Monday, March 17, 2014
Pittsburgh Crime Family Underboss Chuckie Porter ... and son
Briefly, Chuckie Porter, an underboss for Michael Genovese, was doing time. He decides to get out of jail and start spilling his guts to the feds in the early 90s. Around the same time his son, Charles Porter Jr, would become a partner in a law firm with Stephen Zappala Jr. Was it a coincidence or the beginning stages of Synchronized Crime?
As an underboss, Chuckie Porter would have been privy to all of the corrupt that politicians, elected officials on-the-take, and dirty cops had to offer. Porter would know all the financial data used to buy protection. Thus, he could pass such information to his son, under the veil of lawyer/client confidentiality. Is it possible that the partnership between Zappala and Porter’s son, Charles Jr, was the new beginning for the mob? With this kind of insider information coming from (and even to) an under-boss, all the more people could be bought and sold.
No need to whack anyone, just indict, prosecute, and make sure the judge hands down a lofty sentence. That would send a strong message to anyone willing to mess with the Zappala family. This would make the Zappala family an authentic terrorist group, causing as much fear as those group which use explosives.
Dr. Cyril Wecht first mentioned the “threat to indict,” while DA Zappala was either prosecuting or persecuting Senator Jane Orie. The Orie family characterized the legal attack as a Mafia hit, coincidentally.
And equally coincidental is the observation that Charles Porter Jr would represent one of the witnesses in the trial.
So, the question is simple. Was it the merging of two families that would some day forge the new power structure. Porter Jr was could represent his father in some capacity and then could share confidential information with his partners. As an underboss, Chuckie Porter would have known all the dirty DA's.
He would have known which judges could have been bought and sold. The feds don't share this kind of information.
Upon graduation from law school, Stephen Zappala Jr joined the Pittsburgh law firms of Grogan, Graffam, McGinley & Lucchino and Dattilo, Barry, Fasulo & Cambest as an associate. In 1990, he became a partner at Brucker, Zappala, Schneider & Porter, another Pittsburgh law firm.