Former Pennsylvania State Senator Vincent Fumo, who is being resentenced on federal corruption charges, describes in e-mails obtained by the Philadelphia Daily News a two-week journey “in shackles and chains” from Ashland, Ky., to Philadelphia so that he can appear in court. Fumo, 68, said, “I can now walk with leg irons with the best of them and I can even do it up and down stairs!” He described how he could eat a sandwich while handcuffed with the cuffs chained to his waist.
Fumo’s attorney, Dennis Cogan, said authorities had told him Fumo was in solitary confinement because he was a “security risk” due to the publicity surrounding him. U.S. Bureau of Prisons spokesman Ed Ross said that whenever inmates are transported together, they are secured with a waist chain, and hand and leg restraints, “because inmates of all security levels” travel together. “It’s shameful we treat people like this,” Cogan said. “This is not somebody who’s a terrorist. I honestly believe if the public understood what happens to prisoners, they would have a different view of prison. It’s not Club Fed.”