Joseph Zappa declined comment. Leo Zappa says he’s “very insulted” that anyone would think he helped his brother get a job. Rather, the judge suggests, his brother may have used old contacts in the secretary of state’s office. “My brother and I have had a very, very, very cold relationship,” Leo Zappa says. “I had nothing to do with his getting that job.”
Two years ago, Zappa moved to have his record expunged so that no one, not even law enforcement officers, would know about his criminal past. A judge in DuPage County, where Zappa pleaded guilty to the felony conspiracy charge, refused his request.