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Families of Victims Await Justice As ‘White’ Bulger Trial Enters 5th Day of Deliberations

 

Whitey Bulger

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

As jurors begin their fifth day of deliberations in the racketeering and murder trial reputed mobster James “Whitey” Bulger today, relatives of victims are hoping for some closure and justice, the USA Today reports.

Theresa Barrett Bond, however, may never get that closure because she has lost trust in the law enforcement system because of the FBI’s underhanded involvement with Bulger.

Bond said she has no doubt Bulger, who was the leader of the infamous Winter Hill Gang, killer her father, Arthur Barrett in 1983.

Authorities said Barrett was murdered after refusing to give Bulger a share of stolen loot from a $1.5 million bank heist in 1980.

“Because we had government agents on the take for money, our dads are dead,” Bond said Friday as the jury deliberated. Bulger “would have been (taken) off the streets if the government had done what it was supposed to do.”

‘Whitey’ Bulger Henchman: Feds Allowed Mob Boss to Continue Breaking Law

Steve Flemmi/dateline nbc

 
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Corrupt FBI agent John Connolly urged the feds against prosecuting him and James “Whitey” Bulger so they could continue delivering information about rival gangs, a former henchman for the accused mob boss testified Wednesday, The Boston Globe reports.

Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi testified that Connolly helped them avoid indictments at a time when other gangs were being prosecuted.

“Jim Bulger and myself were taken out of the indictment,” Flemmi testified. “That’s what John Connolly told me and that’s what Jim Bulger told me.”

Instead of being charged, Flemmi testified that he and Bulger continued to commit crimes with the FBI’s knowledge, The Globe reported.

Helping Self to Chips, Soda May Cost Chicago Cop Time in Prison


Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A Chicago cop is accused of extortion for helping himself daily to chips and soda without paying for them at a liquor store, CBS Chicago reports.

Sgt. Ray M. Ramirez, who is described as broke, faces up to 20 years for “openly take items in front of the store’s employees” while visiting the store in his uniform, a federal complaint alleges.

Ramirez is accused of hanging out at the store for about an hour a day, according to CBS Chicago.

A store clerk was wearing a wire for the FBI when he asked the agent to run a background check for $550.

“We never talked, and I never did this for you,” Ramirez allegedly told the undercover informant on May 22. “I would lose my job and be fired.”

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FBI Investigating Whether Sen. Menendez Was Set Up in Corruption, Prostitution Case

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI agents are trying to locate people who have accused Sen. Robert Menendez of corruption and patronizing prostitutes in what investigators believe may have been a set up to embarrass the Democrat as he ran for reelection last year, the Washington Post reports.

The investigation brought agents to the Palm Beach headquarters of the sugar and real estate empire where they questioned owners and brothers Alfonso and Jose Fanjul.

Menendez has denied he did special favors for campaign donations.

Agents have come up empty-handed in their investigation of Menendez using prostitutes and believe the senator may have been set up.

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FBI Agent Opens Up About Ex-Detroit Mayor Kilpatrick’s Public Corruption Trial

Kwame Kilpatrick/deadline detroit

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI opened its investigation of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick more than 8 years ago after getting a variety of tips, the leader investigator on the case told WXYZ Channel 7 reports.

Channel 7 interviewed FBI Special Agent Bob Beeckman about an investigation that included some 70 agents, 1,000 witnesses and 40,000 text messages.

“If you have public officials that betray the trust of citizens, the whole fabric of society comes apart,” Beeckman told Channel 7.

The prosecution tallied more than 30 guilty convictions against Kilaptrick, his father and contractor Bobby Ferguson in the public corruption case two weeks ago.

Beekman said the most damning evidence was probably the text messages that revealed a lot about the former mayor’s administration.

DEA: Tennessee Sheriff’s Deputy Charged in Undercover Cocaine Bust

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A sheriff’s deputy in Tennessee found himself on the wrong side of the law this week.

The Murfreesboro Post reports that Rutherford County Deputy Louis R. Parra-Flores, 36, was busted following an undercover drug investigation involving cocaine.

The DEA accuses Flores of attempting to deliver 7 kilograms of cocaine, the Post reported.

“The actions of a few corrupt law enforcement officers harms the reputation of the many dedicated men and women who wear the badge with honor,” said U.S. Attorney Jerry E. Martin.

Homeland Security Report: Customs and Border Protection Agencies Rife with Dysfunction

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection is mired in internal dysfunction and turf battles and is unable to stem corruption within its ranks, according to an internal study, the TheDailyBeast.com reports.

The website says the agency, which has about 60,000 employees, has been unable to control its disciplinary system or a culture of acceptable corruption.

The study, which showed myriad problems, was completed by the Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute, a type of think tank for the Department of Homeland Security.

The Center for Investigative reporting reviewed the 80-page unclassified report, which chronicles problems from as far back as 2002, the theDailyBeast.com reported.

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The Headache Named Bobby Ferguson: A Pain to Everyone Except Ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick

Bobby Ferguson pictured above. Art by Lauren Davies for Deadline Detroit.

By Allan Lengel
Deadline Detroit

DETROIT — He was Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s good buddy, his confidante, his favorite city contractor.

But Bobby Ferguson managed to turn off many in Kilpatrick’s inner circle.

Contractors and city officials — including Victor Mercado, the head of the water department — complained about Ferguson.

Even Kilpatrick’s sister, Ayanna, found Ferguson a big headache who wouldn’t go away.

“Here we go with the Bobby bull again,” Ayanna texted mayoral insider Derrick Miller, complaining that her brother kept feeding Ferguson city business — at the expense of her the clients she represented.

As the Kwame Kilpatrick trial moved into the New Year, prosecutors this week homed in on Ferguson, a co-defendant, who the feds have portrayed as a bully who illegally conspired with Kilpatrick to rig city construction contracts and extort contractors for a piece of their action.

In turn, the feds allege that Ferguson gave Kilpatrick kickbacks from the demolition and excavation work. Kilpatrick’s father, Bernard, a business consultant, is the other co-defendant in the trial that began in September and is likely to go at least into February.

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