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South Shore Businessman Testified That ‘Whitey’ Bulger Forced Him to Pay Friend’s $300,000 Debt

 

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Just weeks after his friend was killed in 1982, a South Shore businessman came face-to-face with James “Whitey” Bulger.

Michael Solimando testified in the racketeering and murder trial of James “Whitey” Bulger, saying the accused mobster ordered him at gunpoint to pay his friend’s $400,000 outstanding debt, the Boston Globe reports.

“We want our money,” Solimando said Bulger told him. “He pulled a revolver out and stuck it in my face and told me how disappointed he was that I hadn’t come to him sooner.”

Solimando said he had little choice but to hand over the money.

“It was either that or get killed,” said Solimando. “I was sufficiently scared, I’ll tell you that.”

NSA Leaker Snowden May Leave Moscow Airport in Next Few Days

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

NSA Leaker may have plans to soon leave the Moscow airport where he has been stuck in legal limbo, the USA Today reports.

A lawyer assisting Snowden is helping him apply for temporary asylum in Russia. 

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Snowden has been advised not to do anything that would jeopardize Russian-U.S. relations, the USA Today wrote.

“We have warned Mr. Snowden that any actions by him connected with harming Russian-American relations are unacceptable,” Putin said.

It’s unclear where Snowden plans to go once he leaves the airport.

FBI Bars Florida Examiner from Releasing Autopsy of Chechen Man Killed by Agent

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has blocked the release of the autopsy report of the Chechen man killed by an FBI agent during an investigation in May, the Boston Globe reports.

Ibragim Todashev, a friend of one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, was in his Orlando apartment when the agent shot and killed him. 

The medical examiner said the autopsy is complete and “ready for release,” but the FBI does not want the public seeing it because the case is still under investigation, according to the Globe.

“The FBI has informed this office that the case is still under active investigation and thus not to release the document,” Tony Miranda, forensic records coordinator for Orange and Osceola counties in Orlando, said in a media statement Tuesday.

Did Boston Marathon Bombers Have Help? FBI Investigates Accused Terrorist in Boston Area

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal investigators are trying to determine whether the Boston Marathon bombers received help from a terrorism suspect who had all the materials needed for a pressure-cooker bomb, Reuters reports.

The Boston-area man, Daniel Morley, is accused of trying to blow up an airplane and having bomb-making equipment at his home on June 9, Reuters wrote.

Morley told his mother that his best friend was bragging about knowing one of the two Chechen brothers accused of detonating a pressure-cooker near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

Police found a large pressure cooker and a block duffel back inside Morley’s closet. Included were black power, ignitors and pieces of metal to be used as shrapnel, according to Reuters.

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Atty. General Eric Holder Condemns “Stand Your Ground” Laws


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By Manuel Roig-Franzia and Sari Horwitz
Washington Post Staff Writers

ORLANDO — Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. strongly condemned “Stand Your Ground” laws here Tuesday in a speech to the NAACP that addressed the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the killing of Trayvon Martin.

The laws “sow dangerous conflict in our neighborhoods,” Holder said, by “allowing – and perhaps encouraging – violent situations to escalate in public.”

More than 30 states, including Florida, have passed “Stand Your Ground” laws, which allow people to defend themselves with deadly force, rather than retreating, if they feel they are in danger or a serious felony is about to be committed.

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‘Whitey’ Bulger’s Alleged Victim Feared He’d Die for Crossing the Mobster

 

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Edward “Brian” Halloran had a feeling his life wouldn’t last long if he revealed information about a slaying involving accused mobster James “Whitey” Bulger, The Boston Globe reports.

During testimony Monday in the racketeering and murder case against Bulger, a retired FBI agent said Holloran indicated he was concerned about retaliation from Bulger or his partner Flemmi Stephen ‘‘The Rifleman.”

‘‘He said that if Bulger or (Bulger’s ) Flemmi had any indication that he was cooperating with the FBI that they would go to any extreme, even if it meant killing innocent bystanders, including his family,’’ the agent, Gerald Montanari, testified.

Halloran was cooperating in hopes that it would help him in his impending state murder charges in a separate case, The Globe reported.

Ex-Federal Prosecutor: Zimmerman Case Resembles CIA Interrogators Case

Andrew C. McCarthy
National Review

For those of us who are very proud of our service in the Justice Department – I was a federal prosecutor for nearly 20 years – there is nothing more appalling than seeing the attorney general of the United States heaping praise on, and joining in the machinations of, a race-mongering political demagogue such as Al Sharpton. As I’ve summarized before, Sharpton not only has a history of obstructing the administration of justice but was actively threatening, at the very time Eric Holder colluded with him, to “occupy” Sanford, Fla., if the state declined to file charges against George Zimmerman.

In my two decades at the U.S. attorney’s office in New York, most of my best friends and many of the best prosecutors I knew were liberal Democrats. This made for lively debates when we’d go out for beers on a Friday night. But it had nothing to do with our performance of the job. We all understood that our duty was to keep the politics out of the courtroom and out of law enforcement. And it wasn’t hard to do: It was what the judges expected of us, it was what we expected of the judges, and it was what ordinary citizens who serve on juries were told in every single trial — decide the case based on evidence, not passion, prejudice, fear or favor.

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