Leland Yee, the former state senator from San Francisco, has pleaded guilty "to one count of racketeering of taking part in a criminal enterprise to use his political position to accept bribes" as reported by KGO.
Ironworker Richard Ritchie from Local 401 in Philadelphia, PA has been sentenced to four years in prison following his federal racketeering and extortion conviction for using violence against non-union job sites as reported by Jeremy Roebuck for The Inquirer: "prosecutors have described Ironworkers Local 401 as a union in which intimidation and violence served as more than just a negotiating tactic -- they were ingrained into the structure of the organization," and Ritchie told the sentencing judge "he had been 'bred' into the union's way of doing things."
The defendants include Ralph Perna, the 69-year-old top boss of the crime family in New Jersey, and his son, Joseph Perna, 45, of Wyckoff, both of whom pleaded guilty on Wednesday to first-degree racketeering, acting state Attorney General John Hoffman said in a press release. Four others -- John Mangrella, 72, of Clifton; John G. Perna, 38, of West Caldwell; Matthew Madonna, 80, of Seldon, N.Y.; and Martin Taccetta, 64, formerly of East Hanover -- also pleaded guilty to racketeering charges.
The six were among 34 defendants charged in May 2010.
New Jersey prosecutors in their press release announcing the guilty pleas identify Madonna as "a member of the three-man ruling panel of the Lucchese crime family," and advise that "charges are pending against a second ruling member, Joseph DiNapoli."
Eric Patten and Dominick Barone were sentenced to 18 and 22 months in prison, respectively, for their roles in operating a sports betting website allegedly tied to reputed Genovese mobster Joseph Lascala in North Jersey as reported by Ben Shapiro for The Jersey Journal: "Patten acted as a bookie for the website, and Barone helped carry out the day to day activities of the operation." The two defendants were among 13 arrested in May 2012 for their alleged roles in the online operation. So far 80-year-old Lascala is holding out for trial.