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Thomas P. Puccio dies at 67; prosecutor won convictions in Abscam scandal
Thomas P. Puccio dies at 67; prosecutor won convictions in Abscam scandal

Thomas P. Puccio, a former federal prosecutor who won the convictions of several members of Congress in the Abscam bribery scandal in the early 1980s and later became a prominent defense lawyer who secured for socialite Claus von Bulow an acquittal in his second trial on charges that he twice tried to kill his heiress wife, has died. He was 67.Puccio, who lived in Weston, Conn., died of leukemia March 12 in Yale-New Haven Hospital, said his wife, Kathryn.Known as a tough, aggressive and tenacious lawyer, Puccio was head of the Organized Crime Strike Force for the U.S. attorney's office in Brooklyn, N.Y., when he gained national attention as head prosecutor in four of the eight Abscam...

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