The New York Post had an article about a mobster. It starts off “This mobster is the scam artist-in-chief. A longtime Gambino crime-family associate tried to convince a judge he’s politically connected . . . . “ It’s about Anthony “Tony” O’Donnell. He’s awaiting sentencing after having been convicted “on federal charges of shaking down owners of Sitt Asset Management, a Manhattan real-estate investment firm.”
He was arrested in January 2011 “alongside 126 other wiseguys in the largest single single-day operation against organized crime in US history.” The raid rounded up members of the five Mafia families of New York. Tony “has previously been convicted for the armed robbery of a UPS truck and a mob-related extortion, federal records show.”
It is reported “Assistant US Attorney Whitman Knapp said O’Donnell has served as the right-hand man to a powerful Gambino capo, “has a significant criminal history” and “poses a danger to the community.””
So you figure the guys going to do big numbers being so closely connected to a Gamino family capo with the history of violence in his past. Then we learn he faces up to 37 months behind bars under a plea agreement.
Whenever I read that stuff I have to think of Catherine Greig who had no record, went off with her boyfriend Whitey when he took off and stayed with him, and committed no violent act, is not a danger to any community but she got 96 months, based on recommendations from the local U.S. Attorney almost three times what a mobster with a long record will receive.
Then I see the Sheila Burgess case has another reporter on the story. We read the same story again but this time the search is on to see who hired her. One thing missing in these articles is the date of these accidents and how bad they were. I’d like to know how old she was when they happened and her age at the time of the misdemeanor auto offenses. What we do know about her is despite her past when she was on the job she did a good job. She “had been praised by the US Department of Transportation “for continuous improvement in communications” with the federal government.” Isn’t that the standard we should be looking at? How did she perform as an employee and not what may have happened twenty years earlier.
The article then goes into the idea she was not qualified for the job according to the guidelines. Yet the guidelines seem wrong when considering the job was nothing other than a PR job urging us to drive safely. She had spent 20 years communicating ideas about candidates running for office.
If we didn’t have such a cowardly governor there would be no issue. Someone would have stood up and said: “I hired Sheila Burgess because she did a good job running campaigns for Moakley and others. I knew of her driving record. I considered it would not be a disability to her. I knew she was good at communications which was what we needed in the job. I was right. She did a good job.”
We don’t hear that because the person fears the governor will not stand behind her or him. Everyone is running around like the three blind mice making this an issue when it really isn’t because a newspaper writes about it.
On second thought, maybe the fear is not of the governor firing the person but of the U.S. Attorney in Boston who has brought RICO charges against the probation officers for not hiring the most qualified persons. (We have to believe U.S Attorney herself and everyone in that office are the most qualified to hold their positions.) It seem every time this newspaper spins its stories the U.S. Attorney finds a crime in it. Perhaps the word is out that some AUSA is preparing a RICO indictment against the Public Safety Secretary, Mary Beth Heffernan, and the people who hired Sheila base on the idea they mailed out rejection letters to other applicants after hiring Sheila who wasn’t the best candidate.
We’re pretty much at a loss to figure out the local U.S. Attorney’s office. It does seem to be out of step with the rest of the nation as we heard from Governor Weld who used to be number 3 in the Justice Department.