IF VINCE FUMO has his way, he'll walk out of prison in less than a year, buy a new house in the Florida Keys, rehabilitate his farm on the Susquehanna River and score a million-dollar yacht if he's able to be relieved of restitution payments he owes.
He'll also pen a book, tentatively titled The Senator, with freelance journalist Ralph Cipriano, use lobbying in Harrisburg as a supplemental source of income and exact revenge against prosecutors and political allies who crossed him, according to a court filing from U.S. attorneys released late last week.
Fumo is planning his next steps, including his shopping spree, with fiancee Carolyn Zinni and others, despite his resentencing Nov. 9, which a U.S. Court of Appeals panel ordered because it found that the judge in Fumo's corruption case erred when he gave the former state senator and Democratic power broker only 55 months in a federal lockup.
Fumo unveiled his dream scenario in a trove of emails released late last week in the filing from Assistant U.S. Attorneys Robert Zauzmer and John Pease, who described Fumo as "a vengeful, spiteful and completely remorseless individual who is incapable of recognizing the wrongfulness of his actions."
The emails were released as the government is pushing U.S. District Judge Ronald L. Buckwalter to resentence Fumo to at least 15 years in prison for the 137 counts of fraud, tax evasion and obstruction of justice on which he was convicted.
Fumo's attorneys want the same 55-month sentence Buckwalter imposed in July 2009.
Throughout the thousands of Fumo's emails that the government has received, the disgraced state senator went on numerous rants, calling himself a scapegoat and referring to his incarceration as a "travesty of justice." He compared himself in a May 28 message to Jews in concentration camps and prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, according to the filing. In another message, he wrote, "I will repay all of those a--holes some day!"
In yet another email, Fumo reportedly took a shot at People's Paper columnist Ronnie Polaneczky, who had praised prosecutors for pursuing an appeal of his sentence.
The feds said Fumo "wrote a string of sexual epithets about the columnist so crude and debased" that they wouldn't publish it.
Fumo's attorneys warned him about what he wrote in the emails, which were subject to monitoring. Attorney Dennis Cogan said that the defense had gotten the emails on Friday.