Organized crime fighting Youngstown attorney retires - WFMJ.com News weather sports for Youngstown-Warren Ohio

updated

Organized crime fighting Youngstown attorney retires

Posted: Updated:

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - A long time attorney and man who led the charge against corruption in the local government is celebrating his retirement.

After decades of representing low income people in civil matters, James Callen is retiring from the legal profession.

Callen mostly made a name for himself by founding the Citizens League of Youngstown.  It was that group who crusaded against organized crime and its influence on valley politics.

Callen and the league first took that fight to Washington D.C. and testified before the US Senate.

"I think that helped get the attention of the federal officials and I think over the years they made a significant impact on eliminating the presence of organized crime in a way it had been accustomed to influence and control this community," says Callen.

Youngstown Municipal Judge Robert Milich says Callen risked a lot by standing up to organized crime.

"It's a reason why people don't attempt it because it's such a difficult task but he hasn't given up and he's spent a lot of years and he hasn't given up yet. I suspect even in retirement he's still going to be working on his mission," says Milich.

  • More NewsMore>>

  • Thrill ride was OK'd hours before deadly state fair accident

    Thrill ride was OK'd hours before deadly state fair accident

    Thursday, July 27 2017 10:41 PM EDT2017-07-28 02:41:52 GMT
    The Ohio State Fair will be open Thursday, a day after one person was killed and seven others were injured when an "aggressive thrill" ride broke apart.More >>
    The Ohio State Fair will be open Thursday, a day after one person was killed and seven others were injured when an "aggressive thrill" ride broke apart.More >>
  • A look at safety procedures and rides coming to the Canfield Fair

    A look at safety procedures and rides coming to the Canfield Fair

    Thursday, July 27 2017 10:19 PM EDT2017-07-28 02:19:27 GMT

    Some of the rides we will see at the Canfield Fair are up and running this week in nearby Summit County.  The company that handles the set up, maintenance and safety of the rides is Bates Amusement. Their sister company, Bates Brothers, also helps out at the Canfield Fair.

    More >>

    Some of the rides we will see at the Canfield Fair are up and running this week in nearby Summit County.  The company that handles the set up, maintenance and safety of the rides is Bates Amusement. Their sister company, Bates Brothers, also helps out at the Canfield Fair.

    More >>
  • Financial Recovery Plan approved in Niles

    Financial Recovery Plan approved in Niles

    Thursday, July 27 2017 9:55 PM EDT2017-07-28 01:55:05 GMT

    In a vote of 6-1, a state appointed fiscal commission approved the city of Niles 7th financial recovery plan.  

    More >>

    In a vote of 6-1, a state appointed fiscal commission approved the city of Niles 7th financial recovery plan.  

    More >>
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms