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Tag: Whitey Bulger

FBI’s Shameful Past Likely to Be Revealed During Trial of Mobster ‘Whitey’ Bulger

 

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The murder and racketeering trial against mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger likely will reveal an ugly period for the FBI.

While Bulger was wreaking havoc as the leader of a crime gang in South Boston from the 1970s to the early 1980s, he also was acting as an FBI informant. During that time, at least three agents were helping Bulger, Bloomberg reports.

Bulger is accused of 19 murders and racketeering while leading an organized crime gang in South Boston.

Bulger faces life in prison.

Long-Awaited Trial of ‘Whitey’ Bulger to Begin Tuesday With Jury Selection in What Could Be ‘A Circus’

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Prosecutors Refuse to Reveal Confidential Informant in ‘Whitey’ Bulger Case

Whitey Bulger/fbi

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal prosecutors said they will not release the name of the confidential informant involved in the case against mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger, the Boston Herald reports.

The defense attorneys maintain the informant helped the FBI determine what others may say during testimony.

Prosecutors dismissed the allegations as ” street talk” and “rumors.”

“The FBI has advised that the informant had no first-hand knowledge of any of this information, and indeed had no direct contact with the relevant individuals discussed in the FBI report: Kevin Weeks, John Martorano, Pat Nee, Jack Curran, Patrick Linskey, Michael Linskey, Richard Buccheri and Kevin Weeks’ former girlfriend,” prosecutors said in court papers filed Monday.

The prosecutors added that the defense is “free to impugn government witnesses’ credibility through vigorous cross-examination, and may ask witnesses about prior inconsistent statements.”

Reputed Boston Mobster Whitey Bulger’s Attorney Seeks Disclosure of FBI Informant

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Reputed Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger is asking a federal judge to force the disclosure of the identity of a confidential informant, the Boston Herald reports.

Bulger’s lawyers said the informant can help discredit two witnesses who plan to testify against the aging gangster at the criminal trial, which begins June 13.

“The information provided by the source is highly relevant for  impeachment purposes. It demonstrates the willingness of both Weeks and Martorano to shade their version of events in a manner favorable to themselves and those they wish to protect,” Bulger attorney J.W. Carney  wrote.

“Their intentional withholding of incriminating information about their friends raises serious questions about whether they were truthful in their dealings with the government,” he added.

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U.S. Senator Harshly Criticizes FBI for Handling of Mob Informant Mark Rossetti

Mark Rossetti/ from Fox video

 By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
Sen. Charles Grassley, a longtime critic of the FBI, issued some harsh words for the agency in the case of  FBI informant Mark Rossetti, a big-time Boston mobster, who was sentenced last week in Suffolk Superior Court to 12 years in prison.

Grassley said the Boston FBI hasn’t learned its lesson since FBI informant James “Whitey” Bulger ran amuck and continued to commit crimes while working as an FBI informant, according to MyFox Boston. He said the Boston office needs a major shakeup.

“I thought it was pretty clear after Bulger as an example, now Rossetti coming out and not having learned any lessons. There needs to be big changes. I’m not running the FBI but this has been going on too long. There have to be big changes,” Grassley told FOX Undercover.

Fox wrote on its website:

Rossetti is a mob captain and suspected murderer who was charged in 2010 with running an organized crime ring including heroin trafficking, loan sharking and extortion. A State Police wiretap on Rossetti that gathered evidence used to indict and ultimately convict him also recorded conversations with his FBI handler, showing he was committing crimes while acting as a paid informant.

“It’s very difficult with the use of a Rossetti or a previous person that they wouldn’t know it’s going on and there wasn’t some knowledge of it. And if there isn’t knowledge of it there ought to be, otherwise the FBI is not doing its job,” Grassley said.

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Judge Removed in “Whitey” Bulger Case

Whitey Bulger

 
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Boston federal judge in the James “Whitey” Bulger case has been removed.

CNN reports that the First Circuit Court of Appeals made the ruling after the defense raised concerns that U.S. District Judge Richard Stearns might not be able to be impartial.

Stearns was a federal prosecutor at the time that Bulger was a big-time gangster in Boston.

“Despite our respect for Judge Stearns and our belief in his sincerity, we are nonetheless bound to conclude that it is clear that a reasonable person might question the judge’s ability to preserve impartiality through the course of this prosecution,” the appeals court ruled.

 

 

Former U.S. Attorney: FBI ‘Stonewalled’ Him over ‘Whitey’ Bulger Case in 1990s

 

Whitey Bulger/fbi

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

When then-U.S. Attorney Wayne A. Budd was investigating mobster James “Whitey” Bulger, he said the FBI “stonewalled” him in the 1990s when he asked whether Bulger was an informant, MassLive.com reports.

The assertion came during a confirmation hearing for Attorney Robert Ullmann, who is seeking appointment on a seat on the Massachusetts Supreme Court. 

“I think if you talk to anybody, I was one of the people who was trying to do the right thing,” Ullmann told MassLive. “It is a shocking story. You can say that we all should have realized the depth of the protection and the depth of the wrongdoing sooner than we did.”

Budd said the FBI wouldn’t tell him whether Bulger was an informant.

“We sat with the FBI. I said, ‘Listen, I need to know whether or not this guy is one of your people,’” Budd said. “I was told there was not a need for my office to know. Hence, I was never given that information.”

Mobster Whitey Bulger Befriended Ordinary Neighbor in Big Mistake Before Arrest

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 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

John Bond thought it was odd for the old man to stop by several times a week, sometimes with gifts, to tell him stories.

It didn’t occur to him that the old man was James “Whitey” Bulger, one of the most wanted men in America, Salon wrote in a lengthy narrative of how the mob boss made critical mistakes that led to his arrest.

The friendship lasted through 2011, when federal authorities amped up their search for Bulger. 

When authorities learned of Bulger’s whereabouts, Bond received a knock at the door.