Mobsters shook down a Queens labor union for two decades, prosecutors say

Andrew “Mush” Russo is shown here in an undated, vintage photo. (Photo: SOURCE, Graphic: Ethanb822)

A sweeping indictment was unsealed Tuesday in a federal court in Brooklyn, charging 14 defendants, including members and associates of the Colombo crime family, with labor racketeering, extortion, and money laundering in an alleged 20-year plot to take over a Queens labor union and its employee health insurance program.

Those…


Dzhokhar Tsarnev (PHOTO: FBI)

In a motion to have a civil rights lawsuit brought by the lone surviving Boston Marathon bomber dismissed, federal prosecutors said the 28-year-old continues to advocate violence from behind prison walls and was once found with a homemade weapon in his cell.

As Ethanb822 previously reported, Tsarnaev initially filed a…


Zbigniew Bzdak / Chicago Tribune

A RICO indictment unsealed this week in a federal court in Chicago charges five alleged O-Block gang members in a wide-ranging criminal conspiracy that eventually culminated in the slaying of fellow Chicagoan and rapper FBG Duck.

Duck, whose real name was Carlton Weekly, was gunned down in August of 2020…


Governor Gavin Newsom (PHOTO: Getty)

Through California Attorney General Rob Bonta earlier this week, Governor Gavin Newsom appealed a federal judge’s order mandating COVID-19 vaccines for California prison employees, with the state’s prison guard union being one of his top backers in the recall election.

Newsom and the California Correctional Peace Officers Association have, for…


PHOTO: Helen H. Richardson

Two doctors working for the Colorado Department of Human Services under court-order have found that Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, the suspect in the Boulder King Soopers grocery store shooting that took the lives of 10 including a police officer, is mentally incompetent to stand trial.

The competency report filled out…


Tony Allen (PHOTO: Brandon Dill / AP)

Eighteen former NBA players have been hit with federal charges for allegedly conspiring to defraud the league’s healthcare program, charging papers unsealed in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York reveal.

Among those charged include defensive standout Tony Allen, NBA champion and fan favorite Glen “Big…


George Floyd (PHOTO: Ben Crump)

The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles recommended in a 7–0 decision Monday to posthumously pardon George Floyd, killed under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer last year, in a 2004 drug arrest involving a police officer currently indicted on murder charges.

The decision is now headed to the…


Len Davis (PHOTO: Handout)

On Monday, the US Supreme Court declined to review the capital case of Len Davis, a 57-year-old former New Orleans police officer convicted in the 1994 murder of a woman who filed a civil rights complaint against him.

Davis was convicted and sentenced to death for federal civil rights offenses…


Reverend Steven Tibbetts has collected explicit imagery since the 1990s.

A former pastor at a Lutheran church in Godfrey, Illinois was sentenced last week to 10 years in federal prison for knowingly distributing child pornography.

Steven P. Tibbetts, 62, will also be placed on 10 years of supervised release following his prison term, and must pay over $10,000 in fines…


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Florida rapper Kodak Black, whose legal name is Bill K. Kapri, has been ordered to spend 90 days in a residential drug treatment program for violating his federal supervised release in the form of a positive drug test, recently filed documents reveal.

Kapri, 24, appeared in court via video conference…

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