MAGISTRATE: DISMISS RACKET INDICTMENTS
A federal magistrate has recommended dismissing the racketeering indictments against three Rhode Island men - including a former state representative - and a Massachusetts man accused of bilking labor union benefits funds.
US Magistrate Charlene Sorrentino agreed Friday with a defense contention that the Sept. 23, 1981, indictment alleged no specific criminal acts that had occurred in the five years before the indictment.
Named in the indictment were Arthur E. Coia, vice president of Laborers International of North America; his son, attorney Arthur A. Coia; former Rhode Island state Rep. Albert LePore, and Joseph W. Vaccaro of Winchester, a trustee of the New England Laborers Fund.
Their trial had been scheduled for June 1.
Originally named in the indictment was reputed New England mob kingpin Raymond L.S. Patriarca, but his case recently was severed and transferred to Providence because of Patriarca's failing health.
US District Judge James Lawrence King, who will make the final decision on the recommendation, scheduled a hearing for March 10.