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."
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. * * * The DiTommasos are on trial on perjury charges in The Bronx for telling a grand jury that Interstate didn't pay for the work. "Absolutely
not," Kerik said, when asked by a DiTommaso lawyer whether the brothers
ever even discussed the renovations with him.
The stunning reversal may set Kerik up for a perjury charge in connection with his 2009 allocution before a federal judge, and save the DiTimmaso brothers from a guilty finding by the jury at their ongoing trial.
Bernard Kerik, the former NYC police commissioner and one-time nominee to lead the U.S. Homeland Security Department, has been stewing in a federal prison for accepting free work on a home renovation, and yesterday the ex-top cop changed out of his prison jumpsuit into civilian clothes in order to testify in a Bronx courtroom at the perjury trial of former friends Frank and Peter DiTommaso as reported by Daniel Beekman for the Daily News:
The DiTommaso brothers are charged with lying to a 2006 grand jury investigating Kerik for improprieties dating to the late 1990s. The brothers, who owned a construction company that was under investigation for mafia ties, said they didn't pay for renovations to Kerik's
Riverdale apartment in 1999. But the NYPD bigwig later admitted that they did.
Barack Obama's administration supplied the Mexican drug cartels with thousands of high-powered assault weapons pursuant to an operation dubbed Fast and Furious which have killed over 200 people, including border patrol agent Brian Terry, and now in Nixonian-style all the President's men are engaged in a coverup campaign which includes outright lies and obstructionist schemes before the Congressional committee investigating the bloody mess.
Yesterday a clearly exasperated House Oversight Committee was left with no option but to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt after he refused to produce relevant documents to investigators by relying upon the new-found claim of executive privilege.
Even though the Congressional inquiry was commenced more than a year ago on the immediate heels of Brian Terry's murder, the White House now cynically asserts that the search for truth is nothing more than election year politics. Have you no shame, Mr. President? A federal agent was murdered by mob thugs who were armed by your administration, and your only response to the inquiry is a feeble claim of political witchhunt? Of course, the White House never cared about Brian Terry's murder in the first instance so it simply cannot understand that others may be motivated by factors other than politics -- you know, things like justice for the fallen agent and compassion for his family.
Indeed, last November Holder admitted that he did not even bother to muster an apology to the Terry family for their loss, and arrogantly -- and wrongly -- told Congress that "it is not fair . . . to assume that the mistakes that happened in Fast & Furious directly led to the death of Agent Terry."
"Mistakes that happened?" From the start Fast and Furious at the very least was an idiotic operation if not a criminal scheme. Of course, there's always felony stupid which likely explains President Obama's sudden move to block the investigation by dubiously invoking executive privilege over the presumably damning documents.
No wonder the National Border Patrol Council which represents the nation's 17,000 border agents has called for the resignation of Attorney General Eric Holder as reported by Jerry Seper for The Washington Times: "Council President George E. McCubbin III, a 25-year Border Patrol veteran himself, described Mr. Holder's actions in the case as 'a slap in the face to all Border Patrol agents who serve this country,' adding that the attorney general has shown 'an utter failure of leadership at the highest levels of government.'"
When the top law enforcement officer in the country no longer has the confidence of the boots on the ground it's time for him to resign.
Barack Obama commands so little respect that some members of the Secret Service apparently treated the President's visit to Colombia as little more than a debaucherous spring break as reported by CNN: "roughly a dozen Secret Service agents and officers are being investigated over early findings that they allegedly brought back several prostitutes to a hotel in Cartagena."
Moral collapse, criminal breaches and policy debacles within federal law enforcement agencies have become an increasing problem under the Obama Administration.
Last week disgraced former FBI agent Adrian Busby was sentenced to a year and a day in prison after making false statements to impede a criminal investigation into a confidential informant with whom he was having an affair as reported by Robert Gearty for the Daily News.
Perhaps the greatest crisis within the law enforcement under Team Obama has been the gun walking operation by the ATF known as Fast and Furious. More than 200 people, including U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, have been murdered by guns supplied to the Mexican drug cartels by the United States government pursuant to Fast and Furious, and recently forty high-powered assault weapons from the operation were found in the home of a reputed enforcer for the Sinaloa cartel as reported by Richard A. Serrano for the Los Angeles Times: "'These Fast and Furious guns were going to Sinaloans, and they are killing everyone down there,' said one knowledgeable U.S. government source, who asked for anonymity because of the ongoing investigations."