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

Whitey Bulger/fbi

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.


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