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Scarfo's Lawyer Points To Russian Mob In FirstPlus Case
By George Anastasia For Bigtrial.net There might have been some mobsters lurking behind the FirstPlus Financial fraud case, a lawyer for lead defendant Nicodemo S. Scarfo says in legal papers filed recently, but their drink of choice would have been vodka n...
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Scarfo Sentencing Postponed Again
By George Anastasia For Bigtrial.net The sentencing of mobster Nicodemo S. Scarfo and three co-defendant convicted of looting a Texas mortgage company has been put off for the third time while a judge decides whether information in a modern day slave labor ...
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No Questions, No Verdict As Jury Deliberations Continue in Narco Cops Trial
By George Anastasia For Bigtrial.net Not a peep. Not one question. Not one request for documents. Not a word. They jury in the corruption trial of six former Philadelphia Police Department narcotics officers completed its fifth day of deliberations this aft...
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Cops Or Criminals? Jury Deliberations Begin In Narco Cop Trial
By George Anastasia For Bigtrial.net Were they cops who bent the rules or criminals who broke the law? That's the only question that matters for a federal court jury that began deliberations this afternoon in the corruption trial of six former Philadelphia ...
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Merlino Wins On A TKO
By George Anastasia For Bigtrial.net Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino was sprung from jail last month after a appellate court panel vacated a U.S. District Court order sentencing him to four months in prison for violating the terms of his supervised release. Th...
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Police Clashed With The Feds At Narco Cops Corruption Trial
By George Anastasia For Bigtrial.net One defense witness said he considers the ongoing police corruption trial a "kangaroo court" and that  he can't wait until the six defendants are "set free." Another called Thomas Liciardello, the lead defendant in the c...
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A 'Perfect Crime' Says Drug Dealer Witness Who Would Like To Hear From Jurors
By George Anastasia For Bigtrial.net Robert Kushner said he told the truth when he took the witness stand as the prosecution's leadoff witness in the trial of six Philadelphia narcotics cops indicted for allegedly going rogue. A jury verdict last month find...
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Support From An Unlikely Source
By George Anastasia For Bigtrial.net Mobster-turned-government-witness Ron Previte, who was a Philadelphia police officer for 12 years, was digging into a lunch of veal parmigiana and penne pasta in a restaurant near Atlantic City this afternoon when he was...
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Jury Impasse In Narco Cops Trial
By George Anastasia For Bigtrial.net Jury deliberations have apparently hit a snag in the corruption trial of six former Philadelphia narcotics officers. The panel of six women and six men sent a message to Judge Eduardo Robreno late this afternoon indicati...
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Narco Cops Trial Heads To The Jury
By George Anastasia For Bigtrial.net The government wasn't interested in finding the truth, but merely in making a case. That was the message delivered again and again today in closing arguments for the defense in the racketeering corruption trial of six Ph...
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The Milkman Delivers In Narco Cops Defense
By George Anastasia For Bigtrial.net It was a primer on police narcotics field work, a street-level view of the war on drugs. And it was given by an unassuming former milkman who worked the dairy beat in South Philadelphia for 11 years before going to the P...
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Narcotics Cops Work In A Cesspool
By George Anastasia For Bigtrial.net Spend all your time in a cesspool and you're going to smell. That's the assessment of retired Philadelphia Police Captain Al DiGiacomo as he follows the ongoing corruption trial of six narcotics cops in U.S. District Cou...
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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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