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Seaport's Carter asks for leniency

John S. Carter, the disgraced former head of the Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia, admits he abused the museum. But he says he wasn't the only one.

A nervous Fumo gets OK to drop Sprague

A federal judge yesterday agreed to allow lawyer Richard A. Sprague to withdraw from the fraud and obstruction of justice case against State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo, but urged the South Philadelphia Democrat to find a new lawyer soon, possibly within a week.

A nervous Fumo gets OK to drop Sprague

A federal judge yesterday agreed to allow lawyer Richard A. Sprague to withdraw from the fraud and obstruction of justice case against State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo, but urged the South Philadelphia Democrat to find a new lawyer soon, possibly within a week.

Sprague will not defend Fumo

In a surprise move, indicted State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo yesterday asked his lawyer and friend, Richard A. Sprague, to withdraw from his defense.

Sprague will not defend Fumo

In a surprise move, indicted State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo yesterday asked his lawyer and friend, Richard A. Sprague, to withdraw from his defense.

Judge allows Sprague to defend Fumo

A federal judge ruled yesterday that State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo, who faces 139 charges of federal fraud and obstruction of justice, can keep Richard A. Sprague as his lawyer.

Judge allows Sprague to defend Fumo

A federal judge ruled yesterday that State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo, who faces 139 charges of federal fraud and obstruction of justice, can keep Richard A. Sprague as his lawyer.
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Down, Fumo is not out

State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo, the Great White Shark of Philadelphia politics, is trailing figurative blood - in the form of a federal indictment - and several people are thinking about taking advantage in next year's Democratic primary.

Details emerge on Fumo, Verizon

The president of Verizon Pennsylvania struck a secret "gentleman's agreement" with State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo under which the phone company agreed to pay millions to a law firm of Fumo's choosing, according to court testimony yesterday.

Judge won't release data in Fumo case

A federal judge ruled yesterday that thousands of pages of investigatory material gathered in the probe of State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo should remain secret.

Links between Fumo and Carter are more than just indictments

One was a South Philly pol. The other, a patrician. But they both loved expensive things, and they both stuck the Independence Seaport Museum with the tab, federal prosecutors allege.

Ex-seaport museum chief charged

John S. Carter, the former Independence Seaport Museum president, had taste, a great job, and bosses who didn't watch him very closely - three things he used to live the good life.

U.S. says Fumo lawyers' loyalties may be torn

Prosecutors said yesterday that State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo's lawyer, Richard A. Sprague, has a likely conflict of interest because he also represented the alleged victims in the case - and could even be called as a witness himself at next year's trial.

Fumo prosecutors want all evidence kept secret

The federal probe that led to the indictment of State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo continues to investigate potential wrongdoing, including possible perjury by witnesses, prosecutors said yesterday.

Meeting offers sneak preview of Fumo trial

Long before the government puts State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo on trial - an event that isn't likely to happen for a year - the senator's lawyers intend to put the government on trial.

Lessons lurking in Fumo's '80 case?

The case was federal, and one of the defendants was State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo. But the year was 1980, and that was another era in Philadelphia politics and in FBI corruption probes.

Learning where to blur the line

INQUIRER STAFF WRITER SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Both men are larger-than-life figures in elected office for nearly 30 years. Both bring home the pork in prodigious barrels, ensuring local popularity.

Fumo severs connection to museum

State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo has resigned from the board of the Independence Seaport Museum, saying he is innocent of charges of defrauding the Philadelphia museum out of more than $100,000 in luxury yacht trips for himself, family members and friends.

Ferocity Behind a Smile

The speaker introducing the guest of honor went on and on about how brilliant the guest was, how he could have been anything - a surgeon, maybe - but became a politician so he could help more people. People like his listeners there in the Queen Village kitchen.

Sprague offers kinder spin on some charges

Richard A. Sprague delivered a closing argument yesterday - or at least a rough draft of one he may someday deliver on behalf of State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo.