Summary Information
Title: Dick Thornburgh Papers, Series VII. U.S. Attorney for Western Pennsylvania
Collection Number: AIS.1998.30.07
Creator: Thornburgh, Dick

Collection Dates: 1969-1975
Extent: 17.5 linear feet

Language: English

Abstract:
Dick Thornburgh was sworn in as the United States Attorney for Western Pennsylvania on June 4, 1969. Fighting organized crime was Thornburgh's top priority from the outset and he set forth plans for stepped-up antiracketeering efforts, including the use of a special strike force. One high profile case handled under Thornburgh's tenure was the case of official corruption of Pittsburgh District Attorney Robert Duggan. Other major cases included names such as Grosso, Mazzei, Hilton, Ferraro, Iannelli, Ferrone, La Rocca, Torquato and Bruno. Other major topics covered in the files include illegal drug traffic, civil rights/police brutality cases, and environmental litigation. The files are arranged in twelve sections: Speeches; News Releases; Public Statements; Events; Correspondence; USA Thornburgh's Files; Memoranda; Attorney General's U.S. Attorneys Advisory Committee; Strike Forces Subcommittee of the Attorney General's U.S. Attorneys Advisory Committee; Subcommittees of the Attorney General's U.S. Attorneys Advisory Committee; USA Office Cases; and Issue References. Digital reproductions of portions of the collection are available online.
Sponsor:

This finding aid is available on line as result of a Commonwealth of Pennsylvania grant to the University of Pittsburgh and with collaboration of the Archives Service Center and the Digital Research Library.
Publisher:

ULS Archives Service Center
University of Pittsburgh Library System
7500 Thomas Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA, 15260
412-648-3232
archives-ref@mail.pitt.edu
Date Published:

June 30, 2004
Author:

Finding aid prepared by Nancy Watson
Revision Description:
July 1, 2006:
Converted from EAD Version 1.0 to EAD Version 2002

Subject Terms

Topics
  • Drug control
  • Drug traffic
  • Factory and trade waste -- Environmental aspects
  • Organized crime -- United States
  • Political corruption -- Pennsylvania
  • Political corruption -- United States
  • Pollution -- Law and legislation
  • Urban renewal -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • White collar crimes -- United States

Corporate Names
  • American Bar Association.
  • Kirkpatrick & Lockhart.
  • United States. Attorney (Pennsylvania : Western District).
  • United States. Organized Crime Control Act of 1970.
  • United States. Refuse Act of 1899.

Personal Names
  • Thornburgh, Dick

Locations
  • Pennsylvania -- Politics and government -- 1951-
  • Pittsburgh (Pa.) -- Politics and government

Occupations
  • Money laundering

Category
  • Environment
  • Government
  • Personal papers
  • Politics

Access and Use
Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of Dick Thornburgh, February 27, 1998

Preferred Citation:

Dick Thornburgh Papers, 1932- , AIS.1998.30, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by Nancy Watson, Curator of the Thornburgh Papers, Holly Mengel, Project Archivist, and a team of graduate students. Processing was made possible by a grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 2002.

Processing Information:

Revision and rearrangement for the encoded version of the finding aid provided by Holly Mengel in 2004. Information about the collection title and the controlled access terms was extracted from the MARC record in the University of Pittsburgh catalog Voyager ID number: 3608599

Copyright:

Permission for publication is given on behalf of the University of Pittsburgh as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.


Collection Inventory

Series VII. United States Attorney for Western Pennsylvania, 1969-1975

Scope and Content Notes:

Richard Thornburgh was sworn in as the United States Attorney for Western Pennsylvania on June 4, 1969. "Marking, as it did, my first ascendance to full-time public office, the ceremony was particularly memorable for me and I felt a special sense of awe in swearing to 'uphold the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic,' a challenge that was to prove worthy of my every effort over the next six years" ("Evidence" draft, p. 145).

Coincidentally the Pennsylvania Crime Commission released a major report on organized crime in the Commonwealth the very day Thornburgh's appointment was announced, thus making fighting organized crime Thornburgh's top priority from the outset. Organized crime was deeply entrenched in many facets of Western Pennsylvania business and politics including $4-6 million said to be paid illegally to Allegheny County law enforcement officials. Thornburgh "set forth plans for stepped-up antiracketeering efforts, including better coordination and cooperation among federal, state and local agencies, as well as the use of a special strike force to concentrate federal efforts" ( Evidence, p. 41). "By the time I left office in mid-1975, we had mounted an unprecedented effort against corruption at the federal, state and local levels" ( Evidence, p. 48).

Among the high profile cases handled under Thornburgh tenure was the case of official corruption of Pittsburgh District Attorney Robert Duggan, who ultimately took his own life rather than face prosecution. Other major cases included names such as Grosso, Mazzei, Hilton, Ferraro, Iannelli, Ferrone, La Rocca, Torquato and Bruno. In addition to racketeering and public corruption, the illegal drug traffic issue was a major target as were civil rights/police brutality cases and environmental litigation. "These public corruption cases were a high priority for the office and for me personally as I felt that betrayal of the public trust was so subversive of our democratic processes. I was equally proud that Democrats and Republicans alike were, if corrupt, pursued with equal vigor, as we sought in all cases to truly 'follow the evidence wherever it leads'" ("Evidence" draft, p. 195).

Public recognition of Thornburgh's success as U.S. Attorney was evidenced by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette's article entitled "Silver Knight of Area Law Enforcement." This and other such favorable publicity about Thornburgh's prosecution of corruption and racketeering cases, in particular, led to his appointment in March 1975, as Assistant Attorney General and head of the Criminal Division in Washington, an opportunity he could not pass up. "The six years I spent in the U.S. Attorney's office had not only developed my professional lawyering skills, but had given me new insights into the challenges of public management ... [and were] the happiest of my professional life" ( Evidence, p. 60, and 219).

The files are arranged in twelve sections: "Speeches," "News Releases," "Public Statements," "Events," "Correspondence," "USA Thornburgh's Files," "Memoranda," "Attorney General's U.S. Attorneys Advisory Committee," "Strike Forces Subcommittee of the Attorney General's U.S. Attorneys Advisory Committee," "Subcommittees of the Attorney General's U.S. Attorneys Advisory Committee," "USA Office Cases," and "Issue References."

Subseries 1. Speeches

Scope and Content Notes:

Speeches, available online, are arranged chronologically and titles include: speech title (when designated), group or event to which it was delivered, and location. Thornburgh delivered these U.S. Attorney speeches at various professional, political, and community occasions. Related information will be found here in "Events." The speech files contain both final copies of the delivered speeches and Thornburgh's drafts, where they existed.


Box 33
Folder 1 "The Continuing American Revolution," Pittsburgh Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, Pittsburgh, PA September 17, 1969
Folder 2 "Are We Really Serious About the Crime Problem?" University of Pittsburgh Law Review, Pittsburgh, PA March 19, 1970
Folder 3 "Role of the Federal Government in Drug Abuse: Research, Education and Law Enforcement," Seminar on the Drug Abuse Problem in Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, PA May 16, 1970
Folder 4 "Metropolitan Government - Would you Repeat the Question, Please?" University of Pittsburgh's Intercollegiate Conference on Government, Pittsburgh, PA October 22, 1970
Folder 5 "Why Worry about Gambling...?" Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, Pittsburgh, PA January 21, 1971
Folder 6 "The Threat of Organized Crime in Western PA," Crawford Country Bar Association, Meadville, PA April 22, 1971
Folder 7 "Some Observations on Our System Under Stress," McKean County Bar Association Law Day April 30, 1971
Folder 8 Memorial Day Program, McKeesport, PA May 31, 1971
Folder 9 "Today's Youth - the Not-So-Silent Majority," United Mental Health, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA June 7, 1971
Folder 10 "One Nation...Indivisible?" New Horizons for Faith Series, Pittsburgh, PA July 4, 1971
Folder 11 "Crime and the Business Community," Pittsburgh Chapter National Association of Accountants, Pittsburgh, PA September 15, 1971
Folder 12 "Organized Crime and Legitimate Business," Credo Club, Pittsburgh, PA February 22, 1972
Folder 13 "The Criminal Justice System in Greater Pittsburgh Today," Public Forum "What About Pittsburgh?", Pittsburgh, PA February 24, 1972
Folder 14 "Toward a Safer Community - the Matter of Police Protection," Association of Borough Mayors of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, PA April 22, 1972
Folder 15 "One Nation...Indivisible?" Flag Day Observances, Oakmont and McKeesport, PA June 18, 1972
Folder 16 "Restoring Respect for American Institutions - Actions Speak Louder than Words," South Hills Area School Districts' Summer Conference, Seven Springs, PA July 30, 1972
Folder 17 "The Threat of Organized Crime in Western PA," Beaver County Boroughs Association, Monaca, PA September 27, 1972
Folder 18 "Responsibilities of Elected Officials Regarding Crime and Law Enforcement," Allegheny County Association of Township Officials, Sewickley, PA October 14, 1972
Folder 19 "Organized Crime and Legitimate Business," Beaver County Chapter National Association of Accountants, Beaver Valley, PA November 16, 1972
Folder 20 "The Outlook for Criminal Justice in Allegheny County," Public Affairs Forum, Pittsburgh, PA January 18, 1973
Folder 21 "Toward a Safer Community - the Matter of Police Protection," Allegheny County Boroughs Association, Sewickley, PA May 25, 1972
Folder 22 "What's Left Undone...by Whom?" First Annual Conference on Police Ethics, Pittsburgh, PA May 15, 1973
Folder 23 "The Professional Policeman," Allegheny County Police Training Academy, Allison Park, PA June 1, 1973
Folder 24 "Some Bits and Pieces of My Mind," Sewickley Academy, Sewickley, PA June 7, 1973
Folder 25 "One Nation...Indivisible?" Queen Aliquippa Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, Youghiogheny Country Club, PA June 16, 1973
Folder 26 Hearings of the Government Study Commission City of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA October 10,1973
Folder 27 Hearings of the Government Study Commission City of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA October 15, 1973
Folder 28 "Integrity...the Missing Ingredient," Western PA Safety Council, Pittsburgh, PA January 22, 1974
Folder 29 "The Problem of the Individual in our Mass Society," Washington and Jefferson College, Washington, PA April 16, 1974
Folder 30 "Challenges to Our System," Pittsburgh Branch of the American Association of University Women, Pittsburgh, PA May 11, 1974
Folder 31 "The Threat of Organized Crime in Western PA," Meadville Area Chamber of Commerce, Meadville, PA May 16, 1974
Folder 32 "The Professional Policeman," Allegheny County Police Training Academy, Allison Park, PA May 24, 1974
Folder 33 "Challenges to Criminal Justice," Western PA Chapter Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Pittsburgh, PA June 14, 1974
Folder 34 "Why Worry about Gambling...?" Rotary Club of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA July 17, 1974
Folder 35 "Challenges to Our System: the Crisis of Integrity," Washington County Branch of the PA Economy League, Washington, PA October 30, 1974
Folder 36 "Mother's Milk Gone Sour: the Problems of Political Financing," Building Owners and Managers Association of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA November 11, 1974
Folder 37 "Picking up the Pieces," Republican Party in Allegheny County, PA December 11, 1974
Folder 38 "To the Graduate: a Plea for the Healthy Skeptic," LaRoche College, Pittsburgh, PA May 11, 1975
Folder 39 "Cash and Carry Politics: a Challenge to Our System," PA Economy League, Inc., Beaver Falls, PA May 22, 1975
Folder 40 "The American Dream: What Does America Have to Look Forward to?" May 26, 1975
Folder 41 Commission on the Review of the National Policy Toward Gambling, Philadelphia, PA May 29, 1975
Folder 42 "The Threat of Organized Crime in Western PA "We Are all Victims" " 1969-1975
Folder 43 "A Meet Person Learned in the Law: Changing Priorities in the United States Attorney's Office" 1969-1975
Folder 44 "Partisan Politics and Law Enforcement" 1969-1975

Subseries 2. News Releases

Scope and Content Notes:

The releases are arranged chronologically and titles consist of a brief summary of the content of the news release. They pertain to subjects such as: organized crime and racketeering, official corruption, fraud, tax evasion and embezzlement. Releases also cover announcements concerning the actions of the Strike Forces on organized crime, narcotics and dangerous drugs, and gambling. "News Releases" and "Public Statements" were issued separately by the Office of the U.S. Attorney of Western Pennsylvania, and all are available here online. "Public Statements," in contrast to "News Releases," pertain less to specific cases but more generally to policies, and issues.

Folder 45 July 1-December 6, 1969
Folder 46 January-July, 1970

Box 34
Folder 1 July-December, 1970
Folder 2 January-June, 1971
Folder 3 July-September, 1971
Folder 4 October-December, 1971
Folder 5 January-March, 1972
Folder 6 April-June, 1972
Folder 7 July-September, 1972
Folder 8 October-December, 1972
Folder 9 January-March, 1973

Box 35
Folder 1 April-June, 1973
Folder 2 July-September, 1973
Folder 3 October-December, 1973
Folder 4 January-March, 1974
Folder 5 April-June, 1974
Folder 6 July-September, 1974
Folder 7 October-December, 1974
Folder 8 January-March, 1975
Folder 9 May-July, 1975
Folder 10 Press Releases: Allegheny County Detectives 1971 - 1973

Subseries 3. Public Statements

Scope and Content Notes:

The public statements are arranged chronologically and titles consist of a brief summary of the content. These statements contain policy and issue information, and relate to programs and actions of the Office of the U.S. Attorney. Topics include, for example: organized crime, narcotics and dangerous drugs, official corruption, actions of the strike forces, and the criminal justice system. These public statements relate in content and format to the news releases both of which are available here online.


Box 36
Folder 1 1969
Folder 2 1970
Folder 3 1971
Folder 4 1972
Folder 5 1973
Folder 6 1974
Folder 7 1975

Subseries 4. Events

Scope and Content Notes:

Folders in this subseries are arranged chronologically by month. Each folder contains materials related to events that Thornburgh attended while he served as U.S. Attorney. Events include: speaking engagements, dinners, ceremonies, conferences, and symposia. Event materials include invitations, correspondence, memoranda, issue background, annotated notes, and ephemera.

Folder 8 1969
Folder 9 January, 1970
Folder 10 February, 1970
Folder 11 March, 1970
Folder 12 April, 1970

Box 37
Folder 1 May, 1970
Folder 2 June, 1970
Folder 3 July, 1970
Folder 4 August, 1970
Folder 5 September, 1970
Folder 6 October, 1970
Folder 7 November, 1970
Folder 8 December, 1970
Folder 9 January, 1971
Folder 10 February, 1971
Folder 11 March, 1971
Folder 12 April, 1971
Folder 13 May, 1971
Folder 14 June, 1971
Folder 15 July, 1971
Folder 16 August, 1971
Folder 17 September, 1971
Folder 18 October, 1971
Folder 19 November, 1971
Folder 20 December, 1971
Folder 21 January, 1972
Folder 22 February, 1972
Folder 23 March, 1972
Folder 24 April, 1972
Folder 25 May, 1972
Folder 26 June, 1972
Folder 27 July, 1972
Folder 28 August, 1972
Folder 29 September, 1972
Folder 30 October, 1972
Folder 31 November, 1972
Folder 32 January, 1973
Folder 33 February, 1973
Folder 34 March, 1973

Box 38
Folder 1 April, 1973
Folder 2 May, 1973
Folder 3 June, 1973
Folder 4 July, 1973
Folder 5 August, 1973
Folder 6 September, 1973
Folder 7 October, 1973
Folder 8 November, 1973
Folder 9 December, 1973
Folder 10 January, 1974
Folder 11 February, 1974
Folder 12 March, 1974
Folder 13 April, 1974
Folder 14 May, 1974
Folder 15 June, 1974
Folder 16 July, 1974
Folder 17 August, 1974
Folder 18 September, 1974
Folder 19 October, 1974
Folder 20 November, 1974
Folder 21 December, 1974
Folder 22 January, 1975
Folder 23 February, 1975
Folder 24 March, 1975
Folder 25 April, 1975
Folder 26 May, 1975
Folder 27 June, 1975

Subseries 5. Correspondence

Scope and Content Notes:

The correspondence files consist of the four groupings originally maintained by the U.S. Attorney's office. First, congratulatory correspondence, arranged chronologically. Secondly, also in chronological order by month, is correspondence to and from Thornburgh. Third, there is alphabetically arranged correspondence, for example: A-D, June 1969-June 1975. Both the chronological and alphabetical files contain correspondence to and from Thornburgh and may have some overlap. Fourth, there is correspondence separated by either to or from Thornburgh.

Section: Congratulatory Correspondence

Folder 28 May 6, 1969-June 5, 1969
Folder 29 June 6, 1969-August 14, 1969

Section: Chronological Correspondence


Box 39
Folder 1 June 5, 1969-October 3, 1969
Folder 2 October 6, 1969-December 31, 1969
Folder 3 January 2,1970 -March 31, 1970
Folder 4 April 1, 1970-June 30, 1970
Folder 5 July 1, 1970-October 30, 1970
Folder 6 November 2, 1970-December 30, 1970
Folder 7 January 4, 1971-March 31, 1971
Folder 8 April 1, 1971-July 30, 1971
Folder 9 August 2, 1971-October 29, 1971
Folder 10 November 1, 1971-December 29, 1971
Folder 11 January 3, 1972-March 31, 1972
Folder 12 April 3, 1972-July 31, 1972
Folder 13 August 1, 1972-December 31, 1972
Folder 14 January 2, 1973-April 30, 1973
Folder 15 May 1, 1973-September 28, 1973
Folder 16 October 1, 1973-December 26, 1973
Folder 17 January 3, 1974-April 30, 1974
Folder 18 May 1, 1974-August 30, 1974
Folder 19 September 3, 1974-December 31, 1974
Folder 20 January 1, 1975-March 28, 1975
Folder 21 April 1, 1975-July 3, 1975

Section: Alphabetical Correspondence


Box 40
Folder 1 A-D June, 1969-June, 1975
Folder 2 E-H June, 1969-June, 1975
Folder 3 I-L June, 1969-June, 1975
Folder 4 M-P June, 1969-June, 1975
Folder 5 Q-S June, 1969-June, 1975
Folder 6 T-V June, 1969-June, 1975
Folder 7 W-Z June, 1969-June, 1975

Section: Correspondence To and From Thornburgh

Folder 8 Correspondence to and from Thornburgh June 11, 1969-December 30, 1970
Folder 9 Correspondence to and from Thornburgh January 5, 1971-December 23, 1971
Folder 10 Correspondence to and from Thornburgh January 3, 1972-December 29, 1972
Folder 11 Correspondence to and from Thornburgh January, 1973-July, 1975
Folder 12 Correspondence from Thornburgh 1970-1975
Folder 13 Correspondence to Thornburgh 1971-1977

Subseries 6. United States Attorney of Western Pennsylvania's Files

Scope and Content Notes:

These files contain information kept close at hand by Thornburgh for his personal reference. Here, for example, is the transcript of his swearing in ceremony, accomplishments of his time as USA, annotated issue materials, Thornburgh articles written and published, staff notes and committee reports of significance, including some related to the strike forces. These files serve as an interesting personal overview of Thornburgh's years as U.S. Attorney.


Box 41
Folder 1 Thornburgh Biographies 1969-1975
Folder 2 Thornburgh, U.S. Attorney, miscellaneous 1969-1975
Folder 3 Appointment and reappointment, U.S. Attorney 1969, 1973
Folder 4 Transcription of "Swearing In Ceremony of Richard L. Thornburgh as United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania" June 6, 1969
Folder 5 Unpublished Article by Thornburgh regarding narcotics and judicial reform undated
Folder 6 "Accomplishments of the Office of Richard L. Thornburgh, U.S. Attorney for Western Pennsylvania" 1969-1975
Folder 7 U.S. Attorney Office Staff Notes 1970-1975
Folder 8 Thornburgh's Notes From U.S. Attorneys Conferences 1969-1973
Folder 9 Petition for home rule in Pittsburgh 1972
Folder 10 "Support Your Local Police: The Case for Strict Handgun Controls," by Richard Thornburgh, Juris, Vol. VI, No. 1 (includes background material and correspondence) 1972
Folder 11 "Changing Priorities in the United States Attorney's Office," by Richard Thornburgh, Juris, Vol. Viii No. 2 (includes background material) December 1974
Folder 12 Notes on Criminal Justice 1969-1975
Folder 13 Reports on the Pennsylvania Crime Commission 1969-1974
Folder 14 Pennsylvania Crime Commission: Legislation and Hearings 1972-1973
Folder 15 Correspondence regarding the infiltration of legitimate business by Organized Crime 1972-1974
Folder 16 1899 Refuse Act Prosecution 1971-1972
Folder 17 Third Regional Symposium on Careers in Criminal Justice, Indiana University of Pennsylvania 1973
Folder 18 Reference Materials on Supreme Court Decisions 1969-1975
Folder 19 Testimony regarding proposed amendments to Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure September 17, 1974
Folder 20 Hoiles Committee Meeting: Response from U.S. Attorneys to Proposed Amendment to Rule 16 (B) of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure 1975
Folder 21 Reactions to H.R. 6799: Federal Rules of Criminal Procedures Amendments Act 1975
Folder 22 "Representative Examples of Threats to Government Witnesses in Federal Prosecutions 1970-1975" submitted by Thornburgh, Chairman of the Legislation and Court Rules Subcommittee, Attorney General's Advisory Committee of U.S. Attorneys" March 31, 1975
Folder 23 Newspaper clippings and ephemera about Thornburgh's appointment as Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division 1975
Folder 24 Employment File of Thornburgh, U.S. Attorney 1969-1975
Folder 25 Thornburgh's United States Attorney ephemera 1969-1975
Folder 26 Thornburgh's personal daily calendars 1970-1971

Subseries 7. Memoranda

Scope and Content Notes:

Folders here are arranged chronologically, each of which contains several months of memoranda from June 1969 through July 1975. The first section is a miscellaneous group of memoranda from various persons at DOJ, several related to the USA Advisory Committee, and three from Scarlata, a Thornburgh staff attorney. All the remaining and numerous memoranda are an intriguing array sent by Thornburgh to staff members or "to file" and cover a wide range of topics, especially including cases. Since actual case files ultimately were kept by the Office, these memoranda serve as the only internal reference to these notable cases. The memoranda were used generally by Thornburgh to communicate updates and information on criminal activities, criminal cases, investigations, allegations, and procedures to staff and colleagues.

Section: Memoranda from DOJ and USA staff attorneys


Box 42
Folder 1 1970-1975

Section: Memoranda from USA Thornburgh

Folder 2-3 June 5, 1969 - December 31, 1969
Folder 4-7 1970
Folder 8-11 1971
Folder 12-14 1972
Folder 15-17 1973
Folder 18-20 1974
Folder 21-22 January-July, 1975

Subseries 8. Attorney General's United States Attorneys Advisory Committee

Scope and Content Notes:

Folders here are arranged chronologically and include minutes and reports from the Advisory Committee (AGAC) meetings (1974-1975). "For the first time in the [Justice] Department's history, [AG Richardson] established a mechanism for the systematic input of the ninety-three U.S. Attorneys into the Attorney General's office. The AG's Advisory Committee of U.S. Attorneys was made of a dozen representative holders of that office and became, over the years, a valuable sounding board for a succession of Attorney Generals. I was among the first appointed to the Committee" ("Evidence" draft, p. 196).

Thornburgh's principal contribution was to co-chair a Subcommittee on Field Offices, the final report of which, dated February 15, 1974, is included here. Most of the focus of this inquiry was on the "Strike Forces" operated out of the Organized Crime and Racketeering Section of the Department's Criminal Division (see "Strike Forces Subcommittee" files here). Materials include: memoranda, reports and annotated articles. Topics covered in this subseries may overlap with Thornburgh's subsequent work as the Assistant Attorney General (1975-1977) in charge of the Criminal Division.

Section: Minutes

Folder 23 The Attorney General's Advisory Committee of United States Attorneys (AGAC) First and Second Reports and Recommendations to the Attorney General 1974-1975
Folder 24 AGAC Meeting, San Francisco, California April 24, 1974 - April 26, 1974
Folder 25 AGAC Meeting, Washington, D.C. June 18, 1974 - June 20, 1974
Folder 26 Report of Legislation and Court Rules Subcommittee to the AGAC September 26, 1974
Folder 27 AGAC Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana October 14, 1974 - October 15, 1974
Folder 28 AGAC Meeting, Washington, D.C. January 14, 1975 - January 16, 1975
Folder 29 AGAC Meeting, Washington, D.C. March 18, 1975 - March 19, 1975

Section: Reports and Collected Material


Box 43
Folder 1 AGAC, Subcommittee on Field Offices (strike forces) 1974-1975
Folder 2 "The United States Attorney's Advisory Committee to the Attorney General of the U.S. Report of Subcommittee on Department of Justice Field Office Operations: Concepts and Relationships with U.S. Attorneys" February 15, 1974
Folder 3-5 AGAC: reports, memoranda, teletypes, annotated articles 1973-1975

Subseries 9. Strike Force Subcommittee of the Attorney General's United States Attorneys Advisory Committee

Scope and Content Notes:

These are the files of the Subcommittee on Field Offices, known familiarly as the "strike force" subcommittee. The materials primarily evaluate the effectiveness of strike forces within various U.S. Attorney jurisdictions. These includes memoranda, teletypes, correspondence, news releases, reports, annotated articles and the questionnaire that Thornburgh issued to all of the U.S. Attorneys for evaluation of the Organized Crime Strike Forces in their districts. The final reports of this subcommittee are included with the above "Advisory Committee" files.

Strike Forces are federal teams comprised of investigators and prosecutors who combine their efforts in a single geographic area with a significant organized crime problem in an attempt to control organized crime and racketeering activities within that area. "The 'Strike Forces' had become institutionalized and expanded under [Attorney General] John Mitchell to the point that considerable friction had developed in a number of areas over 'turf' issues and the allocation of cases between the U.S. Attorney, the presidentially-appointed chief law enforcement officer for the district, and the local 'Strike Force' chief, appointed by and responsible to the Attorney General ... Our report, ultimately recommended that the 'Strike Forces' be returned to their original status as 'trouble-shooting' teams and that the role of the U.S.Attorney as the chief federal law enforcement officer in his community be reaffirmed" ("Evidence" draft, p. 196-7).

Files of the other subcommittees of the Attorney General's U.S. Attorneys Advisory Committee follow here. Also see "Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division" files on Strike Forces.

Folder 6 President's Advisory Council on Executive Organization: Report on the Effectiveness of the Executive Branch in Combating Organized Crime: Strike Force Section October 16, 1969
Folder 7 Strike Force reports 1969-1976
Folder 8-9 Memoranda Regarding Strike Force/Organized Crime 1969-1970, 1973-1975
Folder 10 Office of the Attorney General: Order no. 431-70 Establishing Guidelines Governing Interrelationships Between Strike Forces and U.S. Attorneys' Offices April 20, 1970
Folder 11-12 Questionnaires received from United States Attorneys in areas with a Strike Force (and commentary) 1973
Folder 13 Results of U.S. Attorneys' Answers to Strike Force Questionnaire 1973-1974
Folder 14 Correspondence from Strike Force Head 1973-1974
Folder 15 Strike Force related correspondence to and from Thornburgh 1973-1975
Folder 16 Strike Force teletypes to and from Thornburgh 1973-1975
Folder 17 Thornburgh notes on Strike Force 1973-1975
Folder 18 Thornburgh's Strike Force Committee working file 1973-1976

Subseries 10. Subcommittees of the Attorney General's United States Attorneys Advisory Committee

Scope and Content Notes:

These files are arranged by five subcommittees of the Attorney General's U.S. Attorneys Advisory Committee: Subcommittee on Legislation and Court Rules (also see USA Thornburgh files), Subcommittee on Allocation of Case Responsibility and Resources, Subcommittee on Communications and Training, Subcommittee on Investigative Agencies, and the Subcommittee on Criminal Justice. Materials here include memoranda, teletypes, correspondence, news releases, reports and speeches with Thornburgh annotations throughout. Files for the Field Offices Subcommittee that reviewed strike forces are in the separate above section.


Box 44
Folder 1-2 Subcommittee on Legislation and Court Rules 1973-1974
Folder 3 Subcommittee on Allocation of Case Responsibility and Resources 1973-1974
Folder 4 Subcommittee on Communications and Training 1974
Folder 5 Subcommittee on Investigative Agencies 1973-1974
Folder 6 Subcommittee on Criminal Justice: Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure Amendments Act (H.R. 6799) 1974-1975

Subseries 11. United States Attorney's Office Cases

Scope and Content Notes:

Folders in this subseries are arranged chronologically and most of the materials are newspaper clippings collected by Thornburgh since the "official" legal case files remain with the U.S. Attorney's Office. It should be noted, however, that there are extremely interesting references to cases in the "Memoranda" section. The cases involve official corruption in Pennsylvania government, organized crime and racketeering. The bulk of the material focuses on the official corruption case involving District Attorney Robert Duggan, chief of Pittsburgh's Racket Squad.

Folder 7 Government case News Clippings (annotated) 1969-1975
Folder 8-9 Case articles (annotated) 1969-1975
Folder 10-11 Robert Duggan Case 1966-1974
Folder 12 Robert Duggan Case Clippings (annotated) 1969-1977
Folder 13 Samuel Ferraro Case Clippings (annotated) 1973-1974
Folder 14 Frank Mazzei Case Clippings (annotated) 1975
Folder 15 Frank Hilton Case Clippings (annotated) 1974-1975
Folder 16 Milton Shapp and Gene Coon Case Clippings (annotated) 1975
Folder 17 Anthony Grosso, Frank Bruno and Eugene Coon Case Clippings (annotated) 1973-1975

Subseries 12. Issue References

Scope and Content Notes:

The Issue References are grouped by topics as follow: Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, Other Issues, and Reports. The bulk of the materials in this subseries are newspaper clippings, but files also include magazine articles, news releases and reports. Narcotics and dangerous drugs constitute the largest topic. "Other topics" includes mental health and gun control. "Reports" include both published and unpublished materials on issues related to USA Office.

Section: Other Issues


Box 45
Folder 1 Narcotics and dangerous drugs (annotated) 1969-1972
Folder 2 Speech notes 1969-1970
Folder 3 Federal Proposals and Action (annotated) 1969-1970
Folder 4 International (annotated) 1969-1970
Folder 5 Law Enforcement (annotated) 1969-1970
Folder 6 Pennsylvania Agencies and Legislation (annotated) 1969-1975
Folder 7 Rehabilitation and Treatment (annotated) 1969-1970
Folder 8 Research (annotated) 1969-1970
Folder 9 Narcotics and dangerous drugs: Pittsburgh (annotated) 1969-1970
Folder 10 Clippings (annotated) 1969-1975
Folder 11 Articles and News Releases (annotated) 1969-1975
Folder 12 Marijuana (annotated) 1969
Folder 13 Methadone Treatment for Heroin Addiction (annotated) 1969-1970
Folder 14 Chatham College Drug Lectures 1970-1973
Folder 15 Narcotics and dangerous drugs: New York (annotated) 1970
Folder 16 Senate Committee Hearings, Pittsburgh, PA January 18-19, 1971
Folder 17 Mental Health (annotated) 1973
Folder 18 Gun Control (annotated) 1972-1974

Section: Reports

Folder 19 "The Challenge of Crime in a Free Society," by the President's Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Justice February, 1967
Folder 20 "Preliminary Draft of Proposed Rules of Evidence for the United States District Courts and Magistrates," by the Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure of the Judicial Conference of the United States March, 1969
Folder 21 "Measures Relating to Organized Crime," Hearings before the Subcommittee on Criminal Laws and Procedures of the Committee on the Judiciary of the U.S. Senate March, 1969, June, 1969
Folder 22 "Organized Crime Control Acts of 1969 and 1970," Reports of the Committee on the Judiciary of the U.S. Senate 1969, 1971
Folder 23 "What YOU Should Know About Drugs and Narcotics," by Alton Blakeslee, The Associated Press 1969
Folder 24 "Toward Reducing Crime in Pennsylvania," report of the Legislative-Executive Task Force on Reorganization (Corrections) September 15, 1970
Folder 25 "Making the Safe Streets Act Work: An Intergovernmental Challenge," by the Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations September, 1970
Folder 26 "State-Local Relations in the Criminal Justice System," by the Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations August, 1971
Folder 27 "Analysis of the Allegheny County Criminal Justice System: Present Operations and Alternative Programs," by Jacqueline Cohen, Michel Lettre, and Richard Stafford, Carnegie Mellon University February, 1972

Box 46
Folder 1 "A National Strategy to Reduce Crime, National Advisory on Criminal Justice Standards and Goals January 23, 1973
Folder 2 Working Papers of the National Conference on Criminal Justice January 23-26, 1973
Folder 3 "Public Exposure of Illegitimate Business," by John L. Obrecht April, 1973
Folder 4 "Standards relating to the Urban Police Function," by the American Bar Association Project on Standards for Criminal Justice June, 1973
Folder 5 Criminal Behavior and the Control of Crime: An Economic Perspective," by Timothy H. Hannan November, 1974
Folder 6 "Deskbook on Organized Crime," by the Chamber of Commerce of the United States undated
Folder 7 "An Enquiry How Far the Punishment of Death is Necessary in Pennsylvania," by William Bradford, Esq. undated
Folder 8 "Counsel for the United States: An Empirical Analysis..." by James Eisenstein 1968