Guide to the Dick Thornburgh Papers, 1932- AIS.1998.30.07

ULS Archives & Special Collections

 Series VII. U.S. Attorney for Western Pennsylvania, 1969-1975

Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives & Special Collections
Title
Dick Thornburgh Papers, Series VII. U.S. Attorney for Western Pennsylvania
Creator
Thornburgh, Dick, 1932-
Collection Number
AIS.1998.30.07
Date
1969-1975
Extent
17.5 linear feet
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.
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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.

Preferred Citation

Dick Thornburgh Papers, 1932- , AIS.1998.30, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Archives & Special Collections, June 30, 2004

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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.

Acquisition Informatioin

Gift of Dick Thornburgh, February 27, 1998

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.

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

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • 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.

Geographic Name(s)

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

Occupation(s)

  • Money laundering

Personal Name(s)

  • Thornburgh, Dick, 1932-

Subject(s)

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

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Previous Citation

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

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Collection Inventory

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

Scope and Contents note

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 Contents note

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.

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"The Continuing American Revolution," Pittsburgh Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, Pittsburgh, PA September 17, 1969 331
Online
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"Are We Really Serious About the Crime Problem?" University of Pittsburgh Law Review, Pittsburgh, PA March 19, 1970 2
Online
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"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 3
Online
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"Metropolitan Government - Would you Repeat the Question, Please?" University of Pittsburgh's Intercollegiate Conference on Government, Pittsburgh, PA October 22, 1970 4
Online
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"Why Worry about Gambling...?" Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, Pittsburgh, PA January 21, 1971 5
Online
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"The Threat of Organized Crime in Western PA," Crawford Country Bar Association, Meadville, PA April 22, 1971 6
Online
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"Some Observations on Our System Under Stress," McKean County Bar Association Law Day April 30, 1971 7
Online
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Memorial Day Program, McKeesport, PA May 31, 1971 8
Online
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"Today's Youth - the Not-So-Silent Majority," United Mental Health, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA June 7, 1971 9
Online
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"One Nation...Indivisible?" New Horizons for Faith Series, Pittsburgh, PA July 4, 1971 10
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"Crime and the Business Community," Pittsburgh Chapter National Association of Accountants, Pittsburgh, PA September 15, 1971 11
(""Crime and the Business Community," Pittsburgh Chapter National Association of Accountants, Pittsburgh, PA" online pending)
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"Organized Crime and Legitimate Business," Credo Club, Pittsburgh, PA February 22, 1972 12
Online
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"The Criminal Justice System in Greater Pittsburgh Today," Public Forum "What About Pittsburgh?", Pittsburgh, PA February 24, 1972 13
Online
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"Toward a Safer Community - the Matter of Police Protection," Association of Borough Mayors of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, PA April 22, 1972 14
Online
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"One Nation...Indivisible?" Flag Day Observances, Oakmont and McKeesport, PA June 18, 1972 15
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"Restoring Respect for American Institutions - Actions Speak Louder than Words," South Hills Area School Districts' Summer Conference, Seven Springs, PA July 30, 1972 16
Online
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"The Threat of Organized Crime in Western PA," Beaver County Boroughs Association, Monaca, PA September 27, 1972 17
Online
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"Responsibilities of Elected Officials Regarding Crime and Law Enforcement," Allegheny County Association of Township Officials, Sewickley, PA October 14, 1972 18
Online
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"Organized Crime and Legitimate Business," Beaver County Chapter National Association of Accountants, Beaver Valley, PA November 16, 1972 19
Online
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"The Outlook for Criminal Justice in Allegheny County," Public Affairs Forum, Pittsburgh, PA January 18, 1973 20
Online
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"Toward a Safer Community - the Matter of Police Protection," Allegheny County Boroughs Association, Sewickley, PA May 25, 1972 21
Online
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"What's Left Undone...by Whom?" First Annual Conference on Police Ethics, Pittsburgh, PA May 15, 1973 22
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"The Professional Policeman," Allegheny County Police Training Academy, Allison Park, PA June 1, 1973 23
Online
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"Some Bits and Pieces of My Mind," Sewickley Academy, Sewickley, PA June 7, 1973 24
Online
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"One Nation...Indivisible?" Queen Aliquippa Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, Youghiogheny Country Club, PA June 16, 1973 25
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Hearings of the Government Study Commission City of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA October 10,1973 26
Online
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Hearings of the Government Study Commission City of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA October 15, 1973 27
Online
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"Integrity...the Missing Ingredient," Western PA Safety Council, Pittsburgh, PA January 22, 1974 28
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"The Problem of the Individual in our Mass Society," Washington and Jefferson College, Washington, PA April 16, 1974 29
Online
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"Challenges to Our System," Pittsburgh Branch of the American Association of University Women, Pittsburgh, PA May 11, 1974 30
Online
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"The Threat of Organized Crime in Western PA," Meadville Area Chamber of Commerce, Meadville, PA May 16, 1974 31
Online
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"The Professional Policeman," Allegheny County Police Training Academy, Allison Park, PA May 24, 1974 32
Online
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"Challenges to Criminal Justice," Western PA Chapter Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Pittsburgh, PA June 14, 1974 33
Online
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"Why Worry about Gambling...?" Rotary Club of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA July 17, 1974 34
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"Challenges to Our System: the Crisis of Integrity," Washington County Branch of the PA Economy League, Washington, PA October 30, 1974 35
Online
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"Mother's Milk Gone Sour: the Problems of Political Financing," Building Owners and Managers Association of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA November 11, 1974 36
Online
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"Picking up the Pieces," Republican Party in Allegheny County, PA December 11, 1974 37
Online
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"To the Graduate: a Plea for the Healthy Skeptic," LaRoche College, Pittsburgh, PA May 11, 1975 38
Online
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"Cash and Carry Politics: a Challenge to Our System," PA Economy League, Inc., Beaver Falls, PA May 22, 1975 39
Online
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"The American Dream: What Does America Have to Look Forward to?" May 26, 1975 40
Online
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Commission on the Review of the National Policy Toward Gambling, Philadelphia, PA May 29, 1975 41
Online
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"The Threat of Organized Crime in Western PA "We Are all Victims" " 1969-1975 42
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"A Meet Person Learned in the Law: Changing Priorities in the United States Attorney's Office" 1969-1975 43
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"Partisan Politics and Law Enforcement" 1969-1975 44

Subseries  2. News Releases 

Scope and Contents note

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.

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 July 1-December 6, 1969 45
 1. Thornburgh was sworn in this month as United States Attorney for the Western District of PA, July 1, 1969 Online
 2. FBI agents in Pittsburgh arrested five individuals identified as leading figures in La Cosa Nostra, August 25, 1969 Online
 3. Thornburgh announced the appointment of Bernhard Schaffler as an Assistant Attorney for the Western District of PA, August, 1969 Online
 4. Thornburgh announced the retention of three Assistant U.S. Attorneys who had served under previous administrations, September 19, 1969 Online
 5. Thornburgh and H. Alan Long, District Director of the Internal Revenue Service, announced the arrest of three people accused of operating as "10 Percenters", September - December, 1969 Online
 6. Thornburgh outlined present and proposed federal weapons in the fight against organized crime, November 18, 1969 Online
 7. Thornburgh will serve as moderator of a "Workshop on Organized Crime" in the Crusade Against Crime program, December 2, 1969 Online
 8. Thornburgh announced the creation of a special Organized Crime and Racketeering Unit, December 6, 1969 Online
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 January-July, 1970 46
 1. "Ready for the Seventies" is how Thornburgh describes the Federal Prosecutor's Office on the eve of the Winter Criminal Trial term, January, 1970 Online
 2. Thornburgh announced the initiation of discussions with federal officials in West Virginia concerning organized crime activities, January 22, 1970 Online
 3. Thornburgh reports that "Operation Expedite" on draft evasion cases being prosecuted in his office is getting results, February 14, 1970 Online
 4. Thornburgh will be the featured speaker at the annual banquet of the University of Pittsburgh Law Review on March 19, 1970, March, 1970 Online
 5. A federal grand jury indicted two men on charges under the 1968 Federal Extortionate Credit Transactions Act, March 31, 1970 Online
 6. Mayor Flaherty has chosen wisely in selecting John Bingler as Pittsburgh's new Public Safety Director, April 1, 1970 Online
 7. A federal grand jury indicted a Pittsburgh man on charges of theft from various employee benefit plans maintained by the Teamsters, Carpenters, Laborers and Operating Engineers Unions, April 1, 1970 Online
 8. Thornburgh announced the arrest by FBI agents of Thomas Nee, Jr. on charges of illegal interception of wire communications, April 9, 1970 Online
 9. Thornburgh will be the featured speaker at an Earth Day program at the Ellis School\, Pittsburgh on April 22, April, 1970 Online
 10. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit took action in two cases involving major narcotics traffickers in Pittsburgh, April 30, 1970 Online
 11. Arthur Petrosky was convicted by a federal court jury on charges of transporting illegal football pools in interstate commerce, May 5, 1970 Online
 12. Thornburgh criticized efforts of local justices of the peace to overturn the ban on jaypees holding public and political office during their terms, May 16, 1970 Online
 13. Special agents of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs raided a suburban Pittsburgh laboratory used to manufacture amphetamines, May 20, 1970 Online
 14. A federal appeals court has dismissed as moot Allegheny County District Attorney Robert W. Duggan's appeal, May, 1970 Online
 15. There has been an increase in the number of incidents of attempted tampering or intimidation of jury members and witnesses in federal criminal cases, May, 1970 Online
 16. Thornburgh will be among nearly 100 top federal law enforcement officials meeting in D.C. for a special conference called by the Department of Justice, June 9, 1970 Online
 17. Thornburgh was promised a federal anti-organized crime Strike Force would be operative in Western PA before the end of the summer, June, 1970 Online
 18. Thornburgh called attention to federal laws which make it illegal for corporations and labor organizations to contribute to federal election campaigns, June 24, 1970 Online
 19. Ceremonies will be held in the U.S. Court for Western PA commemorating the 100th anniversary of the U.S. Department of Justice, June 30, 1970 Online
 20. Two Pittsburgh retailers entered pleas of guilty to specific charges of their respective indictments, July, 1970 Online
 21. One of the major heroin traffickers in Western PA was arrested by agents of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, July 16, 1970 Online
 22. Thornburgh announced the appointment of David M. Curry as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of PA, July 20, 1970 Online
 23. The Department of Justice wishes to make it clear it will tolerate no attempts on the part of criminals to threaten Judges, July 24, 1970 Online
 24. Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas D. McBroom urged police officers to exercise discretion when dealing with hard narcotics users, July 30, 1970 Online
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 July-December, 1970 341
 1. Thornburgh announced revised assignments within his office in preparation for increased federal anti-organized crime activity, August, 1970 Online
 2. A number of persons, including several Allegheny County Detectives, have been subpoenaed to appear before a federal grand jury this week in Pittsburgh, August, 1970 Online
 3. A federal grand jury indicted the President and Secretary-Treasurer of District 5 of the United Mine Workers of America on charges filing false financial reports, August 4, 1970 Online
 4. U.S. Customs agents seized more than a quarter of a pound of raw opium shortly after its delivery through the U.S. mail, August 5, 1970 Online
 5. The federal grand jury investigating Samuel Ferraro on tax obstruction recessed late this morning, August 13, 1970 Online
 6. A federal grand jury returned a fifteen-count indictment against Auldus Turner, Jr. and Joseph Schuchert, Jr., August 26, 1970 Online
 7. A federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment against Reuben Lando for failing to keep accurate records of amphetamine and barbiturates sales, September 11, 1970 Online
 8. Joseph Harper was sentenced to one year in prison for willful failure to file Federal Income Tax returns, September 25, 1970 Online
 9. Thornburgh announced that Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas D. McBroom had accepted a position on the staff of U.S. Attorney Stan G. Pitkin in Seattle, October 4, 1970 Online
 10. Thornburgh will be the featured speaker at the annual "Rigatoni Night" of the Glassport, PA, Lion's Club, October 13, 1970 Online
 11. Robert Torquato was sentenced to four years in prison for jury tampering, October 14, 1970 Online
 12. A federal grand jury indicted a McKeesport City Councilman on illegal wire-tapping charges under the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, October 14, 1970 Online
 13. Thornburgh reminded corporations and labor organizations that federal laws make it illegal for them to contribute to federal election campaigns, October 16, 1970 Online
 14. PA Governor Raymond P. Shafer will host "The Governor and the People" to be shown locally, October 24, 1970 Online
 15. Public statements that a narcotics addict was denied help by every public agency or hospital approached for aid are untrue, October 28, 1970 Online
 16. Federal authorities took court action to force disclosures of certain financial affairs of John Sebastian LaRocca, November 5, 1970 Online
 17. Thornburgh filed criminal charges against Jones & Laughlin Steel Corporation for alleged unlawful discharge of oil\, grease and metallic particles into the Ohio River, November 9, 1970 Online
 18. Thornburgh characterized community hypocrisy as a major stumbling block in dealing with rehabilitating narcotics addicts, November 14, 1970 Online
 19. A federal grand jury returned a 21 count indictment charging misapplication of funds of Mellon National Bank and Western PA National Bank, November 17, 1970 Online
 20. Over 100 FBI agents staged a series of coordinated raids on 22 suspected gambling locations in the Pittsburgh area, November 21, 1970 Online
 21. A federal grand jury indicted six area men on charges connected with the alleged theft of a tractor-trailer load of color televisions, December 8, 1970 Online
 22. Thornburgh will commence a probe into large scale illegal gambling operations in Pittsburgh, December 8, 1970  Online
 23. Thornburgh announced the appointment of the first female Assistant U.S. Attorney to serve in his office. The appointee is Kathleen Kelly, December 13, 1970 Online
 24. Indictments are the first results of a year-long investigations by FBI agents into organized illegal sports betting in the Pittsburgh area, December, 1970 Online
 25. Federal anti-crime efforts in Western PA will be stepped up considerably during 1971 due to a doubling of available prosecutors, December 30, 1970 Online
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 January-June, 1971 2
 1. Federal authorities took further court action to force disclosure of the financial affairs of John Sebastian LaRocca, January 4, 1971 Online
 2. A former detective on the Allegheny County Racket Squad was convicted of two counts of perjury, January 13, 1971 Online
 3. Statement of Thornburgh before the Special Committee on Alcoholism and Narcotics of the Senate Committee on Labor and Public Welfare, January 18, 1971 Online
 4. Thornburgh and members of his staff have scheduled a number of meetings with student groups on local campuses to open better lines of communication, January 22, 1971 Online
 5. A special federal grand jury to investigate organized crime in Western PA will begin receiving testimony, January 23, 1971 Online
 6. Additional suspected illegal wiretaps are under investigation by federal officials in the Pittsburgh area, February 16, 1971 Online
 7. The conviction of Augustine Ferrone was upheld today, February 19, 1971 Online
 8. Allegheny County's criminal justice system requires a massive overhaul, February 20, 1971 Online
 9. Four members of Local 341 of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters were indicted for criminal violations of the Hobbs Anti-Racketeering Act, March 11, 1971 Online
 10. A federal grand jury indicted Alphonso Monzo for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, March 17, 1971 Online
 11. Judge Louis Rosenberg has ordered the production of books and records of North Star Cement Block Company\, Inc. to be made to the IRS, March 24, 1971 Online
 12. A special federal grand jury returned two indictments against a total of 26 persons alleged to be involved in two illegal numbers and sports-betting operations, March 26, 1971 Online
 13. Judge Joseph F. Weis refused to appoint a lawyer at taxpayers' expense for Frank X. Gaca, March 31, 1971 Online
 14. Thornburgh instituted criminal proceedings under the Refuse Act against the U.S. Steel Corporation, Jones & Laughlin Steel Corporation, and the Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corporation, April 6, 1971 Online
 15. Thornburgh announced the appointment of four additional Assistant U.S. Attorneys, April 12, 1971 Online
 16. Letter sent from Thornburgh to the Chiefs of the Probation Office of twenty-five PA counties, April, 1971 Online
 17. 26 defendants, named in two indictments returned last month on charges of violating the federal gambling laws, entered pleas of not guilty, April 27, 1971 Online
 18. A federal court jury convicted Robert Howard Brown of assault on a federal officer with a deadly weapon, April 29, 1971 Online
 19. Thornburgh will be the principal speaker at a Law Day dinner sponsored by the McKean County Bar Association, April 30, 1971 Online
 20. Judge Edward Dumbauld fined a contractor and the two construction companies he owns and operates a total of $15,000 for failure to pay workmen time and 1/2 for overtime, May 3, 1971 Online
 21. Clarence Scott was sentenced to five years in prison for devising a credit card scheme to defraud major oil companies and the Mellon National Bank, May 3, 1971 Online
 22. A federal court jury convicted Harry Croft McKelvey on nine counts of misapplication of funds of two local banking institutions, May 4, 1971 Online
 23. A federal court jury found Donald R. Brenneman guilty on four counts of violation the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, May 11, 1971 Online
 24. Thornburgh will address the Christy Park Works' Management Club of the United States Steel Corporation, May 13, 1971 Online
 25. The Department of Justice filed a civil suit under the 1899 Refuse Act against Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corporation to halt waste pollution from three of its plants, May 17, 1971 Online
 26. Nicholas Pecoraro was indicted for perjury in connection with a probe of illegal gambling and official corruption in Westmoreland County, May 27, 1971 Online
 27. A federal judge dismissed a suit filed by former Pittsburgh City Magistrate Leonard Civill, June 9, 1971 Online
 28. Thornburgh will be among top federal prosecutors from throughout the U.S. at a three day conference in Washington, D.C., June 15, 1971 Online
 29. A federal grand jury returned a nine-count indictment against a former bank Assistant Vice President in connection with an alleged fund understatement, June 23, 1971 Online
 30. Thornburgh filed federal criminal charges against Melvin W. Humphreys, Vice-president of Teamsters Local 249 for violation of the Interstate Commerce Act, June 25, 1971 Online
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 July-September, 1971 3
 1. A three-year prison sentence was handed out to a Coraopolis chemist found guilty of illegally manufacturing dl-amphetamine sulfate, July 6, 1971 Online
 2. Harold Calig entered a guilty plea to eight counts of criminal income tax fraud, July 9, 1971 Online
 3. FBI agents arrested two area men on charges of violating the new federal anti-gambling statutes, July 12, 1971 Online
 4. Thornburgh instituted criminal proceedings under the Refuse Act against Ashland Oil, Inc. for discharging refuse from its manufacturing establishment, July 13, 1971 Online
 5. Augustine Ferrone will begin serving a three month jail term for charges of assaulting federal officers, July 19, 1971 Online
 6. A former Pittsburgh area bank executive was sentenced to two months imprisonment on nine counts of misapplying $29,000 from two local banks, July 20, 1971 Online
 7. Guidelines for citizens who seek to gather evidence of water pollution in violation of the 1899 Refuse Act were announced today, July 22, 1971 Online
 8. A special federal grand jury investigating organized crime and racketeering in Western PA will reconvene in Pittsburgh, July 25, 1971 Online
 9. Nearly 75 FBI agents carried out raids on sites involved in the illegal gambling operations of Anthony Grosso, July 26, 1971 Online
 10. Four Western PA men indicted by the special organized crime grand jury, entered pleas of not guilty, July 27, 1971 Online
 11. A federal grand jury returned the first indictment under the new federal statute dealing with the corruption of local law enforcement officials by syndicated gambling interests, July 28, 1971 Online
 12. Six men were indicted on charges of conspiracy and mail fraud by the Special Anti-Organized Crime grand jury, July 28, 1971 Online
 13. A special federal grand jury returned two indictments against Thomas Pecora, Business Manager of Laborers Local 1058, July 28, 1971 Online
 14. A federal Judge awarded a total of $5,000 to three citizens who had furnished stream pollution information to U.S. Attorney, Richard Thornburgh, July 30, 1971 Online
 15. At the Rotary Club of Pittsburgh, Thornburgh will present a progress report on the federal government's efforts against organized crime in Western PA , August, 1971 Online
 15. A federal grand jury indicted Pittsburgh Police officer Leonard Monti on six counts of receiving and transporting stolen U.S. postage stamps, August 10, 1971 Online
 16. A federal grand jury indicted three men for jury tampering, August 11, 1971 Online
 17. Thornburgh will present a progress report on the federal government's efforts against organized crime, August 18, 1971 Online
 18. Thornburgh established a separate Appellate Division in his office to handle the increasing number of appeals in criminal cases, August 23, 1971 Online
 19. Harold Calig was sentenced to one day in jail and fined on charges of criminal income tax fraud, August 24, 1971 Online
 20. The special federal grand jury investigating organized crime and racketeering will reconvene in Pittsburgh, September 12, 1971 Online
 21. Trial of 69 remaining criminal water pollution charges against three Pittsburgh steel producers will be delayed, September, 1971 Online
 22. A federal grand jury indicted a former member of Allegheny County District Attorney Robert Duggan's "Racket Squad" on perjury charges, September 15, 1971 Online
 23. Federal prosecutors have won the right to use certain eyewitness testimony in the retrial of William E. Zeiler on bank robbery charges, September 16, 1971 Online
 24. Six men indicted on charges of conspiracy and mail fraud entered pleas of not guilty in federal district court, September 16, 1971 Online
 25. Trial of four members of Local 341 of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters will commence today before Judge Rabe F. Marsh, Jr., September 21, 1971 Online
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 October-December, 1971 4
 1. Allegheny County's criminal justice system requires a massive overhaul, October 1, 1971 Online
 2. A former member of Allegheny County District Attorney Robert Duggan's "Racket Squad" pleaded not guilty to perjury charges, October 6, 1971 Online
 3. The special federal grand jury investigating organized crime and racketeering will reconvene in Pittsburgh, October 17, 1971 Online
 4. Two of three men indicted in connection with a conspiracy to procure perjured testimony will be arraigned in federal district court tomorrow, October 18, 1971 Online
 5. A federal court jury returned guilty verdicts against Anthony DiNucci and Ralph Genareo for receiving and selling Cadillac automobiles stolen and transported in interstate commerce during 1969, October 20, 1971 Online
 6. Thomas Pecora, Business Manager of Laborers Local 1058, will be arraigned on charges from two indictments returned last summer, October 21, 1971 Online
 7. Thornburgh announced the appointment of James A. Villanova as an Assistant United States Attorney, October 26, 1971 Online
 8. Thornburgh will be the featured speaker at the Student-Guest Public Forum, the annual Fayette County Republican Committee Banquet, and the fall meeting of Navy Chapter 50 of the Reserve Officers Association, October 27, 1971 Online
 9. A federal court jury returned guilty verdicts against the Mayor and Chief of Police of Jeannette together with the individual in charge of illegal numbers operations in that city, October 28, 1971 Online
 10. Thornburgh asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit to issue a writ of mandamus, October 29, 1971 Online
 11. Judge Joseph F. Weis ordered the appointment of a receiver for real estate which is owned by the Iannellis, who were indicted for violation of the federal anti-gambling statutes, November 3, 1971 Online
 12. Thornburgh filed a petition with the U.S. District Court, on behalf of the Secretary of Labor, charging civil and criminal contempt against William Fiore, November 3, 1971 Online
 13. The special federal grand jury investigating organized crime and racketeering will reconvene in Pittsburgh, November 14, 1971 Online
 14. A special federal grand jury returned an indictment growing out of a gangland-style bombing in Plum Borough last summer, November 17, 1971 Online
 15. Five Thornburgh staff members are engaged in an effort to close the communication gap between law enforcement officials and young black Pittsburghers, November 22, 1971 Online
 16. Statement on the action of the grand jury against large scale illegal gambling enterprises in Western PA, December 8, 1971 Online
 17. A federal grand jury indicted ten persons on charges of violating the anti-gambling provisions of the Organized Crime Control Act of 1970, December 8, 1971 Online
 18. Milton J. Carp has been named Attorney-in-Charge of the U.S. Department of Justice "Strike Force" in Pittsburgh, December 10, 1971 Online
 19. Thornburgh and Joseph Dino announced the arrest of three individuals and the seizure of 30 pounds of marihuana, December 15, 1971 Online
 20. Judge Gerald J. Weber denied motions of James Hockenberry to dismiss perjury indictments returned against him, December 23, 1971 Online
 21. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Thomas A. Daley and Samuel J. Orr, III received Special Achievement Awards for superior performance, December 28, 1971 Online
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 January-March, 1972 5
 1. Three persons allegedly involved in local gambling activities were arrested today, January 7, 1972 Online
 2. Thornburgh will address the Public Affairs Forum of the Golden Triangle YMCA on "Some Straight Talk About Wiretapping and Organized Crime." January, 1972 Online
 3. Thornburgh filed three criminal charges against Pittsburgh industries under the 1899 Refuse Act, January 10, 1972 Online
 4. A federal court jury convicted former Allegheny County Detective James D. Hockenberry on 3 counts of perjury, January 21, 1972 Online
 5. Thornburgh announced that his office is investigating the circumstances surrounding the failure of six witnesses to testify for the government against Hockenberry, January, 1972 Online
 6. Thornburgh departs for a three day conference in Ohio of top federal law enforcement officials, January 26, 1972 Online
 7. A federal grand jury indicted Jack Greenberg and Dr. Vincent Sundry on narcotics charges, January 26, 1972 Online
 8. A federal grand jury indicted five Pittsburgh men for the threat to blow up a United Airline jet unless they received $250,000, January 26, 1972  Online
 9. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit denied a new trial to convicted Pittsburgh narcotics dealer Calvin Clark, February 2, 1972 Online
 10. Thirty federal law enforcement officials met with President Nixon at the White House to discuss trafficking in narcotics and dangerous drugs, February 8, 1972 Online
 11. A federal grand jury indicted Leonard Monti\, Albert Vensel and Henry Zottola on charges of conversion and sale, February, 1972 Online
 12. Thornburgh filed the first legal actions brought in Western PA under the Federal Economic Stabilization Act of 1970, February 15, 1972 Online
 13. Judge Joseph F. Weis entered an order upholding the government's right to use wiretap evidence, February 16, 1972 Online
 14. Judge John L. Miller entered an injunction against Beacon Climax Furniture and Appliance Company based on the Federal Economic Stabilization Act of 1970, February 29, 1972 Online
 15. A few Beaver County residents were served with subpoenas requiring their appearance before the special federal grand jury investigating organized crime and racketeering in Western PA, March, 1972 Online
 16. A federal grand jury indicted a former District Attorney on tax evasion charges, March 7, 1972 Online
 17. A federal grand jury indicted a member of Allegheny County District Attorney Robert W. Duggan's Detective Bureau on perjury charges, March 8, 1972 Online
 18. A federal grand jury returned indictments against 20 individuals alleged to be involved in the distribution of heroin and cocaine in the Greater Pittsburgh area, March 10, 1972 Online
 19. Thornburgh will address the Carnegie Rotary Club at a luncheon meeting in Heidelberg, PA, March 14, 1972 Online
 20. Joseph Anthony Bertone was indicted on the charge of giving false information to the First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Pittsburgh, March 28, 1972 Online
 21. Thornburgh will address a community assembly of Rotary Clubs on the subject of "Toward a Safer Community.", March 28, 1972 Online
 22. Forty persons alleged to be involved in the Anthony Michael Grosso numbers operation were indicted by federal grand jury, March 29, 1972 Online
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 April-June, 1972 6
 1. A federal grand jury returned a three-count indictment charging three men in connection with an international theft, April 4, 1972 Online
 2. A federal grand jury returned a 23-count indictment against nine individuals alleged to be involved in international heroin traffic, April 4, 1972 Online
 3. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit denied the appeals of Louis Socrates Davis and Ronald Monroe Fields, April 4, 1972 Online
 4. Former Allegheny County Detective James D. Hockenberry was sentenced to a year in prison, April 5, 1972 Online
 5. Thornburgh called for legislation regulating the private possession and use of handguns in PA, April 5, 1972 Online
 6. Thornburgh announced that his office is investigating consumer complaints about alleged deceptive practices involving the sale of graves to veterans, April 8, 1972 Online
 7. Earl Rager and Patricia Orbin were indicted on charges of mail fraud and violations of the Gun Control Act of 1968, April 12, 1972 Online
 8. Arthur Frendzel was indicted on charges of using the mails to obtain money by false pretenses, April 12, 1972 Online
 9. A federal grand jury returned an indictment of a United Mine Workers district official in Kentucky on a conspiracy charge, April 12, 1972 Online
 10. Thornburgh announced that an additional special grand jury will be empanelled for the purpose of investigating organized crime and racketeering, April 20, 1972 Online
 11. Anthony Michael Grosso and six other defendants will be arraigned tomorrow on illegal gambling charges, April 27, 1972 Online
 12. A federal court jury convicted Robert Iannelli and seven co-defendants of conspiracy and violation of the Federal Organized Crime Control Act of 1970, April 28, 1972 Online
 13. Three persons were indicted on conspiracy and mail fraud charges, May 3, 1972 Online
 14. Thornburgh announced the filing of civil penalty enforcement suits against seven Western PA coal operators, May 8, 1972 Online
 15. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit turned down an appeal filed by Michael Riehl, Arthur Rinaldi and James Chick, May, 1972 Online
 16. Thornburgh will meet with representatives of the Western PA Chiefs of Police Association to discuss police corruption, May 14, 1972 Online
 17. Police Chief Donald Crandall of North Versailles and two others will be arraigned tomorrow on charges of conspiracy and mail fraud, May 17, 1972 Online
 18. Two members of Allegheny County District Attorney Robert W. Duggan's Detective Bureau were indicted today, May 23, 1972 Online
 19. Thornburgh announced that a special federal grand jury will be empanelled next month to investigate drug trafficking, May 23, 1972 Online
 20. Thornburgh will be the principal speaker at a meeting of the Allegheny Boroughs Association, May 25, 1972 Online
 21. The special federal grand jury investigating organized crime and racketeering indicted four Pittsburgh men in connection with the operation of a large scale illegal gambling operation, June 6, 1972 Online
 22. Anthony Acon and Captain Louis Ceccerelli were indicted on perjury charges, June 6, 1972 Online
 23. Two members of Allegheny County District Attorney Robert W. Duggan's Detective Bureau will be arraigned in Pittsburgh, June 12, 1972 Online
 24. Statement on the dangers of links between organized crime leaders and organized labor leaders, June 15, 1972 Online
 25. Nicholas Lomakin pleaded guilty to charges of income tax evasion, June 15, 1972 Online
 26. A federal district court jury convicted two Pittsburgh area labor officials for violation of the Federal Landrum-Griffin Act, June 15, 1972 Online
 27. Aliquippa Police Captain Louis A. Ceccerelli will be arraigned on charges of perjury, June 16, 1972 Online
 28. A federal grand jury returned two indictments charging unlawful diversion of federal anti-poverty funds, June 21, 1972 Online
 29. Thornburgh filed suit against Midpoint Cogent, Inc. charging violation of the rent regulations issued under the Economic Stabilization Act of 1970, June 21, 1972 Online
 30. Three McKeesport men convicted of illegal wiretapping will be sentenced in U.S. District Court, June 22, 1972 Online
 31. A federal grand jury returned indictments against six persons for violations of Federal Firearms laws, June 22, 1972 Online
 32. A federal grand jury returned a nine-count indictment against a former bank Assistant Vice President in connection with an alleged fund understatement, June 23, 1972 Online
 33. A federal appeals court has denied relief to former Pittsburgh Magistrate Leonard A. Civill, June, 1972 Online
 34. Stiff jail terms were imposed on eight defendants convicted of participation in the large scale illegal gambling operation of Robert Iannelli, June 26, 1972 Online
 35. Federal authorities arrested a Pittsburgh attorney on charges relating to a purported fix of a drug case in Federal Court, June 26, 1972 Online
 36. Four men indicted earlier this month in connection with the operation of an alleged large-scale illegal gambling operation will be arraigned, June 29, 1972 Online
 37. Thornburgh filed civil penalty enforcement suits against twelve more coal operators under the Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act of 1969, June 29, 1972 Online
 38. The first federal grand jury ever specially empanelled to look into organized crime and racketeering completes its service next week, June 1972 Online
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 July-September, 1972 7
 1. Statement on the Port Authority Transit ordering its employees to use a car wash operated by John LaRocca, July 6, 1972 Online
 2. Attorney John W. Campbell, Jr. was indicted on charges relating to a purported fix of a drug case in federal court, July 10, 1972 Online
 3. An Altoona man was indicted for making false statements to the special federal grand jury investigating organized crime and racketeering, July 10, 1972 Online
 4. Eight Western PA residents were indicted by the special federal grand jury investigating organized crime and racketeering, July 10, 1972 Online
 5. A federal appeals court in Philadelphia has upheld the first conviction ever obtained in Western PA under the 1968 Federal Anti-Loan Sharking Act, July, 1972 Online
 6. Thornburgh filed civil penalty enforcement suits against four coal operators under the Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act passed in 1969, July 25, 1972 Online
 7. Seven of eight residents charged with participation in illegal gambling and public corruption in Beaver County were arraigned today, July 26, 1972 Online
 8. Beaver County Sheriff John W. Hineman\, Jr. will be arraigned in federal court on charges of conspiring with numbers racketeers, August 2, 1972 Online
 9. Attorney John W. Campbell, Jr. will be arraigned on charges relating to a purported fix of a drug case in federal court, August 4, 1972 Online
 10. Nicholas Lomakin will have to serve 30 days in jail and pay a fine for federal income tax evasion, August 9, 1972 Online
 11. Thornburgh hailed passage by the U.S. Senate of legislation tightening restrictions on the manufacture and sale of handguns, August 10, 1972 Online
 12. Ten employees in the Thornburgh office have received commendations from U.S. Attorney General Kleindienst for superior performance, August, 1972 Online
Judge Edward Dumbauld imposed fines on Leon and Robert Coslov for corporate income tax evasion, August 30, 1972 Online
 13. Texas Rangers have apprehended a Pittsburgh man, who was a fugitive from federal charges of sending a radio bomb to a Springdale business establishment, September, 1972 Online
 14. Judge Joseph Weis, Jr. ordered convicted gambler William Fusaro to jail for violation of the terms of bail, September 6, 1972 Online
 15. Dr. William Catena pleaded not guilty to charges of presenting false Medicare claims to the federal government, September 8, 1972 Online
 16. Two members of Allegheny County District Attorney Robert W. Duggan's detective staff who face federal perjury charges were granted separate trials, September 11, 1972 Online
 17. Thornburgh announced that the special federal grand jury investigating trafficking in narcotics and dangerous drugs will commence this week, September 17, 1972 Online
 18. Voluntary compliance remains the key objective of the President's Economic Stabilization Program, September 18, 1972 Online
 19. The special federal grand jury returned its first indictments in the U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh, September 19, 1972 Online
 20. Thornburgh will be among nearly 100 top federal law enforcement officials present at a three-day conference in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. September 21, 1972 Online
 21. A federal grand jury indicted Frederick Hoffmaster for the radio broadcast of "obscene, indecent and profane language" on four separate occasions, September 21, 1972 Online
 22. A federal grand jury indicted 10 persons for their part in a massive home repair and fraudulent home loan racket, September 21, 1972 Online
 23. A federal grand jury indicted a Johnstown doctor on thirty counts of illegal possession and storage of firearms and explosive materials in violation of federal laws, September 21, 1972 Online
 24. Blair A. Griffith will be the featured speaker at a dinner meeting in Monroeville of the Southwestern PA Chapter of the Associated Building Contractors, September 26, 1972 Online
 25. Three employees in the Thornburgh office have received special achievement awards from U.S. Attorney General Kleindienst for superior performance, September, 1972 Online
 26. A federal court jury convicted the most significant heroin distributor in the Pittsburgh area, September 29, 1972 Online
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 October-December, 1972 8
 1. The Department of Justice will seek an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court in a landmark water pollution prosecution, October 4, 1972 Online
 2. Thornburgh filed criminal charges against two area companies on account of oil spills in violation of the Refuse Act of 1899, October 4, 1972 Online
 3. Dr. Ernest Eperjessy pleaded not guilty to thirty counts of illegal possession and storage of firearms and explosive materials, October 6, 1972 Online
 4. Judge Barron McCune sentenced Isadore Klein to serve jail time for tax evasion, October 6, 1972 Online
 5. An international heroin smuggling ring with its origins in the Middle East was smashed by a combined force of federal agents, October 6, 1972 Online
 6. Federal, state, local agents inspecting area clubs in Strike Force's "Operation Scofflaw," October 7, 1972 Online
 7. A federal crack down has severely dented the heroin market in the Western PA area, October 11, 1972 Online
 8. Eleven persons were indicted on charges growing out of an alleged Middle East-to-Pittsburgh heroin distribution ring, October 13, 1972 Online
 9. The special federal grand jury investigating traffic in narcotics and dangerous drugs in Western PA indicted 14 persons on charges of violating federal drug laws, October 16, 1972 Online
 10. A federal grand jury indicted two United Mine Workers officials for federal offenses associated with the death of Joseph Yablonski, October 17, 1972 Online
 11. A federal grand jury returned a 21 count indictment charging three members of the Westinghouse Archives Federal Credit Union with misapplication of funds, October 18, 1972 Online
 12. A five year sentence was imposed on Dr. Vincent Sundry for illegally distributing amphetamine capsules in violation of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, October 25, 1972 Online
 13. Eight Western PA police officers were indicted on charges of violating the U.S. civil rights laws, November 9, 1972 Online
 14. A federal court jury returned a guilty verdict against Delores Iannelli on charges under the Organized Crime Control Act of 1970, November 10, 1972 
 15. Federal authorities arrested Samuel Harris, the largest heroin supplier in the Greater Pittsburgh area, November 21, 1972 Online
 16. Judge Barron McCune sentenced Terrance Mandich to 25 years in a federal penitentiary for armed robbery, November 27, 1972 Online
 17. James Woods pleaded guilty to five counts of credit card fraud, November 29, 1972 Online
 18. Thornburgh will be among seven American citizens spending two weeks in Japan as guests of the Japanese government, December 2, 1972 Online
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 January-March, 1973 9
 1. A federal grand jury indicted two Venango County brothers on six counts of receiving stolen motor vehicles, January 12, 1973 Online
 2. A federal court jury convicted Allegheny County Detective Bernard Joller of federal perjury charges, January 24, 1973 Online
 3. A federal court convicted Valerie Ullery on tax evasion charges, February 5, 1973 Online
 4. A federal district court judge dismissed Barry Quinones' claim seeking damages for an alleged failure by the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs (BNDD) to circulate information concerning his outstanding employment record, February 7, 1973 Online
 5. Samuel Ferraro, the former chief of Allegheny County District Attorney Robert Duggan's "Racket Squad" was indicted on charges of income tax fraud, February 13, 1973 Online
 6. Judge Barron McCune sentenced Edward P. Green to 60 days in jail and to pay a fine on charges of income tax evasion, February 13, 1973 Online
 7. A federal grand jury convicted eight area persons on charges of violating the anti-gambling provisions of the Organized Crime Control Act of 1970, February 14, 1973 Online
 8. A federal grand jury indicted Paul Hornick, Jr. on sixteen counts of violations of the Federal Firearms laws, February 15, 1973 Online
 8. A federal grand jury indicted Arthur Rocco on two counts of federal income tax fraud in connection with the Pittsburgh-to-Las Vegas gambling junket operation, February 15, 1973 Online
 10. A federal grand jury indicted Nathan Glassberg on four counts of tax fraud, February 15, 1973 Online
 11. A federal grand jury indicted Dr. Harry Lykens for willfully failing to file federal income tax returns, February 15, 1973 Online
 12. A federal court jury convicted Richard Mitchell of three sales of heroin and cocaine, February 15, 1973 Online
 13. Thornburgh addresses need for correctional reform at Youth and Government Conference sponsored by the Allegheny County League of Women Voters, February 17, 1973 Online
 14. The special federal grand jury investigating traffic in narcotics and dangerous drugs will convene to consider evidence of U.S. drug law violations, February 21, 1973 Online
 15. A federal grand jury indicted William Mellon Hitchcock on charges of tax fraud, February 21, 1973 Online
 16. The special federal grand jury investigating traffic in narcotics and dangerous drugs handed up indictments against 10 Pittsburgh area residents, February 22, 1973 Online
 17. William Mellon Hitchcock will be arraigned on charges of tax fraud, March 1, 1973 Online
 18. Thornburgh will address the annual banquet of the Westmoreland County Council American Legion honoring past county and district commanders, March 3, 1973 Online
 19. Samuel Harris pleaded guilty to three counts of federal income tax charges, March 6, 1973 Online
 20. Thornburgh will be among the criminal justice experts participating in "Colloquy '73" at Bucknell University, March 8, 1973 Online
 21. Samuel Ferraro will be arraigned tomorrow on charges of income tax fraud, March 8, 1973 Online
 22. A federal grand jury indicted accountant Emory Kohn on 22 counts of assisting in the preparation of false income tax returns, March 14, 1973 Online
 23. Herman and Nellie Huber were indicted today for income tax evasion, March 14, 1973 Online
 24. Agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) arrested three McKees Rocks men and seized firearms and ammunition in a raid, March 15, 1973 Online
 25. A federal court jury convicted Raymond Jackson and Roxanne Johnson of violations of the Federal narcotics laws, March 19, 1973 Online
 26. A federal grand jury charged Dr. David Higgins in a four count indictment with illegal drug sales and failure to maintain proper prescription records, March 20, 1973 Online
 27. Businessmen must recognize their own self-interest in the aggressive prosecution of white collar crime, March 21, 1973 Online
 28. Joseph Hutzler, a Pittsburgh police officer, pleaded no contest to charges of violating the Federal Civil Rights Act, March 23, 1973 Online
 29. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit upheld the conviction of former McKeesport City Councilman Michael Newman of federal wiretapping charges, March 29, 1973 Online
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 1. Donald Crandall, the former police chief of North Versailles Township, was sentenced to a 30 day jail term on conspiracy and mail fraud charges, April 11, 1973 Online
 2. John Tauro was found guilty on six counts of causing the interstate transportation of stolen and forged securities, April 12, 1973 Online
 3. Judge William Knox sentenced Harry Heilman to three years imprisonment on charges of income tax evasion, April 13, 1973 Online
 4. Statement regarding court-authorized wire tapping, April 14, 1973 Online
 5. Dr. William Catena was found guilty on ten counts of submitting fraudulent Medicare claims, April 19, 1973 Online
 6. Frank Bruno will be arraigned on Tuesday before U.S. Magistrate Robert C. Mitchell, April 23, 1973 Online
 7. A force of nearly 60 FBI agents carried out coordinated raids on 21 suspected illegal gambling sites in Erie, PA. April 26, 1973  Online
 8. Judge Rabe Marsh sentenced convicted bookmaker William Kohne to three years imprisonment and a fine of $10,000, May 4, 1973 Online
 9. Frank Stringi was ordered to jail today for failure to pay a fine after being charged with tax evasion and defrauding the government, May 9, 1973 Online
 10. A federal court convicted Raymond Nolan for attempted extortion, May 9, 1973 Online
 11. Special agents of the ATF arrested H. Milton Every and searched his residence seizing over 300 firearms, May 9, 1973 Online
 12. Over 25 FBI agents carried out coordinated raids on 11 suspected illegal gambling sites in Braddock, PA, May 14, 1973 Online
 13. Flushing out those on the take constitutes a high priority for federal law enforcement efforts, May 15, 1973 Online
 14. A federal court jury convicted William Miller of assaulting two special agents of the FBI with a deadly weapon, May 18, 1973 Online
 15. A third special federal grand jury to investigate organized crime and racketeering in Western PA will be empanelled, May 22, 1973 Online
 16. Judge Edward Dumbauld sentenced Raymond and Roxanne Johnson for violation of federal narcotic laws, May 22, 1973 Online
 17. Federal agents arrested three Pittsburgh men in a major development concerning a 1971 gangland-style bombing, May, 1973 Online
 18. Thornburgh announced that a special federal grand jury returned a 10-count indictment against 17 defendants on conspiracy charges, May 31, 1973 Online
 19. A federal court jury convicted two Pittsburgh men on charges of violating the anti-gambling provisions of the 1970 Organized Crime Control Act, June 4, 1973 Online
 20. Thornburgh charged a local postal employee in connection with a numbers business being conducted in the Federal Courthouse Building, June 4, 1973 Online
 21. ATF agents are searching for three fugitives charged with assaulting two ATF agents while in the performance of their duties, June 6, 1973 Online
 22. FBI agents arrested Anthony Michael Grosso on charges of attempting to fix the jury during his recent federal court trial, June 8, 1973 Online
 23. FBI agents took Louis Raucci into custody on charges of obstructing a federal crime investigation, June 11, 1973 Online
 24. Thornburgh urged PA Crime Commission's public disclosure of its list of PA businesses that are owned or controlled by organized crime, June 11, 1973 Online
 25. William Mellon Hitchcock will plead guilty to federal income tax fraud charges, June 14, 1973 Online
 26. Thornburgh will attend a conference of top federal law enforcement officials in Chicago, June, 1973 Online
 27. A federal grand jury indicted six people on charges of violating the anti-gambling provisions of the Organized Crime Control Act of 1970, June 19, 1973 Online
 28. June 29, 1973 is an important date to young men who are residents of Western PA and have failed to comply with the orders of their local draft boards, June, 1973 Online
 29. Louis Raucci was indicted on charges of obstructing a federal criminal investigation, June 19, 1973 Online
 30. Dr. Harry Lykens was sentenced to pay a fine and serve three years probation for willfully failing to file an income tax return, June 20, 1973 Online
 31. A special federal grand jury to investigate organized crime and racketeering in the Erie area will be empanelled on Tuesday, June, 1973 Online
 32. A federal grand jury indicted a McKeesport man on two counts charging involvement in a loan-sharking scheme, June 21, 1973 Online
 33. Anthony Michael Grosso was jailed on charges of violating the anti-gambling provisions of the 1970 Organized Crime Control Act, June 25, 1973 Online
 34. Over 150 friends of Assistant United States Attorney W. Wendell Stanton will honor him at a testimonial dinner, June, 1973 Online
 35. Thornburgh filed the first case in the nation charging a violation of the Federal Odometer Disclosures Regulations, June 28, 1973 Online
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 July-September, 1973 2
 1. Mary Ann Houmis was held for a hearing on charges that she aided and abetted the counterfeiting of bonds, July 3, 1973 Online
 2. Two Michigan men pleaded guilty of attempted extortion against the Gulf Oil Corporation in Pittsburgh, July 10, 1973 Online
 3. Thornburgh charged Valvoline Oil Company with failure to promptly report an oil spill at its refinery in Freedom, PA, July 17, 1973 Online
 4. Thornburgh was the recipient of a special medallion award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the field of narcotic law enforcement, July 23, 1973 Online
 5. Reform of our police, courts and correctional systems must be systematically undertaken, July 26, 1973 Online
 6. A federal grand jury charged two Pittsburgh men with using the U.S. mail to defraud a metals recycling firm, July 27, 1973 Online
 7. A federal grand jury returned an 8-count indictment charging a Waynesburg, PA high school teacher and two youths with drug trafficking. July 27, 1973 Online
 8. A federal grand jury has indicted three Pittsburgh area persons on federal charges in connection with a fraudulent interstate baby selling scheme, July, 1973 Online
 9. Collections by the U.S. Attorney's office of funds owing the federal government nearly doubled during the fiscal year ending June 30, 1973, July, 1973 Online
 10. President Nixon submitted to the U.S. Senate the reappointment of Thornburgh to serve a second four-year term as U.S. Attorney for Western PA, August 9, 1973 Online
 11. A federal grand jury indicted three Pittsburgh men on charges of resisting, impeding and interfering with a Special Agent of the ATF, August 15, 1973 Online
 12. A federal grand jury indicted Michael Busic, Anthony LaRocca, Jr. and Kenneth Murray on assault and stealing charges, August 15, 1973 Online
 13. Secret Service agents arrested five Pittsburgh area men involved in a massive federal savings bond counterfeiting ring, August 16, 1973 Online
 14. A Penn Hills businessman was sentenced in federal court to 60 days in jail for filing a false income tax return, August 16, 1973 Online
 15. A federal grand jury returned a new indictment against former Chief of Allegheny County District Attorney Robert Duggan's "Racket Squad," charging income tax fraud and acceptance of racket payoffs, August 22, 1973 Online
 16. A federal grand jury returned a four count indictment charging an Erie resident with embezzling union funds and submitting false income tax returns, August 28, 1973 Online
 17. "Racket Squad" Chief Samuel G. Ferraro will be arraigned before U.S. Magistrate Sensenich tomorrow, August 30, 1973 Online
 18. Pennsylvania Industrial Chemical Corporation entered a plea of nolo contendere to criminal charges of polluting the Monongahela River, September 4, 1973 Online
 19. A federal grand jury indicted W.A. Boyle on a charge of conspiring to kill union official Joseph Yablonski, September 6, 1973 Online
 20. Trial of ten defendants charged with involvement in an international heroin smuggling operation is scheduled to begin tomorrow, September 9, 1973 Online
 21. U.S. Attorney General Elliot Richardson has named Thornburgh as one of 15 members of a newly-formed U.S. Attorneys' Advisory Committee to the Attorney General, September, 1973 Online
 22. Thornburgh will attend the first meeting of the U.S. Attorneys' Advisory Committee to the Attorney General in Washington, D.C., September 20, 1973 Online
 23. Thornburgh announced two new appointments as part of a realignment of assignments within the U.S. Attorney's office, September 25, 1973 Online
 24. Three Pittsburgh steel manufacturers entered no contest pleas in federal court to criminal charges of polluting the Monongahela and Ohio rivers, September 27, 1973 Online
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 October-December, 1973 3
 1. A New York man pleaded guilty in mid-trial to extortion and assault charges in federal district court in Pittsburgh, October 1, 1973  Online
 2. Three Western PA pollution "bounty hunters" will receive the first financial return on their efforts, October 1, 1973 Online
 3. Three Western PA residents pleaded guilty to charges of manufacturing and distributing amphetamine sulfate, October 3, 1973 Online
 4. Judge Ralph Scalera sentenced the operator of a Pittsburgh-Law Vegas gambling junket to 30 days in jail, October 10, 1973 Online
 5. Thornburgh will attend a meeting of the U.S. Attorneys' Advisory Committee to the Attorney General in Kansas City, Missouri, October 11, 1973 Online
 6. Judge Herbert Sorg sentenced Richard Bonner to imprisonment for a total of 12 years for two bank robberies, October 12, 1973 Online
 7. Judge Herbert Sorg sentenced Alfred Nannini, Jr. to 3 years imprisonment on charges of possessing and passing counterfeit bills, October 12, 1973 Online
 8. A special federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment charging 11 individuals with conspiracy and the operation of a high stakes illegal gambling operation, October 17, 1973 Online
 9. The Mayor of Bedford, Eldon G. Studebaker, and three other men were indicted on charges of using the mail to defraud insurance companies, October 17, 1973 Online
 10. Thornburgh announced the appointment of David Atkins as an Assistant United States Attorney, October 19, 1973 Online
 11. A federal grand jury returned a 47-count indictment against a Pittsburgh doctor on charges of illegally dispensing narcotics, October 26, 1973 Online
 12. A federal grand jury indicted a U.S. Air Force sergeant from Clairton, PA on charges of heroin importation and distribution, October 26, 1973 Online
 13. Judge Herbert Sorg sentenced Joseph Gera to six months imprisonment and fined him on counts of preparing false income tax returns, November 15, 1973 Online
 14. Special Agents of the Secret Service arrested the last of four suspects charged with printing over $3 million in counterfeit stamps, November 15, 1973 Online
 15. A federal grand jury returned three indictments charging 22 Erie area individuals with violations of the federal gambling laws, November 19, 1973 Online
 16. Three top level executives in the illegal numbers gambling operation run by Anthony Grosso were found guilty of violating federal anti-gambling laws, November 26, 1973 Online
 17. A Mercer County physician pleaded not guilty in federal court to charges of illegal distribution of drugs and a failing to maintain proper prescription records, November 29, 1973 Online
 18. Fifteen more members of the $30 million per year illegal numbers gambling organization headed by Anthony Grosso were indicted today, November 30, 1973 Online
 19. Thornburgh will be among the environmental experts participating in the presentation of a "Practical Course in Environmental Law.", December 4, 1973 Online
 20. The U.S. Court of Appeals upheld the jailing of Samuel Ferraro of Pittsburgh on contempt of court charges, December 5, 1973 Online
 21. Thomas Pecora, Business Manager of Laborers Local 1058, was convicted this week, December 7, 1973 Online
 22. Federal authorities took action to compel disclosure of certain books and records relating to Euthenics Systems Corp., December 7, 1973 Online
 23. Attorney General Robert Bork will present a Special Commendation Award to Miss Stella Kourakos\, Administrative Assistant to U.S. Attorney Thornburgh, December 9, 1973 Online
 24. Thornburgh announced the appointment of Craig R. McKay as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, December 10, 1973 Online
 25. A federal grand jury returned an indictment charging two men with the conduct of three fraudulent charity schemes, December 13, 1973 Online
 26. A woman, involved in the $30 million per year illegal numbers gambling operation run by Anthony Grosso, was ordered to jail today, December 20, 1973 Online
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 January-March, 1974 4
 1. An Erie labor leader entered a plea of guilty to two counts of an indictment charging embezzling of union funds and submitting a false income tax return, January 2, 1974 Online
 2. Thornburgh will be working both sides of the street in appearances before local political groups this month in Pittsburgh, January, 1974 Online
 3. A federal grand jury returned a three-count indictment charging an Erie fugitive with the kidnapping-murder of Donald Stafford, January 18, 1974 Online
 4. Valvoline Oil Company was found guilty in federal district court of failing to report a discharge of oil from its facility at Freedom, PA, January 21, 1974 Online
 5. Five more defendants in the Anthony Grosso $30 million a year in illegal numbers gambling operation entered guilty pleas today, January 28, 1974 Online
 6. A federal grand jury indicted the former president of Bidwell Enterprises, Inc. and his brother on mail fraud charges, February 6, 1974 Online
 7. The mastermind of a massive home repair swindle in the Pittsburgh area was sentenced to ten years imprisonment, February 7, 1974 Online
 8. An Erie labor leader was sentenced to four years imprisonment by federal Judge William Knox, February 7, 1974 Online
 9. A Mercer County physician was ordered to jail for illegal drug distribution and failure to maintain proper prescription records, February 8, 1974 Online
 10. Jack Nard was sentenced to 36 months imprisonment and to pay a fine of $10\,000 on pleas of guilty and "no defense" to a three-count indictment charging him with income tax fraud, February 11, 1974 Online
 11. Samuel Ferraro was released from federal custody after he agreed to testify before the federal grand jury investigating organized crime and official corruption in Allegheny County, February 12, 1974 Online
 12. A federal grand jury indicted Paul M. Hilbert\, former Director of District 15, United Steelworkers of America (AFL-CIO) for embezzling $7,500 from the union, February 20, 1974 Online
 13. Thornburgh will be at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. to attend a meeting of the U.S. Attorneys' Advisory Committee to the Attorney General, February 23, 1974 Online
 14. Thornburgh will address participants in the "Program for Executives" of Carnegie Mellon University's Graduate School of Industrial Administration on "Challenges to Criminal Justice.", March 5, 1974 Online
 15. Allegheny County District Attorney Robert W. Duggan was indicted by a federal grand jury on eight counts of tax fraud, March 5, 1974 Online
 17. A federal grand jury returned indictments charging residents with failing to register with the Selective Service System within the time prescribed by law, March 7, 1974 Online
 18. A federal court jury returned a guilty verdict against a Pittsburgh physician on charges of illegally dispensing controlled drugs, March 8, 1974 Online
 19. Thornburgh will depart for a two-day visit to Iowa City, Iowa where he will present a series of lectures on law enforcement and the criminal justice system at the University of Iowa, March 28, 1974 Online
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 April-June, 1974 5
 1. Federal Drug Enforcement Administration Agents from Pittsburgh arrested nine persons on federal narcotics charges, April 10, 1974 Online
 2. A federal grand jury indicted four persons in its continuing investigation of official corruption in the Greater Pittsburgh area, April 10, 1974 Online
 3. A federal grand jury indicted a Pittsburgh attorney and four area residents on charges of conspiring to stage a fake automobile accident, April 11, 1974  Online
 4. A federal grand jury indicted an Erie resident in connection with the embezzlement of over $2,900 from the Union Bank and Trust Company of Erie, April 11, 1974 Online
 5. A federal grand jury indicted a Venango County businessman and his former bookkeeper on federal income tax charges, April 11, 1974 Online
 6. A federal grand jury indicted Samuel Canterman on two counts of filing fraudulent income tax returns, April 11, 1974 Online
 7. A Venango County man was indicted in Pittsburgh on charges of illegal wiretapping, April 11, 1974 Online
 8. A former proprietor of a typewriter sales agency was sentenced to serve 20 days in jail for tax fraud, April 16, 1974 Online
 9. A convicted heroin dealer was sentenced to jail on federal income tax charges by federal Judge Daniel Snyder, April 17, 1974 Online
 10. Thornburgh confirmed that a subpoena has been issued to compel the testimony of Michael Genovese, April 19, 1974 Online
 11. A special federal grand jury returned an indictment against 14 individuals alleged to be involved in the distribution of heroin and cocaine in Mercer County, April 19, 1974 Online
 12. Former City Alderman Frank Bruno will be arraigned on charges of obstructing the enforcement of the PA anti-gambling laws, April, 1974 Online
 13. Thornburgh charged Houghland Barge Line, Inc., with a failure to promptly report to the U.S. Coast Guard an oil spill at Midland, PA, April 26, 1974 Online
 14. A former Pittsburgh labor leader was convicted in U.S. District Court of embezzling union funds, May 3, 1974 Online
 15. The former Chief of Police in North Versailles Township is scheduled to commence a thirty-day federal prison sentence, May 6, 1974 Online
 16. Petitions have been filed seeking the jailing of Robert Iannelli and Michael Masullo for violating terms of their release, May, 1974 Online
 17. A former Allegheny County Detective was indicted on charges of accepting payoffs from local racket interests, May 16, 1974 Online
 18. A federal grand jury returned a six-count indictment charging the owner of three of Pittsburgh's Liberty Avenue adult theatres with the interstate transportation of pornographic films, May 17, 1974 Online
 19. A federal grand jury indicted Harry H. Jessup on four counts of income tax evasion, May 17, 1974 Online
 20. A federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment charging a former U.S. Customs Port Director with embezzling over $9,000 in customs duties, May 17, 1974 Online
 21. A federal grand jury returned indictments charging two former managers of the Hollidaysburg Trust Company with embezzling more than $35,000 of the funds of that bank, May 17, 1974 Online
 22. A federal grand jury indicted seven persons on charges of defrauding the Oakland Veterans' Administration Hospital of over $11,000, May 17, 1974 Online
 23. Federal prosecutors initiated a third court action aimed at jailing another Pittsburgh area gambling figure previously convicted of violating the Organized Crime Control Act of 1970, May 23, 1974 Online
 24. Racket gambling kingpins in Western PA are finding that federal law enforcement efforts mean more than a slap on the wrist, May 30, 1974 Online
 25. Budd Rice pleaded guilty to income tax evasion charges for the year 1969, June 3, 1974 Online
 26. The U.S. Court of Appeals upheld the conviction of Samuel Ferraro on charges related to the receipt of over $300,000 in protection payoffs from area racket figures, June 6, 1973 Online
 27. The U.S. Court of Appeals upheld an order jailing racket boss Michael Genovese for contempt for refusing to answer questions, June 6, 1974 Online
 28. Convicted Pittsburgh area bookmaker Robert Iannelli has been ordered to commence a three-year jail term, June 10, 1974 Online
 29. Federal Postal Inspectors arrested an Ohio man in connection with a scheme to collect money for tickets to a bogus outdoor rock concert, June 12, 1974 Online
 30. Seven Pittsburghers were indicted by a special federal grand jury on charges relating to conduct of a large scale illegal sports bookmaking business, June 13, 1974 Online
 31. Thornburgh confirmed that he has issued grand jury subpoenas to the three individuals identified last week as payoff collectors for the Allegheny County Sheriff, June 26, 1974 Online
 32. A federal grand jury indicted two former officials of the Westinghouse Electric Corporation Salaried Employees Union on charges of embezzling $66,000 from the Union, July 9, 1974 Online
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 July-September, 1974 6
 1. A federal grand jury indicted two former officials of the Westinghouse Electric Corporation Salaried Employees Union on charges of embezzling $66,000 from the Union, July 9, 1974 Online
 2. An Erie man was indicted on bankruptcy fraud charges in connection with the concealment of over $30,000 of merchandise, July 11, 1974 Online
 3. A federal grand jury indicted Dr. Robert Penman on charges of willful failure to file income tax returns, July 11, 1974 Online
 4. A federal grand jury returned an eight count indictment against attorney James Ashton on charges of mail fraud and criminal contempt of court, July 12, 1974 Online
 5. Thornburgh will speak to a dinner meeting of the McKeesport Bar Association on Thursday, July 18, 1974 Online
 6. A Johnstown businessman was sentenced to 10 days imprisonment and fined a total of $12,000 on charges of attempted income tax evasion, July 23, 1974 Online
 7. A Somerset businessman was fined $1,000 and placed on probation for 2 years for failing to account for taxes withheld from the wages of his employees, July 24, 1974 Online
 8. Thornburgh announced the appointment of James J. West as an Assistant United States Attorney, August 12, 1974 Online
 9. A Pittsburgh couple were given suspended prison sentences of one year on charges of filing false income tax returns, August 20, 1974 Online
 10. Twenty persons were indicted by a federal grand jury for their participation in the multi-million dollar numbers gambling operation headed by Nicholas Terleski, August 22, 1974 Online
 11. David M. Curry and Jay C. Waldman, two Assistant U.S. Attorneys in the Thornburgh's office, have been presented with Special Achievement Awards by Attorney General William B. Saxbe, August, 1974 Online
 12. Thornburgh announced that the special federal grand jury investigating organized crime and official corruption in the Erie area, will reconvene in September, August 26, 1974 Online
 13. Three men were arrested by federal marshals on charges of obstructing navigation at the West Penn Power Company's Mitchell Station in Washington County, August 26, 1974 Online
 14. The federal special grand jury investigating organized crime and racketeering returned its first indictment under the 1970 Federal Organized Crime Control Act, August 27, 1974 Online
 15. Former McKeesport City Councilman, Michael J. Newman, surrendered to agents of the ATF on charges of illegal possession of firearms, September 13, 1974 Online
 16. The former Allegheny County "Racket Squad" Chief will report to the federal penitentiary at Lewisburg to begin a six year jail term, September 16, 1974 Online
 17. The president of the Federation of Westinghouse Independent Salaried Employees Union was charged with two counts of making false statements in Union books, September 16, 1974 Online
 18. Thornburgh will testify before the House Judiciary Committee's Special Sub-Committee on Reform of federal Criminal Laws in Washington, D.C., September 17, 1974 Online
 19. Thornburgh announced that the special federal grand jury on investigating organized crime and official corruption in the Erie area, will reconvene, September 18, 1974 Online
 20. A federal grand jury indicted David B. Adams for willful failure to file income tax returns, September 18, 1974 Online
 21. A former official of the Federation of Westinghouse Electric Corporation Independent Salaried Employees Union pleaded guilty to ten counts of embezzling funds, September 23, 1974 Online
 22. Allegations of leaks from the federal grand jury concerning the testimony of former PA Secretary of Property and Supplies are nonsense, September 24, 1974 Online
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 October-December, 1974 7
 1. A federal grand jury indicted Frank C. Hilton on perjury charges, October 10, 1974 Online
 2. A federal grand jury indicted two men on charges of engineering a $700,000 fraud scheme, October 10, 1974 Online
 3. A Clairton man was sentenced in federal court for failing to register with the Selective Service System, October 11, 1974 Online
 4. PA State Senator Frank Mazzei was indicted by a federal grand jury on two counts of extortion, October 24, 1974 Online
 5. A federal court jury convicted a major supplier of Canadian-manufactured methamphetamine, November 1, 1974 Online
 6. A fruit grower was sentenced in federal court to serve 60 days in prison on charges of income tax evasion, November 6, 1974 Online
 7. Thornburgh filed criminal charges against Pennsylvania Industrial Chemical Corporation alleging violations of the federal water pollution control laws, November 6, 1974 Online
 8. Frank C. Hilton will be arraigned tomorrow on perjury charges, November 6, 1974 Online
 9. The proprietor of the White Power Book Store in Wilkinsburg was indicted on two counts of violation of the federal firearms laws, November 8, 1974  Online
 10. A federal court jury returned landmark guilty verdicts against the owner of 3 of Pittsburgh's adult theatres on charges of interstate transportation of pornographic films, November 19, 1974 Online
 11. A federal court jury returned a guilty verdict against an area man charged with pirating a trade secret worth $12 million from his employer, November 25, 1974 Online
 12. A federal court jury convicted Senator Frank Mazzei on two counts of extortion under the federal Hobbs Anti-Racketeering Act, November 26, 1974 Online
 13. Another former member of the Allegheny County Detective Bureau "Racket Squad" pleaded guilty to charges of accepting protection payoffs, December 4, 1974 Online
 14. A federal grand jury indicted two men on charges of illegal wiretapping, December 4, 1974 Online
 15. A federal court jury returned a guilty verdict against 6 individuals charged with involvement in an interstate narcotics distribution ring, December 6, 1974 Online
 16. Daniel H. Shapira will be sworn in as an Assistant U.S. Attorney tomorrow, December 8, 1974 Online
 17. A major supplier to the area of Canadian-manufactured methamphetamine was sentenced to eight years imprisonment, December 16, 1974 Online
 18. A special federal grand jury returned a three-count indictment against five individuals charged with involvement in an interstate prostitution ring, December 19, 1974 Online
 19. Thornburgh announced that several Pittsburgh area automobile dealers will be brought to court for fraudulently misrepresenting the mileage on cars they have sold, December 20, 1974 Online
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 January-March, 1975 8
 1. Pennsylvania Industrial Chemical Corporation has been fined for the second time for violating federal water pollution control laws, January 2, 1975 Online
 2. A federal court jury convicted Domenic Gullia of two counts of perjury, January 8, 1975 Online
 3. Houghland Barge Line, Inc., a Kentucky corporation, was fined for violating federal water pollution control laws, January 9, 1975 Online
 4. Seventeen Pittsburgh area residents were indicted for seeking to defraud auto insurance companies, January 10, 1975 Online
 5. The owner of three of Pittsburgh's adult theatres was sentenced to six months imprisonment, January 16, 1975 Online
 6. Time is running out for men who deserted from the Armed Forces or violated the Selective Service Laws during the Vietnam era to avoid prosecution by taking advantage of President Ford's Amnesty Program, January 17, 1975 Online
 7. A federal court jury returned a guilty verdict against a former U.S. Customs Port Director on two counts of embezzlement, January 17, 1975 Online
 8. A McKeesport automobile dealer received a five year sentence in federal court in connection with his participation in an interstate car theft, January 21, 1975 Online
 9. A federal court jury convicted Pittsburgh Constable Pronty Ford of accepting cash protection payoffs, January 23, 1975 Online
 10. A forty-nine count indictment charging conspiracy to defraud Butler area purchasers of used automobiles was returned today, January 28, 1975 Online
 11. A special grand jury returned a 15 count indictment charging three area individuals with conspiring to commit arson and insurance fraud, January 28, 1975 Online
 12. A federal court jury returned a guilty verdict against Harry Jessup on charges of income tax evasion, February 13, 1975 Online
 13. Thornburgh and Assistant U. S. Attorney Blair A. Griffith will be in Philadelphia to participate in a program on "Investigation and Prosecution of Corruption in Government.", February 20, 1975 Online
 14. A special federal grand jury returned an indictment against six area men for conducting a large-scale sports gambling operation, February 20, 1975 Online
 15. A federal grand jury indicted three Pittsburgh men on charges of violating the federal Hobbs Anti-Racketeering Statute, February 26, 1975 Online
 16. A federal grand jury returned a sealed indictment against nine persons charged with operating a large-scale numbers gambling operation, February 27, 1975 Online
 17. A federal grand jury returned a nine-count indictment against Max H. Homer, charging him with extortion, obstruction of justice, perjury and income tax fraud, February 27, 1975 Online
 18. A federal grand jury returned indictments against three North Braddock Borough Councilmen and a Duquesne contractor for bribes and kickbacks, February 27, 1975 Online
 19. Chief Judge Rabe F. Marsh will hear arguments on motions for a new trial and a directed verdict of acquittal file on behalf of Senator Frank Mazzei, February 27, 1975 Online
 20. A federal grand jury returned a sealed indictment against fourteen persons charged with operating a large-scale numbers gambling operation, March 3, 1975 Online
 21. A former U.S. Customs Service official received a five year prison sentence upon his conviction for embezzling federal funds, March 6, 1975 Online
 22. A federal grand jury indicted Frank C. Hilton on charges of perjury, extortion and income tax fraud, March 12, 1975 Online
 23. Thornburgh will testify before the House Judiciary Committee's Special Sub-Committee on Reform of Federal Criminal Laws in Washington, D.C, March 24, 1975 Online
 24. An East Liberty man was sentenced to serve 60 days in prison on his perjury conviction growing out of testimony in a federal court trial, March 24, 1975 Online
 25. A Clarion County couple was indicted for tax evasion and filing false income tax returns, March 26, 1975 Online
 26. A federal grand jury indicted two Pittsburgh area gambling figures for tax fraud, March 26, 1975 Online
 27. Dr. Robert Penman was indicted for willfully making a false statement to the U.S. District Court at his sentencing on a prior tax conviction, March 26, 1975 Online
 28. A former Secretary-Treasurer of Local 3 of the International Association of Bridge, Structural and Ornamental Iron Workers was sentenced today for embezzlement, March 26, 1975 Online
 29. Thornburgh filed an appeal from an order staying federal grand jury proceedings involving the Clairton Coke Works of the U.S. Steel Corporation, March 26, 1975 Online
 30 Thornburgh has been selected as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, March, 1975 Online
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 May-July, 1975 9
 1. Four Pittsburgh area residents were indicted on charges that they possessed and sold counterfeit coins, May 9, 1975 Online
 2. Nicholas Gobos entered a plea of guilty in court to a three-count indictment on tax evasion, May 13, 1975 Online
 3. The first forgery and passing of a federal income tax rebate check was uncovered by agents of the Secret Service and Post Inspection Service, with the arrest of a Pittsburgh man, May 23, 1975 Online
 4. A former New York attorney pleaded guilty to charges of engineering an interstate fraud scheme, May 27, 1975 Online
 5. Senator Frank Mazzei was indicted by a federal grand jury on perjury charges, June 3, 1975 Online
 6. A federal grand jury indicted a practicing ophthalmologist on income tax fraud charges, June 5, 1975 Online
 7. A federal grand jury indicted a former Allegheny County Deputy Sheriff and Frank Bruno on charges of conspiring to obstruct the enforcement of PA's gambling laws, June 5, 1975 Online
 8. James Martorella was sentenced to 3 years imprisonment on a charge of tax evasion, June 16, 1975 Online
 9. A federal grand jury returned an 11 count indictment charging 14 men with various violations of federal racketeering and gambling statutes, June 17, 1975 Online
 10. Twelve additional persons were indicted on federal charges in connection with the operation of an illegal gambling business, June 19, 1975 Online
 11. Thornburgh announced the filing of federal actions against five auto dealers for selling automobiles with rolled-back odometers, June 24, 1975 Online
 12. U.S. District Judge William W. Knox sentenced a doctor to 60 days in jail for failing to file an income tax return on gross income, June 30, 1975 Online
 13. Thornburgh will be sworn in as Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice on July 8, 1975, July, 1975 Online
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Press Releases: Allegheny County Detectives 1971 - 1973 10

Subseries  3. Public Statements 

Scope and Contents note

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.

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 1969 361
 1. Thornburgh forecast a substantial increase in federal action against big-time distributors of narcotics and dangerous drugs, August 6, 1969 Online
 2. Narcotics and dangerous drugs: the federal approach, September, 1969 Online
 3. Thornburgh predicted that the U.S. Supreme Court is entering an era of refinement, September 17, 1969 Online
 4. Thornburgh reviewed the results of what he called a highly successful criminal term in federal court, October 22, 1969 Online
 5. Statement for the Pennsylvania Crime Commission before the Allegheny Commissioners, November 20, 1969 Online
 6. Thornburgh called for citizen support of the Nixon Administration's proposed changes in the federal laws relating to narcotics and dangerous drugs, November 24, 1969 Online
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 1970 2
 1. Thornburgh termed much of the educational emphasis in the field of narcotics and dangerous drugs to be misguided, January 15, 1970 Online
 2. "Organized crime and street crime go hand in hand," said Thornburgh at a meeting of the Allegheny County Lawyer Wives, February 19, 1970 Online
 3. "Organized crime and street crime go hand in hand\," said Thornburgh to the Women's Conference on Organized Crime, March 17, 1970 Online
 4. Thornburgh praised federal law agencies for what he termed a superior performance in the effort against crime in Western Pennsylvania, March 26, 1970 Online
 5. Thornburgh told a luncheon meeting of the Lions Club of Pittsburgh that organized crime and the official corruption that accompanies it are the truly subversive elements in this country, April 22, 1970 Online
 6. Thornburgh characterized "ignorance as one of the greatest stumbling blocks in the fight against drug abuse in this country" at a training session for North Hills law enforcement officials. May 22, 1970 Online
 7. Massive federal efforts against illicit trafficking in narcotics and dangerous drugs are beginning to take hold, July 27, 1970 Online
 8. The Nixon Administration's Anti-Organized Crime Bill is a must to deal with syndicated gambling operations in Allegheny County, August 11, 1970 Online
 9. Thornburgh called for legislation authorizing special federal grand juries to issue public reports on misconduct by public officials in connection with organized crime, September 10, 1970 Online
 10. Thornburgh warned members of the Greensburg Rotary Club against the threat of organized crime to legitimate business, September 29, 1970 Online
 11. Thornburgh outlined efforts against distributors of narcotics and dangerous drugs at a meeting of the Kiwanis Club, October 1, 1970 Online
 12. Bail pending appeal for convicted criminal defendants who have attempted to harm government witnesses will be resisted, October 2, 1970 Online
 13. Disclosures of lottery fixes are only further indications of the cost the community must bear for illegal gambling operations, October 6, 1970 Online
 14. Thornburgh called for massive educational undertaking in the field of narcotics and dangerous drugs, October 21, 1970 Online
 16. Thornburgh predicted a much more aggressive approach by federal authorities toward pollution of navigable waters, November 17, 1970 Online
 17. Federal anti-crime efforts in Western Pennsylvania will be stepped up considerably during 1971, December 30, 1970 Online
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 1971 3
 1. New federal weapons against organized crime's syndicated gambling operations and corruption of local law enforcement officials will be unveiled in Western Pennsylvania in 1971, January 14, 1971 Online
 2. Thornburgh promised an all out federal effort against the 'politico-racket complex' in Western Pennsylvania, February 28, 1971 Online
 3. Federal revenue-sharing in the criminal justice area is already under way, March 4, 1971 Online
 4. Federal efforts against labor racketeering in Western Pennsylvania will be stepped up in the near future, March 9, 1971 Online
"Organized crime and street crime go hand in had in Pittsburgh as elsewhere," Thornburgh told a meeting at Rodef Shalom Temple, March 16, 1971 Online
 5. 52nd anniversary dinner meeting of the Burt Foster Post no. 361, American Legion in McKeesport, March 20, 1971 Online
 6. A 100% federal effort against organized crime is now under way in Western Pennsylvania, March 25, 1971 Online
 7. Illegal gambling is the 'cash register' for all organized crime operations and grosses an estimated $40 million per year in Allegheny County alone, March 31, 1971 Online
 8. Businessmen who ignore the threat of organized crime do so at their peril, April 20, 1971 Online
 9. Today's policeman needs more and better legal device if he is to increase his crime-fighting capacity, April 27, 1971 Online
 10. Thornburgh called for a massive increase in professionalism in the criminal justice system, May 4, 1971 Online
 11. Disclosures of alleged alliances between illegal gambling interests and public officials in Western Pennsylvania communities may only be the tip of the iceberg, May 6, 1971 Online
 12. Federal efforts against organized traffic of narcotics and dangerous drugs are making substantial progress, May 13, 1971 Online
 13. Traffic in hard narcotics is the most organized of the ventures financed and managed by organized crime syndicates, June 14, 1971 Online
 14. Corrupt law enforcement officials can undermine a community almost as effectively as the criminal element, August 5, 1971 Online
 15. Letter from Thornburgh to the Honorable James W. Knepper, Jr., member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, regarding legalized gambling, August 16, 1971 Online
 16. Disorganized police cannot deal effectively with organized crime, September 22, 1971 Online
 17. Thornburgh defended the action of bounty hunters in water pollution cases prosecuted by his office under the 1899 Refuse Act, September 27, 1971 Online
 18. The federal government's war against official corruption in Western Pennsylvania has only just begun, October 29, 1971 Online
 19. Stepped-up federal efforts against large scale illegal gambling syndicates are not part of some moral crusade, November 10, 1971 Online
 20. Recent investigations of corruption-ridden local governments have revealed the specific techniques utilized by organized crime syndicates to neutralize Pennsylvania's anti-gambling laws, November 29, 1971 Online
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 1972 4
 1. Pennsylvania's new state lottery will have little or no effect on organized crime's multi-million dollar illegal gambling enterprises, January 11, 1972 Online
 2. Remarks to the Tri-State Environmental Symposium regarding the role of United States Attorneys, January 12, 1972 Online
 3. Thornburgh defended wiretapping activities carried on by the federal government in Western Pennsylvania, January 13, 1972 Online
 4. Federal efforts to deal decisively with the problem of drug abuse are accelerating on all fronts, January 31, 1972 Online
 5. Federal revenue-sharing in the criminal justice area is already underway, February 3, 1972 Online
 6. Disorganized police cannot deal effectively with organized crime, February 4, 1972 Online
 7. Our criminal justice system cannot work without the free flow of testimony in open court, February 14, 1972 Online
 8. Protection payoffs by racketeers to law enforcement deprive the community of the protection it pays for through its tax dollars, February 17, 1972 Online
 9. Community demands upon our police are not matched by community concern for their well-being, February 19, 1972 Online
 10. Organized crime is not just something you read about, it is alive and well in Western Pennsylvania, March 6, 1972 Online
 11. Efforts to deal with the problem of narcotics and dangerous drugs must be directed toward both the areas of supply and demand, March 14, 1972 Online
 12. Congress has directed federal law enforcement agencies to root out the 'politico racket complex' that controls local government in some Western Pennsylvania cities, March 28, 1972 Online
 13. Organized crime and street crime go hand in hand in Allegheny County, April 15, 1972 ("Organized crime and street crime go hand in hand in Allegheny County," online pending)
 14. Thornburgh gave the keynote address, "The Individual's Rights in America," to kick off Law Week at Indiana University, May 1, 1972 Online
 15. Efforts to sweep official corruption under the rug can only serve the interests of the corrupters, May 4, 1972 Online
 16. Hard work by the FBI, in cooperation with local police\, has resulted in a solution rate in area bank robbery cases of around 80 percent, May 11, 1972 Online
 17. Allegheny County's 116 separate police forces could be reduced by combination and merger and our citizenry would reap the benefits. May 17, 1972 Online
 18. We must begin to face up to hard questions about the social malignancy of drug abuse, May 18, 1972 Online
 19. Handgun laws should provide that no one can purchase, own or possess a handgun unless they show a good reason or a real need to do so, May 20, 1972 Online
 20. Today's policeman needs his own lawyer if he is to maximize his crime-fighting capacity, May 23, 1972 Online
 21. This week's Supreme Court decision upholding the witness immunity provisions of the Federal Organized Crime Control Act validates an important weapon in our battle against the mob, May 24, 1972 Online
 22. The searchlight of a special federal grand jury will begin focusing on local traffickers in narcotics and dangerous drugs, May 26, 1972 Online
 23. Juveniles account for more than one-half of the arrests for serious crimes in Allegheny County, June 6, 1972 Online
 24. The first federal grand jury ever specially empanelled to look into organized crime and racketeering in Western Pennsylvania, will complete its service next month, June 23, 1972 Online
 25. The tide is finally beginning to turn in the battle against organized crime, July 25, 1972 Online
Allegheny County's failure to activate a county-wide anti-narcotics force is inexcusable, August 8, 1972 Online
 26. The federal government aims to put the organized crime syndicates out of business in Western Pennsylvania, September 11, 1972 Online
 27. The federal government is fully geared up to combat the influence of the racket syndicates, September 14, 1972 Online
 28. Congress has directed federal law enforcement agencies to root out the 'politico racket complex' that controls local government, and we are beginning to show results, October 19, 1972 Online
 29. Some way must be found to demonstrate the dollars and cents imperative of correctional reform, October 23, 1972 Online
 30. Can government inaction frustrate citizen efforts to clean up the environment?, October 26, 1972 Online
 31. There is a real connection between street crimes of violence and the operations of organized crime in this nation, November 3, 1972 Online
 32. Organized crime had a fifty-year head start on effective law enforcement, but we are beginning to close the gap, November 9, 1972 Online
 33. We must begin to face up to hard questions about the social malignancy of drug abuse, November 12, 1972 Online
 34. The average Western Pennsylvania businessman may well be supporting organized crime without knowing it, November 16, 1972 Online
 35. Our system of criminal justice is designed to secure maximum protection to the total community and to each individual citizen, November 22, 1972 Online
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 1. 1973 will be a year of continued pressure on organized crime and racketeering in Western Pennsylvania, January 2, 1973 Online
 2. Illegal wiretapping constitutes a major threat to the privacy and civil liberties of all our citizens, January 9, 1973 Online
 3. There is a real connection between street crimes of violence and the operations of organized crime in this nation, January 14, 1973 Online
 4. Any invasion of the criminal justice system by partisan politics should be of great concern, January 18, 1973 Online
 5. Federal investigations have revealed the specific patterns utilized by the 'politico-racket complex' to neutralize Pennsylvania's anti-gambling laws, February 14, 1973 Online
 6. Outmoded procedures in our courts constitute a major bottleneck in today's criminal justice system, February 22, 1973 Online
 7. We are accustomed to hearing charges of 'politics' in connection with the prosecution of criminal cases by the federal government, February 27, 1973 Online
 8. Vigorous enforcement efforts are beginning to shrink the profitable heroin racket in Western Pennsylvania, February 28, 1973 Online
 9. Aggressive investigative reporting by the news media is particularly important in the fields of organized crime\, racketeering and official corruption, March 1, 1973 Online
 10. Our system of criminal justice is designed to secure maximum protection to the total community and to each individual citizen, March 16, 1973 Online
 11. Police officers should get as good legal advice in carrying out their duties as the public provides for criminal defendants, March 29, 1973 Online
 12. Prosecution of 'crime in the suites' must command an equal priority with violent offenses in law enforcement efforts, April 24, 1973 Online
 13. Legislation setting minimum standards for becoming a policeman in Pennsylvania is long overdue, April 26, 1973 Online
 14. Reform of our police, courts and correctional systems must be systematically undertaken, May 2, 1973 Online
 15. Thornburgh outlined ten priority action areas to improve Allegheny County's criminal justice system, June 4, 1973 Online
 16. A supplemental pension fund for retired state troopers received contributions from a firm fronting for the mob, June 9, 1973 Online
 17. The abiding lesson of Watergate is clear. Our system continues to work, June 16, 1973 Online
 18. Americans are learning that partisan politics can be a serious polluter of effective law enforcement, August 15, 1973 Online
 19. The overreach of our criminal laws is proving to be a major hindrance to effective law enforcement, September 28, 1973 Online
 20. Businessmen should demand release of the 'shopper's guide to the rackets' prepared by the Pennsylvania Crime Commission, October 17, 1973 Online
 21. Policemen have the biggest stake in seeking to remove the influence of the 'politico-racket complex' from law enforcement in Western Pennsylvania, November 9, 1973 Online
 22. Some of the crimes most destructive to the fabric of our society are carried out by those in business suits, November 11, 1973 Online
 23. Organized crime had a fifty-year head start on effective law enforcement, but we are beginning to close the gap, November 15, 1973 Online
 24. Our view of wrong doing in high places is sometimes distorted by our vantage point. Only a vigilant public and aggressive law enforcement can prevent its reach into any community, November 28, 1973 Online
 25. We must recognize the Watergate phenomenon as a basic challenge to our political process, December 11, 1973 Online
 26. The federal government plays a vital, but limited, role in law enforcement in Western Pennsylvania, December 12, 1973 Online
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 1. We are beginning to turn the corner in the battle against organized crime, January 8, 1974 Online
 2. Show and tell must become the rule for political candidates and office holders with respect to their sources of income and campaign contributions, January 15, 1974  Online
 3. Why is the 'shopper's guide to the rackets' prepared, but never published, by the Pennsylvania Crime Commission?, January 21, 1974 Online
 4. Flushing out those on the take will constitute a high priority for federal law enforcement efforts in 1974, January 22, 1974 Online
 5. We are only now beginning to face up to hard questions about the social malignancy of drug abuse, January 30, 1974 Online
 6. The federal government plays a vital, but limited, role in law enforcement in Western Pennsylvania, February 15, 1974 Online
 7. The overreach of our criminal laws is proving to be a major hindrance to effective law enforcement, February 16, 1974 Online
 8. Our criminal justice system puts a high premium on protecting the rights of the individual, and that is as it should be, March 10, 1974 Online
 9. Support your local police' must become more than just a bumper-sticker slogan if we are to have safer communities in our nation, March 15, 1974 Online
 10. State and local police will assume a much expanded role in fighting street level drug traffic under new federal guidelines, April 5, 1974 Online
 11. Recent pronouncements by public officials would seem to encourage, rather than deter, the spread of the stain of public corruption throughout Pennsylvania, April 9, 1974 Online
 12. Current crime statistics pinpoint Allegheny County's suburbs as the site of the real crime problems in our community, April 29, 1974 Online
 13. Federal investigations have revealed the specific patterns utilized by the 'politico-racket complex' to neutralize Pennsylvania's anti-gambling laws, April 30, 1974 Online
 14. Western Pennsylvania businessmen may well be supporting organized crime and racketeering without knowing it, May 2, 1974 Online
 15. Thornburgh called for a three-point effort to reduce the incidence of public corruption, May 11, 1974 Online
 15. Thornburgh spoke on "You and Organized Crime" at the annual dinner meeting of the Beaver-Lawrence County Savings and Loan League, May 23, 1974 Online
 16. The number one challenge to federal law enforcement efforts in Western Pennsylvania are those criminal offenses which affect the integrity of the government, May 25, 1974 Online
 17. Those who preach a message of violence, bombing, and terrorism have no standing in American society. They must be excised form the legitimate community, June 15, 1974 Online
 18. A ten-year pattern of widespread and systematic corruption among Pittsburgh area law enforcement units responsible for fighting organized crime has been revealed by federal prosecutors, July 1, 1974 Online
 19. Show and tell must become the rule for political candidates and office holders with respect to their sources of income and campaign contributions, July 5, 1974 Online
 20. We are beginning to turn the corner in the battle against organized crime and racketeering in Western Pennsylvania, September 4, 1974 Online
 21. The only way to cut down on the number of handguns in the wrong hands is to cut down on the number of handguns, September 9, 1974 Online
 22. Sentencing practices have gone haywire in our criminal courts, September 10, 1974 Online
 23. State run lotteries, legal race track betting and illegal bingo encourage organized crime's monopoly in numbers and sports betting, September 19, 1974 Online
 24. The new legal weaponry of the 1970s has sparked federal government's successful drive against organized crime, September 24, 1974 Online
 25. The cry of 'politics' seems to have become the death rattle of crooked public officials facing criminal indictment, October 10, 1974 Online
 26. Organized crime gets by with more than a little help from its friends. The mob receives substantial aid from some unlikely sources, November 6, 1974 Online
 27. A pattern of widespread corruption among Pittsburgh area law enforcement units responsible for fighting organized crime, has been revealed by federal prosecutions, November 8, 1974 Online
 28. Federal efforts to crack down on the rackets' monopoly of illegal gambling is not some moral crusade, November 14, 1974 Online
 29. The conviction of Senator Frank Mazzei on federal extortion charges raised more questions than it answered, December 4, 1974 Online
 30. Undue solicitude for those who betray the public trust only makes the task of rooting out political parasites more difficult, December 12, 1974 Online
 32. The overreach of our criminal laws is proving to be a major hindrance to effective law enforcement, December 15, 1974 Online
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 1. Partisan politics has no place in the administration of justice, January 8, 1975 Online
 2. Rip-offs by crooks in business suits or high governmental positions are costing American citizens millions of dollars in hidden costs, January 20, 1975 Online
 3. Only aggressive prosecution can remove the 'For Sale' sign from public office, January 22, 1975 Online
 4. Investigation of official corruption is a must if our political and governmental institutions are to survive and prosper, January 31, 1975 Online
 5. When kickbacks are extorted on government leases, it is the taxpayer who picks up the tab, February 12, 1975 Online
 6. Can we control and contain organized crime? It is a simple matter of supply and demand, February 15, 1975 Online
 7. Federal prosecutors have focused successfully on state and local corruption because most state and local agencies are unable to do the job, February 21, 1975 Online
 8. Organized crime's 'politico-racket complex' had a fifty year head start on effective law enforcement, but we are beginning to close the gap, March 5, 1975 Online
 9. Disclosures of public corruption are more than just a cause for despair, March 15, 1975 Online
 10. An epidemic of corruption in high public office can only be stifled by strong doses of effective law enforcement, March 29, 1975 Online
 11. Cash and carry politics is at the bottom of most of the corrupt schemes uncovered by recent federal prosecutions, April 24, 1975 Online
 12. Today's governmental lawlessness may pose more of a threat to our system of justice than the most hardened gunman, May 1, 1975 Online
 13. Proposed changes in the federal Rules of Criminal Procedure can have a disastrous effect on the prosecution of criminal cases, June 20, 1975 Online

Subseries  4. Events 

Scope and Contents note

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.

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 January, 1970 9
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 February, 1970 10
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 March, 1970 11
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 April, 1970 12
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 May, 1970 371
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 June, 1970 2
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 December, 1970 8
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 January, 1971 9
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 February, 1971 10
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 March, 1971 11
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 April, 1971 12
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 June, 1971 14
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 November, 1972 31
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 January, 1973 32
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 March, 1973 34
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 April, 1973 381
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 January, 1975 22
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 June, 1975 27

Subseries  5. Correspondence 

Scope and Contents note

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.

Congratulatory Correspondence 

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 June 6, 1969-August 14, 1969 29

Chronological Correspondence 

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 June 5, 1969-October 3, 1969 391
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 October 6, 1969-December 31, 1969 2
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 January 2,1970 -March 31, 1970 3
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 April 1, 1970-June 30, 1970 4
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 July 1, 1970-October 30, 1970 5
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 November 2, 1970-December 30, 1970 6
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 January 4, 1971-March 31, 1971 7
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 April 1, 1971-July 30, 1971 8
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 August 2, 1971-October 29, 1971 9
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 November 1, 1971-December 29, 1971 10
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 January 3, 1972-March 31, 1972 11
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 April 3, 1972-July 31, 1972 12
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 August 1, 1972-December 31, 1972 13
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 January 2, 1973-April 30, 1973 14
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 May 1, 1973-September 28, 1973 15
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 October 1, 1973-December 26, 1973 16
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 January 3, 1974-April 30, 1974 17
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Alphabetical Correspondence 

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I-L June, 1969-June, 1975 3
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M-P June, 1969-June, 1975 4
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T-V June, 1969-June, 1975 6
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Correspondence To and From Thornburgh 

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

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

Scope and Contents note

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.

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Thornburgh Biographies 1969-1975 411
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Thornburgh, U.S. Attorney, miscellaneous 1969-1975 2
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Appointment and reappointment, U.S. Attorney 1969, 1973 3
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Transcription of "Swearing In Ceremony of Richard L. Thornburgh as United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania" June 6, 1969 4
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Unpublished Article by Thornburgh regarding narcotics and judicial reform undated 5
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"Accomplishments of the Office of Richard L. Thornburgh, U.S. Attorney for Western Pennsylvania" 1969-1975 6
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U.S. Attorney Office Staff Notes 1970-1975 7
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Thornburgh's Notes From U.S. Attorneys Conferences 1969-1973 8
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Petition for home rule in Pittsburgh 1972 9
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"Support Your Local Police: The Case for Strict Handgun Controls," by Richard Thornburgh, Juris, Vol. VI, No. 1 (includes background material and correspondence) 1972 10
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"Changing Priorities in the United States Attorney's Office," by Richard Thornburgh, Juris, Vol. Viii No. 2 (includes background material) December 1974 11
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Notes on Criminal Justice 1969-1975 12
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Reports on the Pennsylvania Crime Commission 1969-1974 13
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Pennsylvania Crime Commission: Legislation and Hearings 1972-1973 14
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Correspondence regarding the infiltration of legitimate business by Organized Crime 1972-1974 15
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1899 Refuse Act Prosecution 1971-1972 16
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Third Regional Symposium on Careers in Criminal Justice, Indiana University of Pennsylvania 1973 17
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Reference Materials on Supreme Court Decisions 1969-1975 18
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Testimony regarding proposed amendments to Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure September 17, 1974 19
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Hoiles Committee Meeting: Response from U.S. Attorneys to Proposed Amendment to Rule 16 (B) of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure 1975 20
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Reactions to H.R. 6799: Federal Rules of Criminal Procedures Amendments Act 1975 21
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"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 22
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Newspaper clippings and ephemera about Thornburgh's appointment as Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division 1975 23
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Employment File of Thornburgh, U.S. Attorney 1969-1975 24
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Thornburgh's United States Attorney ephemera 1969-1975 25
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Thornburgh's personal daily calendars 1970-1971 26

Subseries  7. Memoranda 

Scope and Contents note

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.

Memoranda from DOJ and USA staff attorneys 

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Memoranda from USA Thornburgh 

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

Scope and Contents note

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.

Minutes 

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

Reports and Collected Material 

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AGAC, Subcommittee on Field Offices (strike forces) 1974-1975 431
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"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 2
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AGAC: reports, memoranda, teletypes, annotated articles 1973-1975 3-5

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

Scope and Contents note

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.

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

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

Scope and Contents note

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.

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

Subseries  11. United States Attorney's Office Cases 

Scope and Contents note

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.

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

Subseries  12. Issue References 

Scope and Contents note

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.

Other Issues 

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Narcotics and dangerous drugs (annotated) 1969-1972 451
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Speech notes 1969-1970 2
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Federal Proposals and Action (annotated) 1969-1970 3
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International (annotated) 1969-1970 4
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Law Enforcement (annotated) 1969-1970 5
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Pennsylvania Agencies and Legislation (annotated) 1969-1975 6
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Rehabilitation and Treatment (annotated) 1969-1970 7
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Research (annotated) 1969-1970 8
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Narcotics and dangerous drugs: Pittsburgh (annotated) 1969-1970 9
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Clippings (annotated) 1969-1975 10
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Articles and News Releases (annotated) 1969-1975 11
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Marijuana (annotated) 1969 12
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Methadone Treatment for Heroin Addiction (annotated) 1969-1970 13
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Chatham College Drug Lectures 1970-1973 14
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Narcotics and dangerous drugs: New York (annotated) 1970 15
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Senate Committee Hearings, Pittsburgh, PA January 18-19, 1971 16
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Mental Health (annotated) 1973 17
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Gun Control (annotated) 1972-1974 18

Reports 

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"The Challenge of Crime in a Free Society," by the President's Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Justice February, 1967 19
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"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 20
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"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 21
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"Organized Crime Control Acts of 1969 and 1970," Reports of the Committee on the Judiciary of the U.S. Senate 1969, 1971 22
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"What YOU Should Know About Drugs and Narcotics," by Alton Blakeslee, The Associated Press 1969 23
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"Toward Reducing Crime in Pennsylvania," report of the Legislative-Executive Task Force on Reorganization (Corrections) September 15, 1970 24
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"Making the Safe Streets Act Work: An Intergovernmental Challenge," by the Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations September, 1970 25
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"State-Local Relations in the Criminal Justice System," by the Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations August, 1971 26
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"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 27
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"A National Strategy to Reduce Crime, National Advisory on Criminal Justice Standards and Goals January 23, 1973 461
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Working Papers of the National Conference on Criminal Justice January 23-26, 1973 2
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"Public Exposure of Illegitimate Business," by John L. Obrecht April, 1973 3
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"Standards relating to the Urban Police Function," by the American Bar Association Project on Standards for Criminal Justice June, 1973 4
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Criminal Behavior and the Control of Crime: An Economic Perspective," by Timothy H. Hannan November, 1974 5
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"Deskbook on Organized Crime," by the Chamber of Commerce of the United States undated 6
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"An Enquiry How Far the Punishment of Death is Necessary in Pennsylvania," by William Bradford, Esq. undated 7
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"Counsel for the United States: An Empirical Analysis..." by James Eisenstein 1968 8

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