Fumo's kids? They're outta here!
Published: Saturday, July 13, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Loser: Vince Fumo
As the former state senator from Philadelphia awaits his release from federal prison following a corruption conviction, two of his children testified in court that he is an untrustworthy louse.
Son Vincent E. Fumo and daughter Allison Fumo provided details of a rift with their father over a $2.5 million trust fund set up to benefit them. Fumo borrowed $1.4 million from the fund several years ago to cover some of the fines and restitution associated with his conviction.
Allison Fumo filed a lawsuit last year to take control of the partnership that oversees the fund. She contended that Fumo cronies were running the partnership and making financial decisions to benefit him rather than her and her brother.
A deposition in the case seemed to bear that out. According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, a turnpike maintenance worker Vince Fumo picked as a partnership trustee revealed he knew little about Allison Fumo and nothing about his or her fiduciary obligations as a trustee.
On the witness stand on Tuesday, Allison Fumo testified, “I don't trust my father, unfortunately.”
She has plenty of company on that front.
Winner: Prince Andrew
Finally, a British Royal has opened a Twitter account. Using the @TheDukeofYork handle, Prince Andrew began tweeting on Tuesday with this relatively innocuous message: “Welcome to My Twitter account. — AY.” Within 24 hours, he had more than 24,000 followers — an impressive number, but one that Prince Harry or Prince William probably could top easily on their first day should they ever come down with the Twitter bug.
The only other sort-of Royal on Twitter is Prince Andrew's ex-wife, Sarah, the Duchess of York. She tweets as @SarahTheDuchess. For some reason, she was not among the first people or organizations that Prince Andrew followed, until, of course, he learned that the Trib was going to out him. By week's end, Sarah had popped up on his “following” list.
Loser: Nina Totenberg
The legal affairs correspondent for liberal-leaning National Public Radio 'fessed up to a large mistake in her recent story on the end of the Supreme Court term. Totenberg quoted Northwestern University law professor John McGinnis saying that the court's decision on the Voting Rights Act was “as singular a failure as I've seen in the history of the Supreme Court.”
McGinnis uttered those words during his appearance on a panel at the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals. However, he was referring not to the Voting Rights Act but to the court's decision in the Defense of Marriage Act case. Totenberg admitted in her mea culpa that she “apparently got confused in my notations about what McGinnis was talking about.”
It was an easy enough mistake to make. The two cases were so vastly similar.
— compiled by Trib Total Media staff
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