Reputed ex-mob boss summoned for violation hearing

AP News
Posted: Oct 21, 2014 3:44 PM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The reputed former boss of the Philadelphia mob could face more prison time after a judge summoned him for a parole violation hearing.

Federal prosecutors say Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino met up with fellow mobsters during his three years of supervised release in the Miami area.

Merlino's lawyers have argued that prosecutors didn't file the proper paperwork before his three years of parole expired last month.

However, U.S. District Judge R. Barclay Surrick rejected that argument in a ruling Monday.

Surrick has ordered Merlino to appear in court on Friday for an evidence hearing.

The 52-year-old Merlino is free after spending about a decade in prison after a 2001 racketeering trial.

Defense attorneys say he had a "chance encounter" with a former co-defendant at a cigar bar.