A reputed Genovese soldier and two former union officials -- Stephen Depiro, Albert Cernadas and Nunzio LaGrasso, respectively -- pleaded guilty for their roles in extorting Christmas tribute payments from New Jersey dockworkers with Local 1235 of the International Longshoremen's Association as reported by Steve Strunsky for NJ Advance Media.
Genovese capo Michael Coppola was convicted in July 2009 for decades-long extortion against Local 1235, and is serving a 16-year term.
Depiro's guilty plea must be a real blow to the three priests who vouched for him when the reputed mobster sought bail as then reported by George Anastasia for The Inquirer: "in a letter to the court supporting Depiro's request for bail, three priests and a deacon at his church -- St. Theresa's in Kenilworth -- cited 'his sincerity' and his 'participation in pastoral programs' and added that 'some of our parishioners . . . told us they are inspired by his prayerful attitude and kindness.'" Let's just call these priests the three stooges of the Catholic Church, and that's being kind.