us v DePeri,et al — While I was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Philadelphia, I was the lead prosecutor in a series of corruption prosecutions which led to the convictions of 35 Philadelphia Police officers, including the Deputy Commissioner of police, James Martin (sentenced to 18 years), two Chief Inspectors, and numerous other ranking officers. The case involved the prosection of long standing bribery and extortion, in which police officers were taking payoffs from vice figures to not enforce the vice laws. Payoffs were picked up regularly and passed up the chain of command, reaching as high as Martin, who had been designated by then Mayor Wilson Goode to head up the police anti-corruption efforts. Unknown to the Mayor, Martin was spearheading the payoff scheme.
These cases resulted in numerous jury trials, including the lead case in which Martin, Chief Inspector Joseph DePeri and others were convicted by a jury of racketeering and Hobbs Act Extortion. We used the RICO statute to indict the citywide conspiracy and pull different aspects of the case into a unitary indictment. These cases also resulted in exposing and ending, for some period of time, the so called "conspiracy of silence" in which police officers had historically refused to testify against other officers they knew to be engaged in illegal activity. This series of cases had at least 10 officers cooperating with the prosecution, many of whom testified at the trial of fellow officers. It was the ending of the "conspiracy of silence" which served as a real deterrent toward similar conduct in the future.
This case also featured one law enforcement organization investigating another-FBI v. Philadelphia Police, and involved many unprecedented law enforcement decisions.
Representation Of Ferranti International, Plc — Ferranti was the third largest defense contractor in the UK and merged with a defense contractor in Lancaster, Pa--International Signal Corp, headed by a CEO named James Guerin. Guerin defrauded Ferranti in the merger and it was subsequently discovered that the fraud was one of the largest in defense contracting history in the U.S, at the time it occurred. Guerin was sentenced to 12 years in prison. I represented the victim Ferranti in numerous actions, including both trial and non trial dispositions directed against Guerin and his co-conspiratos to recover the vast sums by which Ferranti was defrauded. This representation spanned over a decade and involved the recovery of millions of dollars from various defendants and entities. There were complex issues involving jurisdiction, foreign entities, offshore bank accounts, and legal issues of first impression.
Antitrust Investigation into Alleged Bid Rigging — I represented a company and its CEO in an Antitrust Division investigation into alleged bid rigging among competitors. The case resulted in no charges being brought by the Antitrust Division after the cooperating witness was discredited and his allegations refuted. The Company and its CEO were at risk for being put out of business and into jail(for the CEO), but the Response to the allegations convinced the Division that its cooperating witness was trying to lower his own sentence and was not a credible witness. The case was declined.
Investigation of CEO of Pharmaceutical firm — Representation of Fortune 500 CEO. Investigation resulted in no charges against the CEO and a Corporate resolution. The career of the executive was saved by the successful response to the criminal and civil investigations. The case was extremly challenging because of the possible threat overhanging the case that a "Responsible Corporate Officer" charge could be brought--basically a strict liability criminal theory sometimes used against top executives. Fortunately, the Government was persuaded to not bring his particular charge.
Representation Of US Congressman — Congressman accused of financial improprieties. This was a full scale investigation, threatening the Representative''''s career and reputation. We were successful in refuting the allegations and heading off any criminal charges or disciplinary actions. The allegations were proven to be unfounded and based on unreliable information from a disgruntled former staffer.