State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo, the Great White Shark of Philadelphia politics, is trailing figurative blood - in the form of a federal indictment - and several people are thinking about taking advantage in next year's Democratic primary.
The president of Verizon Pennsylvania struck a secret "gentleman's agreement" with State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo under which the phone company agreed to pay millions to a law firm of Fumo's choosing, according to court testimony yesterday.
A federal judge ruled yesterday that thousands of pages of investigatory material gathered in the probe of State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo should remain secret.
One was a South Philly pol. The other, a patrician.
But they both loved expensive things, and they both stuck the Independence Seaport Museum with the tab, federal prosecutors allege.
John S. Carter, the former Independence Seaport Museum president, had taste, a great job, and bosses who didn't watch him very closely - three things he used to live the good life.
Prosecutors said yesterday that State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo's lawyer, Richard A. Sprague, has a likely conflict of interest because he also represented the alleged victims in the case - and could even be called as a witness himself at next year's trial.
The federal probe that led to the indictment of State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo continues to investigate potential wrongdoing, including possible perjury by witnesses, prosecutors said yesterday.
Long before the government puts State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo on trial - an event that isn't likely to happen for a year - the senator's lawyers intend to put the government on trial.
The case was federal, and one of the defendants was State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo. But the year was 1980, and that was another era in Philadelphia politics and in FBI corruption probes.
The speaker introducing the guest of honor went on and on about how brilliant the guest was, how he could have been anything - a surgeon, maybe - but became a politician so he could help more people. People like his listeners there in the Queen Village kitchen.
The four-year investigation of State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo is coming to an end, and lawyers familiar with the case expect him to be indicted soon, possibly as early as Tuesday.
Stockholders of the bank chaired by State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo yesterday approved selling it, signaling the end of an institution founded by his grandfather 84 years ago - and delivering a payout of about $19 million to Fumo.
Federal prosecutors last year sent a formal warning to State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo that he may be indicted, according to sources familiar with the investigation.