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Archive for October 18th, 2008

N.Y. Mobster Complained About Not Getting Paid For Hit

Mobster Joseph “Joe Black” Young may have been a little too frank with an FBI informant. Jurors in Brooklyn are hearing just how frank he was.

John Marzulli
New York Daily News
BROOKLYN — A reputed hit man for the Bonanno crime family got stiffed on his paycheck for the gruesome gangland murder at creepy Kreischer Mansion in Staten Island, prosecutors said Thursday.
Joseph (Joe Black) Young was secretly taped bragging to an FBI informant about the quality of his handiwork in the rubout of mob associate Robert McKelvey, then complaining he didn’t get paid the promised $10,000.
The jury in Young’s racketeering and murder trial heard earlier how he allegedly drowned, dismembered and incinerated the victim.
Thursday, jurors in Brooklyn Federal Court listened to recordings of informant John (The Turk) Mergen seeking details.
“I am sick. I am disgustingly good,” Young gushed. “When I was done, powder was all that was left. You know like, like dust.”
“Burned to a crisp?” Mergen pressed.
“[Burned] to f—— ridiculous,” Young said.
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Read About Bonanno Crime Family In Superseding Indictment

Ex-Metro Supervisor Gets 3 Years For Stealing $560,000+

Ex-Metro supervisor Marcia Anderson took the Washington region’s subway system for a ride.

By Theola Labbé-DeBose
Washington Post Staff Writer
WASHINGTON — A former Metro supervisor who stole more than $560,000 from the transit agency was sentenced yesterday to three years in prison and ordered to pay back the money once she is released.
Marcia Anderson, 47, told U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly in Washington that she regretted committing what transit officials said is the largest theft in Metro’s history.
“I sincerely apologize to everyone who had faith and had trust in me,” Anderson said. “Give me whatever punishment you see fit, because I did something wrong.”
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Read Sentencing Memorandum

Arizona Rep. Rick Renzi Says FBI Wiretaps Illegal

Rep. Rick Renzi/official photo

Rep. Rick Renzi/official photo

Rep. Rick Renzi says the FBI violated his constitutional rights as a Congressman under the Speech Or Debate Clause —  the same argument other indicted politicians have made including Sen. Ted Stevens and Rep. William J. Jefferson.

By Dennis Wagner
The Arizona Republic
U.S. Rep. Rick Renzi was wiretapped by one of his former aides during a federal investigation into a land deal that led to the third-term Arizona congressman’s indictment on extortion and other charges.
The role of that congressional staffer and others is disclosed in a motion filed by Renzi’s attorneys, who seek to have much of the government’s evidence thrown out because they say the FBI violated constitutional shields protecting lawmakers from interference in their official actions.
The U.S. District Court motion says Joanne Keene, Renzi’s former legislative director, cooperated with the FBI by secretly recording phone conversations with her ex-boss concerning the land transaction.
The motion also alleges that FBI agents improperly questioned Keene and other ex-Renzi staffers, as well as one working for him at the time, about his role in the land-swap deal. The FBI then used that information to secure search warrants and a court-approved wiretap of the congressman’s phone, the motion says.
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Read Renzi Motion To Dismiss #1

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Read Renzi Motion To Dismiss #3