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Appeals Court Upholds Second-Degree Murder Conviction of Ex-FBI Agent John Connolly

connollyBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Former FBI Agent John Connolly, who was charged with assisting now-imprisoned mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger, was rightfully convicted of second-degree murder with a firearm even though he was 1,500 miles away from his vicim at the time of the fatal shooting by a hit man, an appeals court ruled, the Associated Press reports. 

The full 3rd District Court of Appeals ruled 6-4 that Connolly’s conviction was proper because Connolly had a gun when he tipped off Bulger’s gang about John Callahan, who was fatally shot in Fort. Lauderdale in 1982.

“The evidence as to both his participation in the murder and his possession of a firearm during his participation are overwhelming,” Judge Leslie Rothenberg wrote on behalf of the majority. “The law does not require that the defendant be the actual shooter.”

The decision reverses that of a three-judge panel of the same court, the AP wrote.

Convicted Gangster ‘Whitey’ Bulger Asks for Court to Overturn Conviction

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“Whitey” Bulger

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Convicted gangster James “Whitey” Bulger is asking for a new trial, claiming he was given an unfair trial because he was barred from testifying about his contention that he received immunity for his crimes, the Associated Press reports.

Bulger’s attorney Hank Brennan said Bulger should have been permitted to testify that a now-dead federal prosecutor granted him immunity.

“The defendant has that right to testify. There is no shaking that right,” Brennan told a three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The government argued that the judge had a right to deny Bulger from testifying about the immunity claim because there was no hard evidence such an agreement existed.

“He chose not to testify,”  Assistant U.S. Attorney Randall Kromm said.

Former FBI Agent Charged with Lying Under Oath During ‘Whitey’ Bulger Case

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former FBI agent accused of lying under oath during the 2013 James “Whitey” Bulger trial has pleaded not guilty, Boston.com reports.

Retired FBI supervisor Robert Fitzpatrick, 75, is charged with six counts of perjury and six counts of obstruction of justice.

Boston.com wrote that Fitzpatrick worked for the FBI from 1965 to 1986 and supervised the organized crime department in the late 1980s.

While investigating organized crime, Fitzpatrick used Bulger as an informant, according to the indictment.

Bulger was convicted in November 2013 and sentenced to life in prison.

The indictment alleges Fitzpatrick made “false material declarations designed to aid Bulger’s defense” while testifying in Bulger’s trial in late July 2013.

Movie review: ‘Whitey’ Documentary Gives Too Much Legitimacy to Claim That Bulger Wasn’t Informant

By Kevin Cullen
Boston Globe

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Joe Berlinger made a pretty good documentary about Whitey Bulger, but it is seriously undermined by his treating far too seriously Bulger’s claim that he was never an informant for the FBI.

Whitey insists he had no idea that when he sat there, all those years, telling John Connolly stuff about other criminals, that Connolly was writing it down back at the office. Whitey wants you to believe the FBI — not just Connolly, but other agents and supervisors who protected him and, unlike Connolly, got away with it — took care of him because he paid them and saved the life of a federal prosecutor. It’s all jive. Insulting jive.

But Joe Berlinger takes it very seriously. And his film, “Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger,” suffers for that.

In the 26 years that have gone by since I was part of the Globe Spotlight Team that exposed Bulger as being a protected FBI informant, I have repeatedly stressed that Bulger was a lousy informant, one not deserving the FBI’s protecting him from prosecution and helping him murder potential witnesses against him. It was all a scam. His handler, John Connolly, just lumped Whitey in with his partner in crime, Steve Flemmi, pretending that Whitey had inside information on the Mafia, with which the FBI was obsessed.

The Mafia wouldn’t tell Whitey if his pants were on fire. But the Mafia did talk to Stevie, and Stevie talked to Whitey, and Whitey went along with the charade, that he really knew what the Mafia was thinking, because it was good business.

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Court Overturns Murder Conviction of Former FBI Agent John Connolly Jr. Linked to Mobster Whitey Bulger

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Florida state court panel on Wednesday ruled that former FBI Agent John J. Connolly Jr. was wrongfully convicted of participating in a plot to kill a Florida businessman in 1982 at the urging of Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the three-judge appellate panel tossed out the murder conviction, citing a legal technicality.

The government is expected to appeal the decision.

Connolly is serving a 40-year sentence that began in 2011.

Former FBI agents expressed relief.

“We won,” said former agent Richard Baker of Boston, who has led the coalition of ex-FBI agents. “I’m very delighted he’s going to finally get to see his kids on every holiday there is. I just have to pray now that somebody doesn’t come out of the woodwork and put a wrench in it…. He’s not out of jail yet.”

Veteran Documentary Filmmaker Joe Berlinger Talks About his Newest Movie, “Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger”

The film, which premiered recently at the Sundance Film Festival, chronicles the life of the crime boss and reflects on what would have happened if the FBI didn’t use Bulger as an informant.

Documentary about Mobster ‘Whitey’ Bulger Premiered During Sundance Film Festival

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A new documentary that explores the life of recently convicted mobster James “Whitey” Bulger premiered this week to a sold-out audience at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

The New York Times reports that the film, “Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger,” explores Bulger’s life, his crimes and his 2013 murder and racketeering trial.

The filmmaker, Joe Berlinger, is an acclaimed documentarian who also was behind “Brother’s Keeper” (1992) and the “Paradise Lost” trilogy.

“While the movie aims for balance, its contentions are simple and twofold: that the full measure of the FBI’s complicity in Bulger’s reign of violence was not allowed to be brought out in court, and that history and US citizens will not be served until that happens,” The Times wrote.

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5 Top Federal Law Enforcement Achievements in 2013

 
 

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Mob boss convicted: One of the nation’s most notorious mafia leaders, James “Whitey” Bulger, was sentenced to life in prison on Nov. 13 after a Boston federal jury found him guilty of racketeering, money laundering and extortion. Bulger was a violent, cold-blooded leader of the Boston Irish mob for decades. He had been on the run for 16 years.

Silk Road busted: In October, the FBI captured the elusive owner and operator of Silk Road – a website that sold drugs and other illegal items and services. The transactions were virtually untraceable because of a currency called bitcoins. The FBI seized $28 million worth of the bitcoins.

Bombs in Boston: A federal manhunt ended in the death of one suspect and the arrest of another in the Boston Marathon bombing in April. The suspects, 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, and 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, are accused of placing a bomb at the finish line of the marathon on April 15. The blast killed three and injured more than 260 others.

Motor City corruption: Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced to 28 years in prison for racketeering, extortion, bribery, fraud and tax charges in March. Kilpatrick, his father and a city contractor were running a criminal enterprise out of city hall.

Exploited children saved: In a nationwide sweep targeting underage prostitution in July, 105 juveniles were rescued and more than 150 alleged pimps arrested. The FBI coordinated with local, state and federal officials over three days to nab suspects in 76 cities.