Crime: The Iniquitous Depths

"I have been sentencing people for 27 years," Judge Irving Ben Cooper told the defendant in Manhattan's Federal Court, "and it has been a long time since I have come upon a case that was so revolting as your case. I think you are so steeped in filth that as I read the report I cringed, and my flesh crept as I read the depth of iniquity to which you have allowed yourself to sink."

What prompted that condemnation from Judge Cooper—together with a five-year prison sentence and a $10,000 fine—was Defendant John Fellebaum's part in a nationwide extortion ring that...

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