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Galati Sentenced In Murder-For-Hire Case
By George Anastasia For Bigtrial.net Ron Galati, the South Philadelphia auto body shop operator with a Godfather complex, was sentenced to nearly 23 years in federal prison this morning in a convoluted murder-for-hire case that was more suited for Mob Wives...
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Galati Asks For Court-Appointed Lawyer
By George Anastasia For Bigtrial.net Ron Galati's broke. The South Philadelphia auto body shop owner accused to orchestrating a $5 million insurance fraud scam told a judge this morning that he does not have the money to pay for a lawyer in either of the tw...
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Judge Losing Patience As FirstPlus Appeals Continue
By George Anastasia For Bigtrial.net Salvatore Pelulluo and Nicky Scarfo Jr. used their mob connections to intimidate and silence officials at FirstPlus Financial Group while setting up and carrying out the multi-million dollar looting of the Texas-based co...
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Merlino Ordered Back To Philadelphia For Parole Violation Hearing
B y George Anastasia 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...
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Merlino Packs Them In At Federal Hearing
By George Anastasia For Bigtrial.net Joey Merlino can still draw a crowd. The one-time South Philadelphia celebrity mobster had a nearly packed courtroom for is probation violation hearing this morning. Friends, family members, law enforcement officials and...
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Galati Convicted In Murder-For-Hire Case
By George Anastasia For Bigtrial.net Wannabe wiseguy Ron Galati was convicted of murder-for-hire and conspiracy charges today in a case that offered a look into a bizarre and twisted South Philadelphia family dynamic. A federal jury deliberated for about fi...
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Nicodemo Gets 25-50 For DiPietro Murder
By George Anastasia For Bigtrial.net He's a throwback, a standup guy in a mob decimated by turncoat witnesses.    And as a result, he's looking at 23 more years in state prison. On the eve of his retrial for the December 2012 murder of Gino DiPietro, mobste...
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Galati's Lawyer Bows Out
By George Anastasia For Bigtrial.net Wannabe wiseguy Ron Galati, the South Philadelphia auto body shop owner with a Godfather fixation, wants to keep fighting. But it looks like he will have to do battle without the services of topnotch criminal defense att...
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Merlino Ordered Back To Jail For 'Night On The Town'
By George Anastasia For Bigtrial.net What a federal prosecutor described as a "night on the town with his mob buddies" has resulted in a four-mouth prison sentence for former Philadelphia mob boss Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino. U.S. District Court Judge R. B...
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Scarfo, Pelullo, Maxwell Brothers Seek New Trial In FirstPlus Fraud Case
By George Anastasia For Bigtrial.net They want a do over . And if they're granted a new trial, they don't want any mention of the mob. That's the essence of a 72-page motion filed by lawyers for Salvatore Pelullo and joined by the lawyers for Nicodemo S. Sc...
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Joey's Back In Philadelphia, But For How Long?
By George Anastasia For Bigtrial.net Joey Merlino's back in town. But the one-time South Philadelphia celebrity mob boss hopes he's just passing through. Merlino has a date at 10 a.m. tomorrow before U.S. District Court Judge R. Barclay Surrick who will ult...
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Jury Gets Murder-For-Hire Case
By George Anastasia For Bigtrial.net It was murder-for hire, both the prosecution and defense agreed. The question was who did the hiring? That's the issue a federal jury began wrestling with this afternoon in the trial of South Philadelphia auto body shop ...
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Veteran Philadelphia journalist George Anastasia has been writing about organized and disorganized crime for thirty-five years, covering casino gambling in Atlantic City, mob hits in Philadelphia and criminal prosecutions throughout the country.

The former Philadelphia Inquirer reporter is the author of five books. His work has appeared in Penthouse, Playboy and The Village Voice. He also has been featured on several network television news magazine reports about organized crime and has worked as a consultant on projects for ABC, the Discovery Channel, the History Channel and National Geographic.

His books include "The Last Gangster" (ReganBooks/Harper Collins, March 2004), a New York Times bestseller that chronicles the demise of the Philadelphia mob.

His other books are "Blood and Honor" (William Morrow & Co., 1991), which Jimmy Breslin called it "the best gangster book ever written"; NYT bestseller "The Summer Wind"(Regan Books/HarperCollins, 1999) about the Thomas Capano-Anne Marie Fahey murder case; "The Goodfella Tapes (Avon Books, 1998), and "Mobfather" (Kensington Books, 1993).

Anastasia is the author of a novella, "The Big Hustle" (Philadelphia Inquirer Books, 2001) and has contributed to two anthologies of Italian-American writers, "A Sitdown with the Sopranos" and "Don't Tell Momma."

"Mob Files," an anthology of articles he has written for The Inquirer was published in September 2008 by Camino Books.

Anastasia has been the recipient of numerous awards for writing and reporting, including a Sigma Delta Chi, national journalism award for a magazine article on the Thomas Capano - Anne Marie Fahey murder case. The magazine article was the basis for the book "The Summer Wind."

Born in South Philadelphia and raised in southern New Jersey, Anastasia is a graduate of Dartmouth College (1969) with a B.A. in French Literature. He has also studied at Swarthmore College and the University of Florida.

He has been an adjunct professor/lecturer at Glassboro State College (now Rowan University) and Temple University, and has been a lecturer for a U.S. State Department-sponsored series of weeklong seminars on journalism and organized crime in Bulgaria (2004, 2007), Croatia (2005), Serbia (2006) and Italy (2007).

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