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Archive for February 28th, 2009

Departing Kansas City U.S. Atty. Remembered for His Visual Aids

U.S. Atty. John Wood/doj photo

U.S. Atty. John Wood/doj photo

He came into the job when the Justice Department was embroiled in controversy. But he managed to navigate in the job with skill.

By Mark Morris
Kansas City Star
KANSAS CITY — John F. Wood loves visual aids.

If he left one lasting impression during his 22-month tenure as U.S. attorney in Kansas City, it was of him standing at a news conference, pointing to a map or chart that, depending on the case, showed how:

•Chinese women were trafficked into Johnson County massage parlors.

•Illegally obtained tax refunds traveled from bank accounts in Kansas City to Kenya.

•Contributions to a Columbia nonprofit purportedly supported a terrorist-linked orphanage in Pakistan.

•Raw materials from China allegedly contributed to an illegal scheme to make and sell anabolic steroids in the U.S.

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Terrorism Suspect Going to U.S. Court (Washington Post)

FBI to Resume Digging in New York for Mobster Bodies

When you don’t succeed, dig dig again. Yes, the FBI is returning to East Farmingdale to dig again for mobster bodies. The FBI went digging at the site last year after getting information that the land was used as a mobster burial site. Agents ended up unearthing the body of Colombo family underboss William Cutolo.


BY ROBERT E. KESSLER
Newsday

FBI agents plan to return to an apparent mob cemetery in East Farmingdale on Monday to try to uncover two more bodies they believe were buried there by hit men, an FBI spokesman said late Friday.

The renewed excavation plans come after two leaders of the Colombo organized crime family were sentenced Friday to life in prison for the murder of a rival whose body was uncovered there in October.

Alphonse Persico, the acting boss of the Colombo family, and John DeRoss, a ranking capo, showed no emotion as federal Judge Joanna Seybert in Central Islip sentenced them for the 1999 murder of William Cutolo, once the family’s underboss.

Prosecutors said Persico and DeRoss had Cutolo murdered, because they feared he would take over.

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