In 1952, John Rigas, then 27 years old and the owner-operator of the local movie theater, paid $300 for the cable television franchise for the small, remote town of Coudersport, Pennsylvania. The next year he and a group of local businessmen proceeded to build the cable television system in Coudersport. According to industry records, there were only about sixty other operating cable television systems at this time.
The Rigas family is obviously delighted that the United States Attorneys Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania has decided to dismiss the tax charges against John and Tim. But it is unfortunate that it took prosecutors seven years to recognize what should have been apparent from the outset: the government simply did not have a case. Continue Reading
MOTION OF THE UNITED STATES FOR LEAVE TO DISMISS THE SUPERSEDING INDICTMENT PURSUANT TO FEDERAL RULE OF CRIMINAL PROCEDURE 48(b)
The United States hereby requests leave of Court, pursuant to Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 48 (b), to dismiss the Superseding Indictment. In support of this motion, the United States submits these grounds: Continue Reading