Pizza Penance

A jury convicts 18 mobsters

The trial in the notorious "pizza connection" case ended last week after nearly 17 months, but the eleven-member jury needed only six days to deliver its verdict. A former Sicilian Mafia chief and 16 other men, said the exhausted jurors in New York City last week, were guilty of conspiring to distribute heroin and cocaine through a network of pizza parlors.

The case involved an intricate $1.6 billion drug-smuggling operation, partly planned in obscure places like a Queens, N.Y., pizzeria. The Government presented hundreds of witnesses, hours of bugged conversations and thousands of documents. Actors were brought in to read dialogue...