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Defense: Mobster “Whitey” Bulger Was Never an FBI Informant

 

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Mobster and suspected serial killer “Whitey” Bulger was never an FBI informant, his attorneys said Wednesday, the Boston Herald reports.

“James Bulger was never an informant for the FBI or anyone else,” attorney J.W. Carney Jr. told reporters outside Boston federal courthouse. “We have never said in the courtroom that he was an informant. We have never filed any pleadings that said he was an informant. He wasn’t an informant.”

Bulger’s attorneys made the shocking declaration after a hearing to decide whether Bulger could claim immunity from prosecution for committing crimes, including murders.

Bulger’s attorneys have claimed he was immune to crimes because the feds gave him a license to commit crimes.

“To the extent there was a contract between Mr. Bulger and Mr. O’Sullivan, as a matter of law, a U.S. Attorney does not have the authority to authorize the killing of American citizens,” assistant U.S. Attorney Zachary Hafer said. “Any contract between Mr. Bulger and Mr. O’Sullivan to the extent it contemplated murder would be void as a matter of law.”

Boston Globe Reporters Publish New Book: “Whitey Bulger: America’s Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt That Brought Him to Justice”

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Boston Globe reporters Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy have penned a new biography on mobster James “Whitey” Bulger , which reveals some interesting tidbits about the one-time fugitive accused of killing 19 people.

The book, “Whitey Bulger: America’s Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt that Brought Him to Justice,” talks about his brooding in his prison cell and how he had been willing to be executed if the feds let his girlfriend Catherine Greig go free.

Ticklethewire.com reported on the content of the book by the Globe reporters on Feb. 11, but mistakenly attributed the content to another new book on Bulger by authors Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill that was cited in the Boston Herald.

 

 

Johnny Depp Will Play “Whitey” Bulger in Film

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Gangster “Whitey” Bulger will only become more legendary with this.

The Wrap, a website that reports on Hollywood, reports that Johnny Depp will star as the Boston mobster accused of 19 murders in the film “Black Mass.”

The film will be directed by “Rain Man” director Barry Levinson, the Wrap reported.

The Jack Nicholson character in “The Departed” was based on Bulger, who is awaiting trial in Boston.

To read more click here.

 

Appeals Court Refuses to Overturn 1984 Marijuana Conviction over Mobster Whitey Bulger’s Information

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A large-scale marijuana dealer who claims FBI agents lied in court to protect longtime informant and mobster James “Whitey” Bulger won’t receive a new trial, the Boston Globe reports.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First District refused Monday to overturn the 1984 conviction of Michael F. Murray, saying the evidence was overwhelming.

“In rejecting this petition, we in no way excuse or condone the FBI’s illicit involvement with Whitey Bulger,” the court wrote, according to the Boston Globe. “But the connection to Murray’s 1984 conviction, for a crime he did commit, is too attenuated to support his petition.”

Bulger tipped off the FBI about the marijuana because he wasn’t getting a cut of the profits, the Globe reported.

Murray, now 61, argued the case should have been tossed because Bulger’s involvement wasn’t properly disclosed.

Judge Delays Whitey Bulger Trial til June 6

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
A federal judge has delayed the trial of Boston mobster Whitey Bulger until June 6, the Boston Herald reports.

Bulger, who had been hospitalized for chest pains, and was released earlier this week, was set to go to trial this week.

“The complexity of the case, the multiplicity of defendants, the uncovering of a corrupt relationship between Bulger and rogue agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as well as a number of related civil cases, have resulted in an accumulation of evidence …” the judge wrote in citing one reason for the delay, the Herald reported.

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‘Whitey’ Bulger Wants Evidence to Show He Had License to Kill from Government

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Lawyers for mobster James “Whitey” Bulger are seeking more evidence to bolster their claim that the accused serial murderer was given a license to kill by the federal government, the Boston Herald reports.

Defense lawyers are asking U.S. District Judge Richard Stearns to order the release of all relevant correspondence between the Department of Justice and the New England Organized Crime Strike Force, the Herald wrote.

“The federal government and the Department of Justice has a long-standing history of providing protection and rewards, even to murderers, if it assists them in other investigations they are interested in,” Attorney J.W. Carney Jr. stated in court papers filed Friday.

Bulger was a useful FBI informant in the government’s investigation of his rivals in the New England Mafia.

Bulger’s trial is scheduled to begin in March, the Herlad reported.

Attorneys for Gangster James “Whitey” Bulger Say Judge Has Conflict of Interest

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Attorneys for the notorious gangster James “Whitey” Bulger said their client received immunity to commit crimes from a late federal prosecutor, the Irish Central reports.

The prosecutor, Jeremiah O’Sullivan, a former U.S. attorney, worked as a federal prosecutor at the same time as U.S. District Court Judge Richard Stearns, who is presiding over the case.

Bulger’s attorney, J.W. Carney Jr., said Stearns should recuse himself because the past working relationship with O’Sullivan constitutes a conflict of interest, the Irish Central reported.

Carney says Stearns was chief of the criminal division during a federal investigation of Bulger. But Stearns declined the request, saying he was not aware of Bulger being the target of an investigation at the time.

Judge: Family of Whitey Bulger Victim Can Continue with Suit Against FBI Agents

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A family of one of James “Whitey” Bulger’s alleged victims can proceed with a federal lawsuit against FBI agents who monitored the mobster-turned-informant, a federal judge ruled Thursday, the Boston Globe reports.

The ruling by U.S. District Judge William Young follows an appeals court ruling that the case is null because the statute of limitations had expired.

The Boston Globe reported that the family of one of Bulger’s victims, Michael Donahue, can continue suing the federal government because the appeals court failed to consider the merits of the case

The family claims the FBI agents who were monitoring Bulger did nothing to stop his reign of terror.