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Massachusetts Prosecutors Mull State Charges Against Mobster ‘Whitey’ Bulger, His Former Associates

 

Updated Bulger photo/wbur

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It might not be over yet for notorious mobster and convicted killer James “Whitey” Bulger and his former associates.

Prosecutors in Massachusetts are exploring whether they can charge Bulger and others with murder and other crimes now that the federal trial is over, the Boston Globe Press reports.

One associate that faces potential criminal charges is Patrik Nee, who was named as an accomplice in several murders but never charged.

Bulger was convicted Monday on murder and racketeering counts in federal court.

“We’re always looking for evidence that can help us investigate and prosecute Suffolk County homicides,” Jake Wark, a spokesman for Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley, told the Globe in a statement.

Father Launches Independent Investigation of Ibragim Todashev’s Death During FBI Probe

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Abdulbaki Todashev raised a photo of his dead son during a news conference Tuesday and pledged to uncover the truth behind Ibragim Todashev’s death during an FBI interrogation, The Guardian reports.

Todashev hired two prominent civil rights attorneys in Florida to determine what prompted the death of his 27-year-old son, who was being questioned in May about his relationship with one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.

The Muslim advocacy group, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), said it hired experts to investigate the case.

“This case is about police accountability and justice,” Hassan Shibly, the group’s executive director, said. “I don’t think we want to live in a country where people get shot by federal agents in their own homes.”

The FBI continues to declined to comment on Ibragim Todashev’s death, saying it’s still the subject of an investigation.

$600,000 Homes Built for CBP Personnel in Small Arizona Town

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A cluster of yellow, blue and salmon-colored homes was built for CBP employees in a small former mining community in Ajo, Ariz. at a cost of roughly $600,000 apiece, The Arizona Republic reports.

The price tag includes the cost to plan and build each of 21 two- and three-bedroom houses that are intended to attract CBP employees to the town.

Similar-sized homes in Ajo are selling for less than $100,000, the Republic reported.

The rental homes are about 11 miles from a Border Patrol station in Why, Ariz.

It’s unclear how much the federal government is charging for rent, but officials said rent is at market rates, the Republic wrote.

Mexican Officials Challenge Early Release of DEA Agent Killer, Caro Quintero

Enrique Camarena

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Mexican officials said Tuesday they are seeking to reverse an appeals court ruling that led to the early release of a notorious drug kingpin who was in prison for killing a DEA agent, The LA Times reports.

Relations between the U.S. and Mexico became strained after Caro Quintero, the accused founder of the once-potent Guadalajara drug cartel, was released from prison after serving 28 years – 12 short of his sentence.

“The decision, in our opinion, wasn’t respectful of the legal framework,” Foreign Minister Jose Antonio Meade told reporters Tuesday. “We will have to find the way to reverse it.”

Quintero was convicted of kidnapping, torturing and murdering DEA Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena in 1985.

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Longtime Agent Monica M. Miller To Head FBI in Northern California

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Monica M. Miller, who has abundant experience investigating violent crime and public corruption, has been tapped as the leader of the FBI’s Sacramento field office, the Sacramento Bee reports.

Miller will replace Herb M. Brown, who departed last year to take a job with the Central California Intelligence Center.

Miller was the bureau’s senior detailee to the CIA, overseeing counterespionage employees.

Miller’s new territory stretches from Oregon to south of Bakersfield, Calif., the Bee reported.

She joined the FBI in 1989.

Reporter: Why Did FBI Target Me If Justice Department Not Going After Reporters?

By James Ball
The Guardian

Would you trust a politician if your liberty depended on it?
Day to day, it’s something journalists in America are having to do, whether they’re aware of it or not. The politician in question is Attorney General Eric Holder, and the key quote in question is his vow to Congress: “As long as I’m attorney general, (the Justice Department) will not prosecute any reporter for doing his or her job.”

That memo doesn’t quite seem to have filtered down to federal agencies, if a recent report to Slate is to be believed. Ryan Gallagher, one of the site’s security writers, has produced a long account of the strange tale of Sigurdur Thordarson, who became a WikiLeaks insider as just 17 years old, who then preceded to voluntarily turn FBI informant.

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FBI Says Alaska Serial Killer Murdered At Least 11 People Before Committing Suicide

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Israel Keyes took the easy way out.

After the serial killer accused of murdering at least 11 people committed suicide in his Anchorage jail cell in early December, the FBI compiled a list of Keyes’ likely victims, Reuters reports.

Keyes was waiting trial for the murder of an Anchorage barista.

The FBI on Monday released more information about Keyes’ suspected murders, which investigators said began in 2001 and lasted until 2012.

“Right now, the best hope for solving these cases is going to come from information from the public,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin Feldis, who led the prosecution of Keyes, told Reuters.

Memorable Quotes from Murder, Racketeering Trial of ‘Whitey’ Bulger

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Brutal mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger was a colorful figure in the underground crime word.

So it’s no surprise his trial prompted some memorable quotes:

“After I heard that they were informants, it sort of broke my heart.”
– Ex-gangster and former Bulger partner John Martorano, who served just 12 years after admitting to murder 20 people.

“They hunted their targets. These men didn’t hunt animals, ladies and gentlemen, they hunted people.”
– Prosecutor Fred Wyshak, detailing the brutal details of Bulger’s murders.

“James Bulger is of Irish descent. And the worst thing an Irish person could consider doing is becoming an informant. That was the first and foremost reason why James Bulger was never an informant against people.”
– J.W. Carney Jr., defense lawyer for Bulger

“Bulger: “You suck.”
Weeks: “F— you, OK!”
Bulger: “F— you, too.”
Weeks: “What do you want to do?”
– Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi, explaining on the stand his response to do nothing when Bulger strangled his girlfriend.

“It’s affected me and it’s going to affect me until the day I die.”
– Exchange between Bulger and his former associate Kevin Weeks, who was testifying at the time.

“We killed people that were rats, and I had the two biggest rats right next to me.”
– Weeks, referring to Bulger and Flemmi

“My thing is, as far as I’m concerned, I didn’t get a fair trial, and this is a sham. And do what yous want with me.”
–Bulger to Judge Denise Casper