Michael Edward Hingle has been charged with obstructing justice and false statements to federal agents in connection with allegedly tipping off a suspected Hells Angel target in a drug investigation in San Jose, CA as reported by Howard Mintz for San Jose Mercury News.
An appellate court described Langella's conviction and sentencing history in a 2010 opinion rejecting his never-ending bid for parole:
Langella's convictions stemmed from his involvement in the Colombo Organized Crime Family of La Cosa Nostra, a criminal enterprise that for many years engaged in racketeering, extortion, loan-sharking, embezzlement, bribery, and various other illegal schemes in New York City. In 1985, Langella received a ten-year prison sentence for making false statements to a grand jury. In 1986 and 1987, Langella was convicted of racketeering offenses related to the construction industry. Specifically, Langella and his coconspirators managed to control concrete-pouring jobs in Manhattan and extort payoffs from contractors as a price for allowing them to submit successful bids on construction jobs. The aggregate prison term for all three convictions exceeded 101 years, and when Langella was last sentenced in 1987, the sentencing judge recommended that he never be released on parole. The Department of Justice produced a report in connection with Langella's sentence that identified Langella as one of the most dangerous criminals in the country and recommended that he serve the maximum term of incarceration permitted by law.
Langella made his first bid for parole in 1996, and at that hearing David N. Kelley, then-Chief of the Organized Crime and Terrorism Unit of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, testified that several cooperating witnesses and informants -- including grim reaper Gregory Scarpa Sr. -- had "identified Langella as being responsible for ordering murders carried out by the Colombo Family."
Although the Mafia and its apologists insist that the so-called men of honor are not involved in the drug trade the basis for Langella's 1985 conviction was his false statements to the grand jury concerning his attendance at May 6, 1981 meeting where the Colombo and DeCavalcante crime families met to divide turf for narcotics distribution.
The drug trade has always been the most lucrative racket for organized crime, and at the end of the day Langella was nothing more than a degenerate doper.
Lawyers are known as liars, and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. has commissioned a study to get to the bottom of it as reported by Jacob Gershman for The Wall Street Journal: "more than a thousand judges and lawyers have been asked to fill out a
confidential online survey seeking their help 'in assessing the
prevalence, significance, and effect of perjury and false statements in
the New York County civil justice system.'"
Anthony Colandra will get five years pursuant to a plea deal with federal prosecutors for lying "about his role as a trigger-man in a double-hit during the Colombo crime family's bloody factional war two decades ago" as reported by Mitchel Maddux for the New York Post: "Brooklyn federal prosecutors say that Colandra was part of a hit team
-- and one of two gunmen -- who carried out the bloody killing of
renegade Colombo crime-family member John Minerva, who was shot dead
along with a friend, Michael Imbergamo."
Apparently Colandra renounced the mob shortly after the murders, became a DEA informant and now enjoys church life.
Several cops in Miami, FL may face federal charges for their suspected roles in providing protection services to a gambling ring that operated out of a Liberty City barber shop as reported by The Miami Herald: "officers frequented the barber shop so often that one gambler told
county police he thought the place was being run by the Miami Police
Department, court records show."
Meanwhile, in an unrelated ongoing corruption trial, Sgt. Raul Iglesias who once led a team in the Miami Police Department's Crime Suppression Unit, is accused of planting drugs on suspects, stealing from dealers and lying to investigators as reported by The Miami Herald.
Brothers Frank and Peter DiTommaso were accused of lying before a grand jury about free work on a home renovation for one-time NYC police commissioner Bernie Kerik, and a Bronx jury has acquitted Frank but convicted Peter as reported by Dan Beekman for the Daily News. Kerik is serving time in a federal facility on corruption charges, and was called by Bronx prosecutors as a "reluctant witness" at the DiTommaso trial where the former top cop testified that the DiTommaso brothers did not pick up the $250,000 tab which was in seeeming contradiction of his 2009 allocution as reported by Douglas Montero and Dan Mangan for the New York Post:
"in his two separate guilty pleas, Kerik
said the brothers' New
Jersey-based Interstate Industrial Corp. and its subsidiaries paid for
work done on his Riverdale apartment in 2000."