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The Mafia Made Easy: The Anatomy and Culture of La Cosa Nostra - By Peter J. Devico: page 186, "Strollo even infiltrated the official political system of Youngstown. Using bribery and blackmailing tactics, he finagled huge kickbacks from public officials he had on the dangle. One such person was Mahoning Prosecutor James Philomena who was wired in tight with Strollo. According to official accounts, Philomena received substantial cash payments in exchange for looking the other way when it came to investigating organized crime in Youngstown."
Strollo gets shorter sentence for helping to rout out others by Patricia Meade (Vindicator. 1/28/2004): Strollo provided information about a number of unsolved homicides and about La Cosa Nostra activities in Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Detroit and New York, Morford said. Strollo also provided information that led to the convictions of former U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr., ex-Mahoning County Judge Martin W. Emrich, ex-Youngstown Municipal Judge Andrew Polovischak Jr., three men involved in the Biondillo hit, ex-Mahoning County Sheriff Phil Chance, ex-Mahoning County Prosecutor James A. Philomena and others.
THE MAFIA CONSPIRACY THAT STUNNED AMERICA by J. R. de Szigethy: Strollo also confessed to his role in the shooting of Mahoning County District Attorney Paul Gains. This is the story the FBI had finally been able to piece together about this murder conspiracy: In 1996, Paul Gains defeated the incumbent Mahoning County District Attorney James Philomena, who then returned to private practice as a lawyer. Lenny Strollo had become involved with some drug dealers, one of whom, Lavance Turnage was arrested on charges of robbery and assault. Philomena and his associate, a disbarred attorney named George Alexander, told Strollo they could possibly ‘fix’ Turnage’s case with the Judge and in exchange wanted Turnage and his drug dealers to murder Paul Gains. While Philomena would not be named as the successor to Gains once he was murdered, Philomena hoped to use his influence to get another corrupt attorney named to replace Gains.
August 3, 2010 at 12:55 p.m.
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