Nicholas A. Civella, the 59-year-old son of one-time Kansas City mob boss Anthony Civella, was sentenced to 21 months in a federal prison "for being a drug user in possession of a firearm" after a police search of his home in February 2012 uncovered methamphetamine and a 9mm handgun as reported by Tony Rizzo for The Kansas City Star.
Nicholas A. Civella -- the 59-year-old son of one-time Kansas City mob boss Anthony Civella -- made his "initial appearance in court Wednesday on a charge of being a drug user illegally in possession of a firearm" as reported by Mark Morris for The Kansas City Star:
The charges on the table before Civella alleged that on Feb. 22, 2012, he possessed both a 9 mm pistol and methamphetamine * * * Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Becker did not explain at the hearing why
prosecutors had waited almost a year to bring charges against Civella.
Becker did, however, caution the court about appointing a defense lawyer
to represent Civella from those attorneys involved in a related federal
Perhaps the mobster's son is cooperating with federal authorities?
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid long has been dogged by allegations that he was a tool of the Mafia during his former days as Chairman of the Nevada Gaming Commission, and it now is time for him to resolve the controversy by authorizing the release of his FBI file.
Reid was called "'Mr. Clean Face' by Kansas City mobster Joe Agosto who had turned federal witness in the FBI's case against the mob skimming of casino dollars," and "Agosto was recorded on FBI tape saying that 'I gotta Clean Face in my pocket'" as reported by John Kass for the Chicago Tribune.
Reid says he was called "Clean Face" because he was beyond reproach, and state gaming regulators say Agosto's claim otherwise was an untrue boast.
Who ya gonna believe: the mobster or the politician?
It's finally time to put this controversy to rest, and the power to do so is all in the hands of the good senator. Reid can request his FBI file under The Privacy Act which allows citizens to request information on themselves, and he should obtain and release this material in order that the public can learn whether it contains any conclusions by the FBI concerning the mob allegations. If Harry Reid fails to do so, reasonable people may be left with no other choice but to assume the worst against him.
The Mob Museum opened last week in Las Vegas, NV in the old courthouse where Sen. Estes Kefauver held one of his 1950 committee hearings into organized crime.
Among the artifacts the Mob Museum contains is the bullet-riddled brick wall against which seven men from Bugs Moran's gang were lined up and gunned down by Al Capone's crew in the 1929 St. Valentine's Day massacre.
In order to avoid a retaliatory war -- so the theory goes -- Capone arranged for himself to be placed in protective custody for a year at the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, PA until things cooled down in The Windy City as reported by George Anastasia from The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Although the Mob Museum generally is getting great reviews it inexplicably has a few notable omissions as reported by John Kass for the Chicago Tribune: "there were only a few brief mentions of Chicago Outfit boss Paul 'The Waiter' Ricca — and no mention at all of a famous U.S. senator from Nevada known to the mob as 'Mr. Clean Face.'"
Ricca "for decades held Las Vegas in the palm of one hand," and "Clean Face" apparently is Sen. Harry Reid who back in the day was the chairman of the Nevada Gaming Commission.
Reid was called "'Mr. Clean Face' by Kansas City mobster Joe Agosto, who had turned federal witness in the FBI's case against the mob skimming of casino dollars," and "Agosto was recorded on FBI tape saying that 'I gotta Clean Face in my pocket.'" The now U.S. Senator says he was called "Clean Face" because he was beyond reproach, and state gaming regulators say Agosto's claim otherwise was an untrue boast. Who ya gonna believe: the mobster or the politician?