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Tag: Whitey Bulger

More Than 100 Ex-FBI Agents Try to Spring Convicted Ex-Boston Agent John Connolly

John Connolly

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Imprisoned ex-Boston FBI agent John Connolly, who was convicted of helping some mobsters murder a South Florida gambling exec, is getting some support from some former colleagues.

The Associated Press reports that more than  100 ex- FBI agents, including the one whose undercover work inspired the movie “Donnie Brasco,” have filed two petitions with Atty. Gen. Eric Holder Jr. “demanding appointment of a special counsel to investigate the 70-year-old Connolly’s prosecution, raising a grab-bag of claims spanning many years, some of which have been previously rejected by courts and aired in congressional hearings. They include allegations of questionable tactics by prosecutors, evidence that a key witness lied during Connolly’s 2002 federal corruption trial and contentions there was a rigged result in his 2008 Florida murder case.”

Boston Mobster Whitey Bulger remains on the list

“I’ve never seen them go after a gangster like they have John,”  former agent Joseph Pistone of “Donnie Brasco” fame told the AP. “He was dedicated as an FBI agent. He got all kinds of commendations. All of a sudden he goes wrong? That’s kind of hard to believe.”

Authorities alleged that Connolly let Boston mobsters like “Whitey” Bulger, who was an informant, run amuck and commit crimes while he accepted tens of thousands of dollars and other favors from them. Connolly was also accused of passing them sensitive info.

In Miami, Connolly  was convicted of second-degree murder in the 1982 hit of John Callahan, who had mob ties and was president of World Jai-Alai, AP reported. Authorities charged Connolly told mobsters Bulger and Stephen Flemmi that Callahan was going to rat on them, which resulted in the mob hit. Connolly is finishing up a 10-year federal prison term for racketeering and obstruction of justice,  and will soon begin serving a 40-year term for the Florida murder.

AP reported that the Justice Department has declined to  act on the ex-agents’ request, citing Connolly’s ongoing appeals of his Florida murder conviction.

“I feel John was wrongfully convicted,” ex-FBI agent William Reagan told AP. “I don’t think it amounted to a malicious prosecution. I simply think he was screwed over.”

Prosecutors disagree.

“Connolly had his trial. He got convicted. They attacked it with new evidence, and they lost that one, too,”  Michael Von Zamft, an assistant state attorney in Miami, told AP. “The concept that he is this innocent guy is just ridiculous.”

Appeals Court Uphold Murder Conviction of Ex-Bost FBI Agent John Connolly

John Connolly

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Rogue Boston FBI agent John Connolly, who was faulted for getting too close to his mob informants, will remain behind bars.

The Miami Herald reports that the Florida Third District of Appeal on Wednesday upheld his 2008 conviction in the murder of Miami Jai-Alai executive John Callahan in 1982. He  was found in a trunk at the Miami International Airport.

Connolly, 70, was convicted by a Miami-Dade jury of second-degree murder for leaking sensitive information about Callahan to Boston mobsters and FBI informants James “Whitey” Bulger and Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi, the Herald reported. After getting the information, authorities allege that the two then put a hit out on Callahan. Flemmi is behind bars and Bulger remains a fugitive. Connolly was sentenced to  40 years.

“They are going to put me in prison for the rest of my life for a crime I had nothing to do with,” Connolly told the Associated Press in phone interview from prison. “How is this justice? How is this possible? They got what they want.”

“We’re very delighted with the decision,” Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said Wednesday night, according to the Miami Herald. “He was an FBI agent. He had all the power. He had guns. He had information. And he betrayed all that and people died.”

Court of Appeals Takes FBI Off the Hook in Murders Involving Mobster Whitey Bulger

Whitey Bulger

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The U.S. Court of Appeals has taken the FBI off the hook — at least for now in a multi-million dollar lawsuit.

The Boston Globe reported that U.S. Court of Appeals in Boston last week overturned an $8.5 million court award two years ago to the families of two men who were murdered by FBI informant James “Whitey’’ Bulger, a notorious Boston mobster who has been on the lam for years and is on the FBI’s Most Wanted list.  A judge two years ago concluded that the FBI was to blame for the murders for failing to properly handle its informant.

The Court of Appeals on Thursday ruled in favor of the Justice Department, which represented the FBI, saying the statute of limitations elapsed, and therefore, the families had waited too long to file the lawsuits after the murders of Michael Donahue and Edward “Brian’’ Halloran.

“The murders robbed both the Donahue and Halloran families of loved ones, and their losses were exacerbated by years of government evasion,’’ the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit wrote in a 55-page decision granting the government’s motion to dismiss the suits, the Globe reported. “But statutes of limitation are designed to operate mechanically. They aspire to bring a sense of finality to events that occurred in the distant past and to afford defendants the comfort of knowing that stale claims cannot be pursued.’’

Lawyers said they planned to appeal, according to the Globe.

Donahue’s widow, Patricia,  told the Globe she was shocked and disappointed by the ruling.

“We won in court and then the government who is responsible for my husband’s death wins the case,’’  Donahue  told the Globe.  “I am just so disappointed in the system. . . . We were treated like criminals, and we were the victims.’’

The Globe reported that “Michael Donahue, 32, a Dorchester truck driver and innocent bystander, was giving Halloran, 41, a Bulger associate, a ride home from a bar on Boston’s waterfront on May 11, 1982, when Bulger and an unidentified accomplice opened fire on the pair, killing both.”

Steve Flemmi/dateline nbc

U.S. District Court Judge Reginald C. Lindsay found the FBI was negligent in its handling of Bulger and his sidekick Stephen Flemmi. In March 2009, another judge held a trial on damages and awarded $6.4 million to Donahue’s wife and sons and $2 million to Halloran’s widow, the Globe reported.

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U.S. Marshals Service Joins Hunt for Whitey Bulger

Whitey Bulger

Whitey Bulger

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Now after 15 years on the lam, the U.S. Marshals Service has joined the hunt for 81-year-old mobster James “Whitey” Bulger, the Boston Globe reported.

A U.S. deputy Marshal has been assigned full time to the FBI-led Bulger Task Force, which is comprised of State Police, FBI agents, and state Department of Correction officers, the Globe reported.

U.S. Marshal John Gibbons issued a statement Thursday saying his agency “has a long-standing reputation as being expert fugitive investigators, and we look forward to providing the FBI with our assistance in this matter. It is our hope that this joint initiative will ultimately lead to the arrest of Bulger so he can face justice.”

Bulger, an FBI informant who is on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted list, vanished before his January 1995 federal racketeering indictment in Boston, the Globe reported. He later was charged with 19 murders.

Dentistry Was Never So Exciting: FBI Turns to Dentists For Help Capturing Boston Mobster Whitey Bulger

FBI photos in ADA News online

FBI photos in ADA News online

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Suddenly dentistry —  a world of crowns and implants and root canals — has never been so exciting.

The FBI is asking the dental community across the country to help capture James “Whitey Bulger”, a violent Boston mobster, who ranks among the FBI’s Top 10 fugitive alongside notables like Osama bin Laden, according to the ADA (American Dental Association) News.

The trade publication wrote that Bulger’s girlfriend Catherine Greig, 59, who is believed to be on the run with Bulger, is a licensed hygientist, has several porcelain dental implants and, according to the FBI, is extremely vain and has her teeth cleaned every month.

The FBI has placed  information about Bulger and Greig and photos in the ADA News, hoping some dentist remembers her, the publication noted.

“We’re trying to reach as many dentists as possible throughout the nation,” Boston FBI agent Richard Teahan said, according to the publication. “This is a way for developing leads for us in locating both her and Bulger.”

The FBI continues to use creative ways to garner leads.

The agency recently placed a full-time ad in a plastic surgery trade publication with a photo of Greig. It notes that she has had a lot of plastic surgery, and asks if anyone remembers treating her.

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Whitey Bulger

Whitey Bulger

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI’s Top Ten Fugitive James “Whitey” Bulger of Boston may be a cold and calculated killer, but apparently he does like literature.

The Boston Globe reports authorities last week circulated posters of Bulger, 80, and his girlfriend Catherine Greig, 59, at bookstores around the ocean front city of Victoria in British Columbia. He is known to be an avid reader with an interest in history.

“It’s just part of our outreach to locate where Bulger might be,” Gail Marcinkiewicz, a spokeswoman for the FBI in Boston told the Globe.

She told the Globe that the FBI has no specific information about Bulger. “Whitey could probably be anywhere. We’re just trying to reach all logical places.”

The Globe reported that a manager of a Victoria bookstore “said authorities had visited just about every bookstore in the city last week and asked employees to be on the lookout for Bulger.”

“They came in and just gave us a wanted poster and asked us if we recognized him because he’s known to be a book reader,” he said, according to the Globe.

Bulger is accused in 19 murders and has been on the run for more than 15 years. T