A sad-story column
February 23-March 1, 2006
Down the Drain
By Brian Hickey
On Monday morning, Joe O'Malley will leave the North Wildwood cottage he's called home since his wife left him a year ago. He'll drive about 50 miles to a small South Jersey town called Fairton, where, at around 2 p.m., he'll surrender his freedom. A convicted racketeer, O'Malley will call a federal correctional facility home until Feb. 27, 2008.
"There's no justice," says the 60-year-old father of three with a trio of grandkids, "to any of this."
That's the mantra of any convict, from the Joey Merlinos right on down to the nickel-and-dime smack salesmen of the world. None of them is guilty. Each of them was railroaded.
Thing is, O'Malley was outright screwed. He knows it. And so should you, since the federal government sent him off to prison to protect you...