorities to follow. Vito Roberto Palazzolo, convicted in absentia by an Italian court in 2009 for laundering money for "boss of bosses" Toto Riina and Bernardo Provenzano from Cosa Nostra or the Sicilian Mafia, has been arrested in Bangkok, Thailand after a long international chase to apprehend him as reported by AGI: he "had been convicted to a nine-year sentence for Mafia-style criminal conspiracy and had traveled from South Africa - a Country that has always denied extradition - to Hong Kong and subsequently to Thailand." Palazzolo was found from clues...
  • Federal Judge Spares Reputed Mobsters From Prison Time To Save Employee Jobs

    03/31/2012 3:53:57 PM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 9 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 3/31/12 | Friends of Ours
    That Jack Weinstein, what a mensch. The Brooklyn federal judge sentenced reputed Genovese associate and food caterer Frank DiMattina to six years in prison on extortion and gun convictions but otherwise will allow him to remain free pending the lengthy appeals process as reported by John Marzulli for the Daily News: "the judge was concerned that ordering DiMattina to begin serving the sentence immediately might jeopardize the jobs of 60 employees of DiMattina’s catering hall, Ariana’s Grand, in Woodbridge, N.J." Weinstein pulled a similar stunt in 2008 when he spared reputed Gambino soldier and Brooklyn restaurateur Joseph Chirico from prison...
  • Vatican: "Mafia Is Anti-human And Anti-religious"

    03/31/2012 4:16:05 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 3 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 03/31/12 | Friends of Ours
    The Vatican has announced a harder line against the Mafia whose sociopathic members often wrongly assume their nominal Catholicism will save them from eternal damnation. This week during a 2-day conference in Palermo, Sicily -- the belly of the beast for Cosa Nostra -- church officials met with Italian authorities and Mafia experts in order to coordinate a stronger role for the Vatican in taking on organized crime as reported byAlessandro Speciale for Religion News Service: Bishop Antonino Raspanti admitted that the church "has not condemned strongly enough" the mafia in the past. But "things have changed," he said, and...
  • Credible Witness: Big Dino Admits To Bad Acts

    03/30/2012 5:10:53 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 5 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 03/30/12 | Friends of Ours
    Yes, Dino "Big Dino" Calabro was a bad boy, a very bad boy, during his years with the Colombo family. The mob-killer-turned-government-witness was on the stand for a fourth day at the racketeering trial against reputed street boss Thomas "Tommy Shots" Gioeli and reputed soldier Dino "Little Dino" Saracino, and under cross-examination he readily admitted with full candor to a role in eight murders as reported by the New York Post, and sleeping with the girlfriends of two mob associates he had killed as reported by the Daily News. If defense lawyers want to paint Big Dino as a bad...
  • Link Grows Between Terrorism, Organized Crime, Officials Say

    03/28/2012 8:22:03 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 2 replies
    American Forces Press Service ^ | 03/28/12 | Karen Parrish
    The two missions of fighting terrorism and combating global organized crime are increasingly linked, senior Defense Department officials told Congress yesterday. * * * Fighting terrorism increasingly includes targeting the global drug trade, he said. “Nowhere is the link between transnational organized crime, insurgency and terrorism more apparent than in Afghanistan, where the Taliban continues to receive a large percentage of its revenue through heroin trade,” he added.
  • Mob Hitman At Racketeering Trial: Tommy Shots Issued Kill Order From A Church Garden

    03/28/2012 4:32:30 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 3 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 03/28/12 | Friends of Ours
    Colombo-killer-turned-government-witness Dino "Big Dino" Calabro testified for a second day against former reputed street boss Thomas "Tommy Shots" Gioeli and reputed soldier Dino "Little Dino" Saracino, and his testimony made it clear that the mob is populated with sociopaths who have no respect for the laws of man or God. The feds accuse Tommy Shots of six murders, and Little Dino of three. Calabro provided a "chilling account" on the murder of NYPD cop Ralph Dols as reported by Mitchel Maddux and Dan Mangan for the New York Post: "Dols, 28, was targeted because he had married Kim Kennaugh, whose...
  • Milberg Gets Sloppy Seconds In Facebook Case

    03/26/2012 3:15:16 PM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 4+ views
    Friends of Ours ^ | 03/26/12 | Friends of Ours
    Actually, make that sloppy fifths or something. Earlier this month plaintiffs firm Milberg LLP became the latest in a long series of lawyers to hitch its wagon to Paul Ceglia "who claims that a 2003 contract with Facebook Inc. (FB) co-founder Mark Zuckerberg gave him half the company" as reported by Bloomberg: "'we took a good hard look at all of the information available, including evidence in Mr. Ceglia's favor, and we believe he deserves to have his day in court,' said Sanford P. Dumain, chairman of Milberg’s executive committee." It's uncertain whether Ceglia will get "his day in court."...
  • New Jersey law enforcement group gives citizenship award to reputed mobster Frank DiMattina

    03/26/2012 8:26:40 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 2 replies · 1+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | 03/26/12 | John Marzulli
    He's a convicted gun-toting extortionist and a reputed mobster, but that didn’t stop a New Jersey statewide law enforcement group from saluting a local caterer as “honored citizen of the month.” Frank (Frankie D) DiMattina was nominated for the award from the New Jersey Honor Legion — a nonprofit with more than 6,000 members in law enforcement — on Feb. 1, three weeks after his Jan. 6 conviction for using a gun to shake down a rival bidder for a Staten Island school lunch contract. * * * DiMattina, who denies he’s a mob associate, has filed a motion to...
  • Grim Reaper Suggests The Mob Hit Joe Colombo

    03/25/2012 4:10:58 PM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Friends of Ours ^ | 03/24/12 | Friends of Ours
    Gregory Scarpa Sr., the Colombo enforcer who did double-duty as an FBI informant, suggests that the mob was behind the 1971 hit on his boss Joe Colombo according to the Bureau's recently-released file on the Grim Reaper. Colombo was shot by Jerome Johnson, a black wannabe mobster, during the June 28, 1971 rally for the Italian American Civil Rights League which served as a public relations front for the mob boss. The investigation into the Colombo hit was little more than perfunctory, and law enforcement quickly concluded Johnson was a lone madman. However, Scarpa said that Johnson was not a...
  • 9 charged in connection with gang rape of 14-year-old girl at party in St. Paul, Minn.

    03/24/2012 4:12:19 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 17 replies · 4+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 03/24/12
    Nine suspected gang members and associates were charged Friday in a sexual attack on a 14-year-old girl who was forced back inside an abandoned St. Paul house and raped after trying to leave a party last November, authorities said. The girl and her friend were picked up at school by one of the men and lured to a party with suspected members of the TB22, or True Blood 22, street gang, prosecutors said.
  • Supergrass: Mob Boss Into Humiliation Games

    03/23/2012 5:16:02 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled
    Friends of Ours ^ | 03/23/12 | Friends of Ours
    Colombo-capo-turned-government-witness Reynold Maragni continued his testimony yesterday in a Brooklyn federal courtroom against former reputed street boss Thomas "Tommy Shots" Gioeli and reputed soldier Dino "Little Dino" Saracino. Maragni testified that Tommy Shots behaved like a control queen who publicly humiliated or "de-pantsed" an alleged mob associate claiming to be a made guy by ordering the supposed wannabe to stand in the corner as reported by John Marzulli for the Daily News: "(Gioeli's) exact words were he was told to, 'Go in the corner and stay there and don't come out. I want you to behave.'" "That's enough to embarrass...
  • Yummy: Mobster On The Menu

    03/22/2012 4:00:33 PM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 25 replies · 1+ views
    Friends of Ours ^ | 03/22/12 | Friends of Ours
    It's one thing when mobsters whack a traitor; it's another thing to eat him. Apparently Milan Jurisic, a fugitive gangster convicted for the assassination of Serbian prime minister Zoran Djindjic in 2003, was on the menu for the Zemun clan after he stole from the crime group as reported by Sky News: "his remains were ground up with a meat grinder, cooked, and eaten, according to a confession by another Zemun Clan member, Sretko Kalinic, nicknamed 'The Butcher.'" The mobster allegedly was served up at a 2009 dinner party for the Zemun clan in Madrid, Spain upon the initiative of...
  • Indicted Union Boss Gets Jersey Shore Relief

    03/22/2012 12:41:43 PM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 1 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 03/22/12 | Friends of Ours
    A union boss charged last October with shaking down businesses by threatening labor unrest "will get to enjoy some fun in the sun while he awaits trial" as reported by Bruce Golding for the New York Post: "Anthony Fazio Jr. won permission today for weekend trips to New Jersey, where his lawyer said 'he frequently sees friends, shops and visits the Jersey Shore.'" Fazio is President of Local 348-s of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union in Brooklyn, NY which was founded by his father Anthony Fazio Sr. According to court papers the FBI has uncovered suspected ties between...
  • FDA panel: Dissolvable tobacco could reduce risks

    03/22/2012 6:27:23 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 10 replies · 1+ views
    A Food and Drug Administration scientific advisory panel says dissolvable tobacco products could reduce health risks compared with smoking cigarettes but also have the potential to increase the overall number of tobacco users. Dissolvable tobacco is finely milled tobacco pressed into shapes like tablets that slowly dissolve in a user's mouth. It is gaining the attention of tobacco companies looking to make up for a decline in cigarette use as smokers face tax hikes, growing health concerns, smoking bans and social stigma.
  • FBI: John Gotti Was "Public Enemy Number 1"

    03/21/2012 12:26:11 PM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 6 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 03/21/12 | Friends of Ours
    Gambino boss John Gotti's "reputation as a fierce and dangerous mafia kingpin . . . established him in the public's conscience as 'public enemy number 1" according to recently released FBI documents, and an Oct. 4, 1990 memo from the New York field office directly to the Bureau's Director explains why the Dapper Don and his administration had become its investigative priority: "The present structure of the family's heirarchy developed as a result of the notoriously violent deaths of PAUL CASTELLANO and THOMAS BILOTTI in December, 1985. These murders combined with the successful prosecutions in NY's investigation entitled Operation Castaway...
  • Opening Statements In Colombo Trial

    03/20/2012 10:35:01 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 3 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 03/20/12 | Friends of Ours
    Federal prosecutors and defense lawyers made their opening arguments yesterday at the racketeering trial in Brooklyn, NY against former Colombo street boss Thomas "Tommy Shots" Gioeli and reputed soldier Dino "Little Dino" Saracino as reported by Mosi Secret for The New York Times. Tommy Shots is accussed of six murders, and Little Dino of three. The government described Gioeli as a brown-nosing careerist who climbed the Colombo ladder by whacking those who betrayed or otherwise displeased the bosses as reported by John Marzulli for the Daily News: "Gioeli ascended to the top of the Colombo crime family as a reward...
  • Feds Released Fast And Furious Target

    03/19/2012 8:53:38 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 4 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 03/19/12 | Friends of Ours
    Manuel Fabian Celis-Acosta, the main target of the Obama Administration's gun walking operation known as Fast and Furious, was apprehended for questioning in May 2010 -- seven months into the disasterous program -- but released after a day when "he pledged to cooperate and keep in touch with investigators" as reported by Richard A. Serrano for the Los Angeles Times: Then Celis-Acosta disappeared into Mexico. He never called. Had they arrested him red-handed trying to smuggle ammunition into Mexico, Fast and Furious might have ended quickly. Instead, the program dragged on for another eight months, spiraling out of control. Celis-Acosta...
  • Trial Starts For Accused Cop Killers

    03/19/2012 4:37:08 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 2 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 03/19/12 | Friends of Ours
    Trial begins today in a Brooklyn federal courtroom against former Colombo street boss Thomas "Tommy Shots" Gioeli and reputed soldier Dino "Little Dino" Saracino as reported by John Marzulli for the Daily News. Tommy Shots and Little Dino are accused -- among multiple other murders -- of carrying out a hit fifteen years ago against NYPD cop Ralph Dolls under the orders of former Colombo acting boss Joel "Joe Waverly" Cacace who "felt disrespected that his ex-wife [Kimberly Kennaugh] had married a police officer." Dolls was Kennaugh's fourth husband, and Cacace her third. Kennaugh's second husband, Colombo soldier Enrico "Eddie"...
  • Report: Vito Rizzuto Plots His Return

    03/18/2012 4:25:49 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 3 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 03/18/12 | Friends of Ours
    Reputed Montreal Mafia boss Vito Rizzuto will avenge the murders of son Nicola and father Nick upon his release from prison in October 2012 according to a jailhouse source as reported by Brad Hamilton for the New York Post: "he's been eating vegetarian, staying fit, sharpening his mind with games of pinochle — and plotting his coup, the source said." Vito Rizzuto currently is serving time at the supermax facility in Florence, CO on a 2007 racketeering conviction involving the 1981 New York City murders of three Bonanno capos during an internal power struggle, and during his incarceration all hell...
  • No New Trial For Serial Killer Charles Carneglia

    03/17/2012 6:13:17 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 1 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 03/17/12 | Friends of Ours
    A federal judge has denied a bid by Gambino killer Charles Carneglia for a new trial. Carneglia was convicted in March 2009 on a racketeering charge involving four murders, and sentenced in September 2009 to life in prison. In moving for a new trial Carneglia argued that his defense lawyer should have put him on the witness stand but Judge Jack Weinstein who presided over the 2009 proceedings wasn't buying it as reported by Mitchel Maddux for the New York Post: "'Taking the witness stand ... would have allowed the government to demonstrate convincingly' that Carneglia was 'incorrigible, with a...
  • DA grilling two 'hookers' and 'money launderer' in case of alleged madam

    03/16/2012 7:54:24 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 6 replies
    New York Post ^ | 03/16/12
    Manhattan prosecutors have secretly arrested at least three key people in Anna Gristina’s alleged escort ring — her accused money launderer and two suspected high-price call girls — and are grilling them for evidence against her, The Post has learned. Court transcripts and other records, along with sources familiar with the case, indicate that the two alleged prostitutes and a mysterious “laundry man” — identified only as a 68-year-old Russian-American — have met privately with authorities to save their own hides and clinch a case against Gristina and her suspected cohort, Jaynie Mae Baker.
  • New Mexico Divorce Lawyer Raymond Van Arnam Caught on Tape Breaking Into Home

    03/15/2012 10:40:21 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 17 replies
    Good Morning America ^ | 03/15/12 | ANDREA CANNING
    Newly released hidden surveillance video captured a New Mexico divorce lawyer raiding his client's estranged husband's house. The video shows Raymond Van Arnam and client Melissa Stonecipher breaking into the home of Stonecipher's husband, Anthony Stonecipher. Their mission was to get Melissa Stonecipher's belongings back from the Alamogordo home. But Anthony Stonecipher had installed cameras around the property and they captured Van Arnam pounding and kicking the home's front door and later gaining access to the back of the house Oct. 28, 2011.
  • Poll: Politics Will Influence Supreme Court’s Health Care Ruling

    03/15/2012 8:35:58 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 10 replies · 1+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 03/15/12 | Sam Favate
    Everyone’s gearing up for the upcoming debate on the health-care law before the Supreme Court at the end of March. Turns out, not a lot of people have faith the case will be decided on its merits. Three-quarters of Americans say the Supreme Court will be influenced by politics when it rules on the constitutionality of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, according to a Bloomberg National Poll.
  • Vance: New DNA Law Will Prevent Murders, Help Solve Old Cases

    03/15/2012 8:25:24 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 34 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 03/15/12 | Reed Albergotti
    On the heels of an announcement that New York will become the first state to collect DNA evidence from nearly all people convicted of crimes, including misdemeanors, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said he was elated.
  • Moroccan girl commits suicide after being forced to marry her rapist

    03/14/2012 11:13:44 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 40 replies · 1+ views
    A 16-year-old Moroccan girl has committed suicide after a judge ordered her to marry her rapist, according to Moroccan media reports.
  • Blagojevich's Last Day of Freedom

    03/14/2012 10:33:20 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 29 replies
    NBC Chicago ^ | 03/14/12
    Convicted former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's final hours of freedom are winding down before he must report to Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) Englewood in Littleton, Colo., Thursday to serve his 14 years for corruption. * * * Blagojevich plans to make a statement at 5:02 p.m. Wednesday. It's not clear what he'll say, nor how he'll spend the hours before he leaves.
  • How About Requiring Rectal Exams for Viagra Prescriptions?

    03/14/2012 8:57:03 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 51 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 03/14/12 | Sam Favate
    In what is shaping up to be the latest chapter in the women’s rights movement, female legislators across the country are introducing bills to regulate men’s health, in an effort to combat several anti-abortion and anti-contraception laws that have been popping up with increasing regularity.
  • Judge: Federal Judiciary Is on the ‘Cusp of a Financial Crisis’

    03/14/2012 8:41:57 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 31 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 03/14/12 | Joe Palazzolo
    “The courts could lose more than one-fourth of their workforce, civil trials could be suspended for months, funds to pay panel attorneys who represent indigent defendants would expire well before the end of the fiscal year, and court security could be severely compromised,” said Judge Julia Gibbons, in remarks to the federal judiciary’s policy-making body.
  • Jobs or Judges? Debate on Judicial Nominees Boils Over in Senate

    03/13/2012 11:46:57 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 18 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 03/13/12 | Joe Palazzolo
    Today marked the first day of a major standoff in the judicial nomination war, as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) tried to break loose 17 judicial nominees tied up by Republicans. On the floor of the Senate, he offered to bring a quick vote on the JOBS Act, a Republican-led jobs bill that passed the House with overwhelming bipartisan support, in return for Republicans dropping their opposition to the nominees.
  • Pennsylvania Postpones Debate on Abortion Ultrasound Bill

    03/13/2012 10:51:39 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 3 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 03/13/12 | Sam Favate
    It seems like we just got finished talking about Virginia’s ultrasound bill – which was signed into law after the governor insisted it be changed to exclude the kind of invasive procedures that ended up being lampooned on SNL — and now lawmakers are tapping the brakes on a similar matter under consideration in Pennsylvania. * * * The Pennsylvania House postponed a scheduled March 12 vote on the bill. House Majority leader Mike Turzai, a Republican, said the debate was cancelled due to “concerns raised by the medical community, among others,” Philly.com reported.
  • Whitey Bulger May Have Penned Memoirs

    03/13/2012 10:15:06 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 2 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 03/13/12 | Friends of Ours
    James "Whitey" Bulger may be a man of letters. When the FBI searched the fugitive mob boss's former home in South Boston in 1995 agents found a manuscript titled My Life in the Irish Mafia Wars, and when they raided his apartment in Santa Monica, CA last year found another autobiographical piece as reported by Shelley Murphy for The Boston Globe: "federal prosecutors revealed the existence of the two documents for the first time in their report detailing all of the evidence which may be used against Bulger and has been shared with his lawyers as required by law." No...
  • Civil Liberties Advocates See Backslide in New Trespass Law

    03/12/2012 9:06:20 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 6 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 03/12/12 | Sam Favate
    Last week, President Obama signed into law the Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011, which has been called “the anti-Occupy” bill, but as the ACLU points out, it was the elimination of one word from an existing law that could make life harder for protesters.
  • Despite Bill Maher’s crude comments, Dem PAC doesn’t have to return comedian’s $1M: Schumer

    03/11/2012 4:57:45 PM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 35 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 03/11/12 | Alison Gendar
    Sen. Chuck Schumer says President Obama’s super PAC doesn’t need to give back the $1 million it got from comedian Bill Maher — even if he’s made crude comments about women. * * * “I mean, look, the bottom line is that Rush Limbaugh’s comments were just nasty and directed at a particular young woman who had a particular point of view and was expressing herself. Bill Maher is a comedian. It’s much different. Rush Limbaugh has tremendous weight in the Republican Party. No one will rebut him. Bill Maher’s a comedian who's on at 11 o’clock at night but...
  • On the Mortgage Meltdown, Has the DOJ Done Enough? Chuck Grassley Has Doubts

    03/11/2012 8:08:09 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 03/09/12 | Ashby Jones
    In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. issued on Friday, Sen. Chuck Grassley asked for a list of cases that detail which convictions were obtained against CEOs, CFOs, board members, presidents and other executives of Wall Street firms and banks. Earlier in the week, Grassley said the DOJ has done a “terrible job” of prosecuting financial crimes. He said: “The Justice Department has brought no criminal cases against any of the major Wall Street banks or executives who are responsible for the financial crisis.”
  • Seven Million Pounds of “Pink Slime” Beef Destined for National School Lunch Program

    03/09/2012 9:01:40 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 37 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 03/09/12 | Sarah B. Weir
    McDonald's and Taco Bell have banned it, but now the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is buying 7 million pounds of beef containing ammonium hydroxide-treated ground connective tissue and meat scraps and serving it up to America's school kids. If you thought cafeteria food was gross before....
  • Judges Lash Out at ‘Tortuous Text’

    03/09/2012 8:04:49 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 5 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 03/09/12 | Joanna Chung
    Lots of people have strong feelings about Medicare. But some of the most passionate outbursts have come from judges trying to sort through its language. James Madison warned in the Federalist Papers about laws “so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood.”
  • Study Finds Future Lawyers May Snub Politics

    03/09/2012 5:24:18 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 13 replies
    The world of politics has become less enticing for young, soon-to-be lawyers, according to a survey of 758 pre-law students released Thursday by Kaplan Test Prep. (Insert lawyer joke here).
  • Murder-Suicide May Derail Mob Cases

    03/09/2012 4:36:05 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Friends of Ours ^ | 03/09/12 | Friends of Ours
    Oh, the humanity! In the Garden State last month Gambino soldier Nicholas "Nicky Skins" Stefanelli whacked video poker machine vendor Joseph Rossi at his offices, and two days later ended his own life in a hotel room with a drug overdose as reported by the Daily News. No, it wasn't a love affair turned sour. Apparently the bloody drama played out after Stefanelli developed remorse over wearing a wire for the feds against his paisanos, and he blamed Rossi who previously snitched for his predicament. Rossi otherwise "was awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to tax-evasion and illegal-gambling charges filed in...
  • Tyco Settlement Lawyers: "No Control" Over $464 Million Fee

    03/08/2012 11:53:21 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 8 replies
    Forbes Magazine ^ | 03/08/12 | Daniel Fisher
    Lawyers who negotiated a $3.2 billion settlement of securities claims against Tyco International in 2007 have a novel argument for why they shouldn’t be required to stick to a contract that would have given them $187 million less in fees: They had “no control” over the matter. * * * In this case G&E negotiated a fee agreement with the Louisiana Teachers in 2002, then replaced it with a 2004 agreement with much lower fees. When the case was finally settled . . . neither G&E nor the pension fund notified the court about the 2004 agreement. The ultimate fee...
  • (FReep this poll) Andrew Breitbart ‘bombshell’ video from Barack Obama’s college days released

    03/08/2012 9:30:18 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 80 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | March 8, 2012
    The 1991 video shows a younger Obama, then president of the Harvard Law Review, speaking at a peaceful, racial equality rally led by professor Derrick Bell. The event was in support of Bell, who was angry over Harvard's failure to offer tenure to black professors. Obama is seen embracing Bell, described by Pollak as the "Jeremiah Wright of academia." What do you think of the video? It will hurt Obama and propels the notion that he's a radical. 22% What a joke. Nothing note-worthy happens in the video. 72% I don't know. 5%
  • Accused Madam Anna Gristina Boasted Of FBI Sources

    03/08/2012 3:43:20 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 13 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 03/08/12 | Friends of Ours
    It's becoming increasingly clear how Anna Gristina allegedly ran her house of prostitution that catered to the ruling class in Gotham City for fifteen years without getting busted. The accused madam says she had law enforcement contacts who ran interference and tipped her as reported by the Daily News: "in secretly recorded conversations [she] boasted about her insider informants throughout law enforcement: the NYPD, the DEA, the FBI and ICE." Indeed, in 2008, during the investigation into the call girl investigation which brought down New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, Gristina recounted a phone call from her "guy in the FBI"...
  • FReep this Poll: Sandra Fluke cartoon reignites debate over law student’s testimony

    03/07/2012 10:29:52 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 36 replies
    Syndicated conservative cartoonist Gary McCoy is receiving some nasty feedback — as well as some positive reviews — for a new cartoon he penned showing an unflattering and obese version of Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown Law School student at the center of the birth control debate. The cartoon shows the Fluke character holding a Pro Choice sign and yelling "STAY OUT OF MY UTERUS GOVERNMENT" in one slide. In the next slide, she says "After paying for my birth control" … while writing "For a good time call … " on a men's bathroom door. Does Gary McCoy's cartoon of...
  • 'Brosiery' and 'mantyhose' take off

    03/07/2012 8:50:15 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 90 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 03/07/12
    If you thought men in tights was a sartorial statement best left to medieval jesters, think again. The underwear staple for women is making its way into wardrobes of the opposite sex - and the look is gaining popularity. If any were in doubt as to the strength of the trend, it even has its own name: Mantyhose.
  • Accused Manhattan madam Anna Gristina reaped all of her millions in cash, source says

    03/07/2012 8:43:36 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 19 replies
    She was the $10 million madam. Anna Gristina’s stable of 50 high-class hookers and the sexual appetites of her highflying clientele helped her reap millions of dollars — all of it cash, sources told the Daily News. * * * The Manhattan district attorney also reportedly has evidence that the married mother of four was involved in a money-laundering operation with an ex-IRS agent and Russian immigrants in Brooklyn, sources said.
  • Facebook Claimant Ceglia Hires Milberg for Zuckerberg Case

    03/07/2012 8:37:30 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 1 replies · 1+ views
    A New York man suing Facebook Inc. for a large ownership stake that he claims to be owed has retained new lawyers to represent him as the social site nears an initial public offering of stock. Paul Ceglia, who sued Facebook in 2010 and says he is entitled to a 50% stake in the firm thanks to an early arrangement with Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg, has retained Milberg LLP to represent him, according to court filings and a statement issued by the firm on Monday.
  • DA: Gotham Brothel For One Percenters

    03/06/2012 5:17:31 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 5 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 03/06/12 | Friends of Ours
    The New York District Attorney's Office has busted Anna Gristina for allegedly running a high-end brothel which sometimes pimped out underage girls and whose johns included the ruling class as reported by the Daily News. The DA opened its investigation five years ago after developing concerns that dirty cops were protecting the suspected madam. In addition to having some high-end clients Gristina also apparently had some high-end help. When the DA's corruption unit arrested Gristina last month she allegedly "was meeting with a partner — who worked at investment banking firm Morgan Stanley — and discussing expanding her business," and...
  • Tort-Scam Takedown

    03/05/2012 7:53:53 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 1 replies
    New York Post ^ | 03/05/12
    That $279 million no-fault insurance scam cops busted Thursday gives added value to the term “ambulance-chasing.” It also shows why New Yorkers, who indirectly foot the tab for the fraud, need serious reform from Albany. (And never mind the ambulance-chaser — er, trial-lawyer — lobbyists fighting for the status quo.) * * * [T]he crackdown casts a bright spotlight on the huge sums New Yorkers are paying unnecessarily for their auto insurance through the no-fault system. And for that, they can thank, in large part, the self-interested tort-law crowd. The fraud ring, dominated by immigrants from the former Soviet Union,...
  • Cushy ‘low-show’ jobs for Mafia kin and friends pay $400K a year

    03/05/2012 5:14:57 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 12 replies · 1+ views
    New York Post ^ | 03/05/12 | JENNIFER FERMINO
    Nice work if you can get it. A small band of longshoremen — including relatives of famous mobsters — were paid for working more than 24 hours a day, every day of the week, at the ports of New York and New Jersey, The Post has learned. And the Port Authority is warning the industry that if it wants public funds for waterfront improvements, it has to stop handing out outrageous perks to favored workers. Many of the top earners raked in over $400,000 — a seemingly-impossible-to-achieve amount considering most earn around $30 an hour.
  • Fred Couples says he feels best he has in years

    03/04/2012 9:56:13 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 02/25/12 | Scott Hansen
    Last year, he began taking Anatabloc, an new anti-inflammatory pill. He liked it so much, he began recommending it to friends, and the company has become one of his sponsors. "It's not going to help my back, but my hands felt better and the areas around the back where I've had hiccups in the past, I haven't had," said Couples, who said his inflammation level has come down. "I'm not going to tell you that it's a wonder drug, but I would say I feel 30 percent better. If I feel 70 percent on a bad day, instead of 50...