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May 4, 2001 | STEPHEN BRAUN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Tough, head shaven and defiantly mute about his career as an arsonist and drug dealer, Ralph Natale emerged from 16 years in prison with the perfect, old-school pedigree to return the Philadelphia mob to its days of criminal glory. Released on parole in 1994, the new boss lectured his young capos and street soldiers as he ordered them to kill. He wanted to instill an army's iron discipline.
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May 5, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
The FBI bailed Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino out of a $15,000 gambling debt at the same time it was gathering evidence against him, a witness testified at the trial of the reputed Philadelphia mob boss. Merlino had borrowed the money from Philadelphia mob boss Ralph Natale and lost it all during a gambling trip to Las Vegas, mobster-turned-informant Ronald Previte testified. Previte said Merlino asked him for a loan in 1997.
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NEWS
December 22, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Camden Mayor Milton Milan was convicted of taking mob payoffs, laundering drug money and stealing campaign funds, becoming the third of the last five mayors of New Jersey's poorest city to be found guilty of corruption. Milan, 38, was convicted of 14 of the 19 charges against him. He faces nine to 11 years in prison at sentencing April 5.
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May 4, 2001 | STEPHEN BRAUN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Tough, head shaven and defiantly mute about his career as an arsonist and drug dealer, Ralph Natale emerged from 16 years in prison with the perfect, old-school pedigree to return the Philadelphia mob to its days of criminal glory. Released on parole in 1994, the new boss lectured his young capos and street soldiers as he ordered them to kill. He wanted to instill an army's iron discipline.
NEWS
May 5, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
The FBI bailed Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino out of a $15,000 gambling debt at the same time it was gathering evidence against him, a witness testified at the trial of the reputed Philadelphia mob boss. Merlino had borrowed the money from Philadelphia mob boss Ralph Natale and lost it all during a gambling trip to Las Vegas, mobster-turned-informant Ronald Previte testified. Previte said Merlino asked him for a loan in 1997.
NEWS
July 15, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
The jury in the federal racketeering trial of reputed mobster Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino and six others began deliberations after more than three months of testimony. The lead prosecutor implored them to convict Merlino and other defendants of murder, drug trafficking and extortion charges. Prosecutors argued that Merlino and confessed mob boss Ralph Natale ordered or approved three murders in the 1990s. Merlino could face life in prison if convicted. Merlino attorney Edwin Jacobs Jr.
NEWS
December 23, 2001 | MICHAEL RUBINKAM, ASSOCIATED PRESS
The Philly mob is down but not out. Government officials were pleased this month when former Mafia boss Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino got 14 years behind bars for racketeering, and his top lieutenants received long prison terms as well. But federal law enforcement officials caution that the mob, though crippled, is still operating in Philadelphia--and they expect another round of prosecutions. "This clearly is a critical blow to the La Cosa Nostra in Philadelphia.
NEWS
December 4, 2001 | From Associated Press
In another blow to Philadelphia's already crippled Mafia family, former boss Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino was sentenced to 14 years in prison Monday for racketeering. Merlino's lawyer said that with good behavior and time already served, his client could be out in about nine years. "Ain't bad," Merlino, 39, told family members sitting in the gallery. "Nine's better than the death penalty."
NATIONAL
March 9, 2004 | From Associated Press
Reputed Philadelphia mob boss Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino was acquitted Monday on federal conspiracy and murder charges stemming from the 1996 shooting death of an associate who prosecutors say was killed for being disloyal. Merlino, who is imprisoned on related racketeering charges, was accused of ordering the murder of Joseph Sodano. Sodano was found dead in his minivan in Newark after being shot twice in the head.
NATIONAL
April 28, 2005 | Stephen Braun and Michael J. Goodman, Times Staff Writers
It has always been about the murders. Behind Joey "the Clown" Lombardo's courtroom antics and oversized glasses, behind Frankie "the German" Schweihs' alleged shakedowns of adult bookstores well into his golden years, behind the Chicago outfit's scrounging for profits from Las Vegas strip clubs and the Philly mob's suicide wars and the destruction of the New York families in federal courtrooms, the American fascination with organized crime has always turned to murder and its consequences.
NEWS
December 22, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Camden Mayor Milton Milan was convicted of taking mob payoffs, laundering drug money and stealing campaign funds, becoming the third of the last five mayors of New Jersey's poorest city to be found guilty of corruption. Milan, 38, was convicted of 14 of the 19 charges against him. He faces nine to 11 years in prison at sentencing April 5.
NEWS
March 17, 1986 | GARRY ABRAMS, Times Staff Writer
It's the only place of its kind west of New Jersey. Cynics might say that this is hardly a notable geographic distinction. But to those who have discovered it, the Sephardic Hebrew Academy in West Hollywood is a religious and cultural oasis on the shores of the Pacific. It is also a place of contrasts. One of the administrators is an elder in a Lutheran church, for instance.
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