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Re: The trial of ex-Gov. B by Spursfan on 21 August 2010 8:56am
Omigod you've ALL got really interesting families!!

Re: The trial of ex-Gov. B by sighthound on 21 August 2010 9:25am
As mrsteabag reports, contact with Mr. Capone was not unusual in Chicago in those days, especially if you made bathtub gin like my Uncle Paul did. I'm amazed that it took the feds so long to nail Capone as it seems he was so visible.

Uncle Paul was our family's beloved black sheep. He blew up an apartment once with his bathtub gin. His association with Capone was minor but one time he was there during a police raid and Capone handed him the "loot" because he looked "so innocent" and it worked; no one was arrested. That scared Paul so much (scared of both the police and Capone)that he moved to California where he continued his contact with the underworld with frequent forays into gambling in Las Vegas. I don't know the details of these stories but I have vague memories from my early childhood of the family being on edge because Paul was hiding out from Vegas thugs.

The irony was that his wife, my Aunt Mary, was a very prominent, well respected, very conservative Catholic. She was the head of the "Catholic Daughters" and hung out with Cardinals. Her husband's associations didn't seem to have hindered her rise (as far as it was possible for a woman) in the Catholic Church.

Uncle Paul's last words deserve to be remembered; He said "Ooops" and then dropped dead. (This is all true - I swear.)
Re: The trial of ex-Gov. B by johnnythemonkey on 21 August 2010 6:50pm
Great anecdotes Geraldine ! More please. :)
Re: The trial of ex-Gov. B by mrsteabag on 21 August 2010 9:57pm
Uncle Hubert, one of my great uncles, lived in one of those picturesque New England small towns where everyone knew everyone else. One morning, Uncle H. went to the park to read the paper. Someone was sitting in "his" place on "his" bench. Uncle H. raised a stink about it. A police officer came to see what was the matter. After he'd explained that it was a public place, etc. several times, Uncle H. decked him.

When the judge finished laughing, he dropped the charges.
Re: The trial of ex-Gov. B by johnnythemonkey on 22 August 2010 12:06am
Good one Fran :)
Re: The trial of ex-Gov. B by George on 23 August 2010 11:56pm
Well, what's next for Blago? He didn't exactly distinguish himself on "Celebrity Apprentice". Is he going to do any jail time?
Re: The trial of ex-Gov. B by mrsteabag on 24 August 2010 4:33pm
George, I don't know about jail time. I would think that even though lying to the FBI is a felony, he might get off with probation for that charge, but his lawyers are appealing it.
Over the weekend, he was at a comic book convention--charging $50 for autographs and $80 for a photo with him.
On a related note, a storage company auctioned off an Elvis statue and many boxes of potential collectibles because he'd not paid his bill--they raised $20K+ and donated it to Children's Memorial Hospital, the hospital that he tried to shake down.
Re: The trial of ex-Gov. B by mrsteabag on 28 August 2010 6:31pm
And... the retrial begins on 1/4/11. Something to do this winter other than listen to the wind howl.
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