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  • Boy in 2002 incident denies abuse: Sandusky lawyer

    11/14/2011 8:43:02 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 381 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov.14, 2011 | Edith Honan, Ernest Scheyder, James Kelleher and Kristina Cooke
    STATE COLLEGE, Pa (Reuters) - The lawyer for the Penn State football coach charged with child sex abuse said in an interview on Monday the boy at the center of a 2002 incident detailed in the grand jury's report had been identified and said it never happened. Jerry Sandusky, the former defensive coordinator for the Penn State Nittany Lions, was arrested more than a week ago on charges he sexually abused eight young boys over a 15-year period. Speaking to sportscaster Bob Costas, Joe Amendola, who represents Sandusky, said "we anticipate we're going to have at least several of those...
  • Teflon Jr. Gotti avoids 5th NY racketeering trial

    01/14/2010 2:40:50 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 9 replies · 610+ views
    hosted ^ | Jan 14 | LARRY NEUMEISTER
    John "Junior" Gotti seemingly has his father's knack for avoiding conviction. Federal prosecutors have decided not to seek a fifth racketeering trial against the 45-year-old Gotti, the son of one of the most notorious mobsters in the United States, the Teflon Don, John Gotti. While the Gambino family crime boss eventually was convicted of racketeering, the younger Gotti, who insists he left organized crime a decade ago, avoided conviction in four trials. There won't be a fifth. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara issued a one-paragraph statement Wednesday saying prosecutors had decided not to seek another trial "in light of the circumstances."...
  • Feds drop 5-year probe of Perata - no charges

    05/27/2009 10:49:33 AM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies · 521+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/27/9 | Susan Sward, Lance Williams, Chronicle Staff Writers
    SACRAMENTO -- Former state Senate leader Don Perata, who has been the target of a five year-long FBI corruption investigation, will not be charged with any crimes, sources told The Chronicle today. In declining to indict the 64-year-old Oakland Democrat, federal prosecutors in Sacramento put an end to a wide-ranging FBI probe into whether Perata had taken hundreds of thousands of dollars of kickbacks in return for actions he took as a legislator and as president pro tem of the Senate. Perata announced in March that he would run for mayor of Oakland in 2010. The government's decision not to...
  • CA: Perata asks for federal probe of U.S. Attorney in Sacramento

    03/11/2009 6:23:16 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 337+ views
    Capitol Weekly ^ | 3/11/09 | John Howard
    Former Senate Leader Don Perata filed a formal request with the U.S. Justice Department Wednesday for an investigation into the conduct of the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s office in Sacramento, who he contends abused their authority by resurrecting a lengthy ethics investigation of Perata. The request was submitted by George O’Connell, Perata’s lawyer and a former U.S. Attorney in Sacramento, with the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General. The office, among other things, conducts investigations into complaints against Justice Department personnel, including FBI personnel. The request was filed with Inspector General Glen Fine. O’Connell’s action stems from the...
  • GOTTI HIT OF 'ACID' (SON'S KILLER IN VAT)

    01/08/2009 3:00:04 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 30 replies · 1,870+ views
    New York Post ^ | January 8, 2009 | KATI CORNELL
    <p>The man who accidentally ran over John Gotti's young son was allegedly dumped in a vat of acid by a twisted Gambino hit man.</p> <p>Charles Carneglia, 62, who is awaiting trial for five Mafia murders, once boasted of his sick specialty in a tutorial for a turncoat would-be mobster, explaining "that acid was the best method to use to avoid detection," according to court papers filed yesterday.</p>
  • Perata out, Sen. Darrell Steinberg in

    02/07/2008 10:08:50 PM PST · by SmithL · 17 replies · 175+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/7/8 | Matthew Yi
    A state senator from Sacramento received a nod from his Democratic colleagues Thursday to replace Senate President Don Perata of Oakland when the East Bay legislator is forced out by term limits at the end of the year. Senate Democrats, who hold the majority in the upper house, met Thursday morning and agreed to get behind Sen. Darrell Steinberg to succeed Perata. But the caucus will not vote until Aug. 21, a week before the legislative session is scheduled to end. "At the right time, after Sen. Perata's term ends, I will be ready to go," Steinberg said at a...
  • SACRAMENTO: 3 senators locked out of offices by Perata

    03/13/2007 8:11:45 AM PDT · by SmithL · 17 replies · 936+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/13/7 | Greg Lucas
    Sacramento -- Three Democratic senators were locked out of their Capitol offices Monday by Senate leader Don Perata as retaliation for attending an event to raise money to help elect moderate Democrats. Perata, an Oakland Democrat, declined to comment on the action, but aides said he was punishing the three lawmakers for disobeying a rule forbidding members to show loyalty to what has been known as the "Moderate Democrat" caucus. Perata's action highlights the rift in Democratic politics between liberals who hold leadership roles and more moderate members who tend to adopt more pro-business stands. It also illustrates how concerned...
  • Builders give Perata $500,000 (Davis-lite but not Peratagate ammo)

    08/25/2006 8:57:32 PM PDT · by Amerigomag · 5 replies · 269+ views
    Sac Bee via SHNS ^ | 08-25-2006 | JIM SANDERS
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A campaign committee controlled by Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata received a half-million dollars this week from the California Building Industry Association, two days after the lawmaker killed flood-control legislation opposed by the group. The $500,000 contribution was made to Rebuilding California, formed by Perata to promote the transportation, housing, flood control and other bond measures on the Nov. 7 ballot. The massive donation on Thursday came after Perata's disclosure on Tuesday that he has shelved a package of eight flood-control bills touted as a way to reduce flooding risk in the Central Valley and other...
  • FBI jumpstarts Perata probe; police academy class scrubbed -- no funds

    03/15/2006 8:00:52 AM PST · by SmithL · 8 replies · 290+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Ides of March | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross
    Theeeeey're back! After months of relative quiet, the Justice Department has kicked its influence-peddling investigation of state Senate leader Don Perata into gear again, with FBI agents interviewing members of the Oakland City Council over the past couple of days. The interviews, conducted at council members' offices, appear to center on whether Perata, D-Oakland, was leaning on council members to vote in ways that would indirectly help his friends and relatives. "Basically, they wanted to know what kind of influence Don had on votes," said Councilman Larry Reid, who was interviewed by the FBI on Monday. Reid said the...
  • Perata changes mind on Prop. 82 [Meathead's Goverment-Nanny Initiative]

    03/01/2006 7:51:36 AM PST · by SmithL · 3 replies · 372+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 3/1/6 | Kevin Yamamura and Jim Sanders
    Preschool ballot measure has fatal flaws, Senate leader says. Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, one of the state's leading Democrats, on Tuesday withdrew his support for a universal preschool ballot proposal in another blow to actor Rob Reiner's initiative. Perata, at a breakfast meeting with The Bee Capitol Bureau, said his reversal on Proposition 82 was unrelated to mounting criticism of Reiner's dual leadership roles with the First 5 California Commission and the political campaign to pass the $2.4 billion initiative. Instead, the Oakland Democrat said his own analysis determined the plan has fatal flaws.Proposition 82 would increase income...
  • California to Secede From Union

    11/13/2005 10:35:27 PM PST · by cyborg · 173 replies · 4,102+ views
    Sacramento—In a bold, yet unexpected move, California has decided to dissolve all ties with the United States of America. It is reported, that on Tuesday, November 15, 2005, the California legislature will vote to secede from the Union. The vote comes in an answer to the agonizing defeat of Governor Schwarzenegger’s propositions at the voting booths. The voters have made it clear that they don’t want any change in California. They have demonstrated to Governor Schwarzenegger that they want to leave things alone, keep the status quo. “I’m glad the propositions went down,” stated Autumn Keely, a registered Democrat. “I’m...
  • CA: Coup try in Senate virtually certain

    11/19/2004 7:46:08 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 618+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 11/19/04 | Steve Geissinger
    SACRAMENTO -- With the FBI and a federal grand jury reportedly investigating him, incoming Democratic state Senate leader Don Perata of Oakland almost certainly faces a coup attempt by a Southern California senator who narrowly lost that leadership post to him, sources said Thursday. The ouster attempt might even be staged by another lawmaker as a new, post-election upper house begins work next month, numerous Capitol sources said on the condition their names not be used. Removal of Perata from the post of president pro tem -- the second-most- powerful elected job after the governor -- would leave the Bay...
  • CA: Teflon No More? - Federal probe into lobbyist reportedly targets Perata.

    11/18/2004 7:18:09 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 549+ views
    East Bay Express ^ | 11/18/04 | Robert Gammon
    Over the past decade, state Senator Don Perata has come to be known as "The Teflon Don," based upon his ability to weather criticism of questionable financial transactions without anything sticking to him. Time after time, Perata has emerged from controversy stronger than ever. He is the unquestioned leader of Oakland's Democratic political machine, and is weeks away from taking over as president of the California Senate. But now, sources say, the Teflon may be starting to show some deep scratches. The FBI is reportedly targeting Perata in a federal grand jury investigation that focuses on an influential Oakland lobbyist...