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Archive for September 18th, 2009

Mass Judge Orders Boston Mobsters to Pay $33.5 Million to Family of 1981 Murder Victim

Whitey Bulger

Whitey Bulger

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A Massachusetts judge has ordered two infamous Boston mobsters — James “Whitey” Bulger and Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi — to each pay $15 million to the family of  26-year-old Debra Davis after finding the duo  liable  for her 1981 murder, according to press reports.

Norfolk Superior  Judge Patrick Brady also ordered, as part of the lawsuit, that  Flemmi  pay another $3 million for molesting the woman’s younger sister, and another $500,000 for intentionally inflicting emotional distress on the woman’s mother, the Boston Globe reported. The sister and mother have both died.

It all may sound good, but the judgment in the lawsuit may end up being symbolic.  In other words, collecting the money may be next to impossible. Bulger has been on the lam for years, and Flemmi is serving a life sentence in prison for 10 murders.

Of the two mobsters, Bulger, 80, is more likely to have the cash. But no one can find him. He remains on the the FBI’s Top 10 Most Wanted fugitive list.

Steve Flemmi

Steve Flemmi

The Davis lawyer told the Boston Globe that it was unclear whether the two mobsters had the assets to pay up.

Fed Judge Won’t Dismiss Murder Charges in Mobster Gotti Trial Set to Begin Monday

Let the high drama begin. Trial starts Monday for mobster John Gotti Jr., who by all accounts, was not nearly as sharp as his old man. The judge ruled against him on dropping some charges, but is going to let a statement be read in court saying that Gotti was involved in three other trials that resulted in mistrials.

John Gotti Jr./youtube

John Gotti Jr./youtube

By ANTHONY M. DESTEFANO
Newsday

John A. Gotti, son of the late mob boss, lost out Thursday on an attempt to get two murder charges dismissed from his upcoming federal trial slated to begin on Monday.

Manhattan federal Judge Kevin Castel denied a motion by Gotti to get two drug-related murder charges, as well as a drug conspiracy charge, cut out of the racketeering trial indictment.

Gotti, of Oyster Bay Cove, had argued through his attorneys that the two drug-related charges contained allegations of crimes that took place in Queens, and thus couldn’t be tried in Manhattan federal court. The slayings involved the deaths of George Grosso and Bruce Gotterup in Queens.

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Thieves Break into FBI Agent’s Indianapolis Car and Steal Weapons

gunBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Here’s one burglary that will probably get a little more attention from law enforcement than most.

The Indianapolis police reported that thieves broke into an FBI agent’s car on the city’s northwest side Thursday morning and stole a submachine gun, a semiautomatic rifle, .45-caliber semiautomatic handgun and two sets of body armor, according to the Associated Press. AP initially reported that burglars broke into the agent’s home.

The news agency reported that the agent, a member of the SWATT team, had stored the weapons in a chained lockbox.

The AP reported the agents home was among a number of  homes, garages and vehicles that were broken into.