He’s finally in jail!

As it happens, Ashland, Kentucky, is Mrs Pico’s home town.

Fumo checks in to prison in Kentucky┬╣

By Jeff Gammage, Philadelphia Inquirer Staff Writer

ASHLAND, Ky. – Former Pennsylvania State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo, his head held high, walked from a car to the front door of a federal prison camp here yesterday morning, surrendering as scheduled to begin his 55-month sentence for corruption.

Fumo, dressed in a white shirt and blue jeans, arrived at 9:20 a.m., stepping out of a black SUV. He was accompanied by several friends and his son, Vincent Jr. He stepped deliberately to the main entrance, moving past a billowing U.S. flag, and was then directed to go inside through a side door.

His long-expected arrival at prison was over in less than a minute.

Well, Ashland is a pretty place, no doubt about that, though I don’t know how much he’ll enjoy the scenery.

THing is, Mr Fumo was convicted in March, yet he’s had more than a season of freedom; if he’d been a poor black guy, who knocked over a Seven/Eleven, they’d have taken him straight to jail.

And now we know why Mr Fumo decided to tell us he had addiction problems:

With time off for good behavior, and for enrollment in a treatment program – Fumo said he needed to overcome addictions to alcohol and an antianxiety medication – the former lawmaker could be released in three years.

Ain’t that great? Tell everyone, hey, I was messed up on drugs, and you can get treatment and get your sentence cut! What a racket. Admitting that you used drugs ought to get your sentence increased, not cut.

The original sentencing guidelines called for 21 to 27 years — and now, thanks to a lenient judge and idiotic policies, Mr Fumo could be out in around three.

It’s not a slap on the wrist, but considering what Mr Fumo did, it isn’t much more than that.
┬╣ – The Philadelphia Inquirer, Tuesday, 1 September 2009, p. B-1


  1. But was Fumo’s game just ‘politics as usual’?

    Perhaps this may account for the support he gets from his former colleagues.

  2. I started working in Fumo’s Harrisburg office in 1989 and he had the same routine then and was still going strong when I left in 1999. Unfortunately, under his direct supervision and being at his beckon call 24/7 his habits spilled over onto several staff members. It’s unfortunate when the stress levels maintained in his office were constantly high that you had to adopt his very routine just to tolerate not only him, but the numerous off the wall requests that were made of you.

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