City Hall's inhabitants have been monitoring very closely the federal corruption trial of former state Sen. Vince Fumo pretty closely since it started in October. A lot of people in this building got their start in politics by way of Fumo. One of them is City Councilman Jim Kenney, who spread word in a committee hearing this morning that the jury had come back with a verdict.
Kenney later expressed sadness for Fumo and his family but not surprise at the verdict. He said juries seem more likely to convict these days. Kenney hasn't spoken to Fumo in weeks and didn't ask about the trail when they caught up. "When I talk to him that’s the one subject I don’t talk about," Kenney said. "It’s like being sick and having people ask you how you’re feeling."