Tuesday, October 21, 2014

South Philly One-Time Mob Boss Joseph Merlino Ordered Back To Philadelphia For Parole Violation

Veteran organized crime reporter and author George Anastasia is covering Joseph Merlino's federal hearings for Bigtrial.net.

It looks like an encore is planned for U.S. District Court in the ongoing Skinny Joey Merlino saga.

U.S. District Court Judge R. Barclay Surrick issued a one-page ruling this morning denying a motion by Merlino's lawyer seeking to have his probation violation voided. Instead, Surrick set a hearing on the issues for Friday at 10 a.m.

Merlino, who has been living in Boca Raton for the past three years, drew a media horde when he appeared earlier this month for the first hearing in the case. That proceeding focused on a motion filed by defense attorneys Edwin Jacobs Jr. and Michael Myers who argued that federal authorities had failed to properly notify Merlino of the alleged violations.

Merlino, they said, had not been given a summons to appear in court prior to the expiration of his three-year probation. Prosecutors argued that the practice in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania was to file a notice of a violation rather than issue a summons. That notice was filed on Sept. 2, five days before Merlino's probationary period ended.
Surrick provided not details in his order, but simply denied the defense motion, setting the stage for a return trip to Philadelphia by the one-time celebrity mob boss. 
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