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Archive for November 14th, 2013

Breaking: Whitey Bulger Gets 2 Life Sentences, And then Some

 
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

James “Whitey” Bulger, the murderous Boston mobster who has been the subject of public fascination and fodder for movies and books, was sentenced Thursday to two life sentences, plus five years, according to a report in the Chicago Tribune. He was also ordered to  pay $19,510,276 in restitution to the families.

The harsh sentence, handed down in U.S. District Court in Boston, hardly came as a surprise. But it appeared to be a final e xclamation mark in what was a legendary career of crime.

In August, following a two month trial, Bulger, 84,  was convicted of 31 of 32 counts including extortion and drug dealing in addition to murder. He was found guilty of 11 of 19 murders prosecutors say he committed.

 

Relatives of ‘Whitey’ Bulger Victims Spoke Out Before He Is Sentencing Today

Whitey Bulger

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The relatives of James “Whitey” Bulger’s victims spoke out Wednesday during a pre-sentencing hearing for the notorious mobster, the Boston Globe reports.

But no matter what the relatives said, Bulger stood impassively with his back to them.

“You won’t even turn around and look at us?” said Patrick Callahan, shaking his head in disgust after speaking of his father, John B. Callahan, who was shot to death in Florida in 1982 on orders from Bulger. “Coward.”

The Globe wrote that Bulger declined to speak out on his own behalf.

“Mr. Bulger has made clear to us that his position is the same today as it was when he gave a colloquy to Your Honor at the time of his trial, that he believes the trial was a sham,” defense attorney Hank Brennan told the judge.

Columnist Recalls Terrifying Days He Was in Whitey Bulger’s Crosshairs

Howie Carr 
Boston Herald

Whitey Bulger, you wanted to kill me, but I’m still alive.

And you’re dead. You’re not going to last long in a real prison, you bully, you coward.

I heard you’ve told some of the guards down at Plymouth you would have killed me for sure but you were concerned about blowback on your brother, who by the way didn’t show up one single day at your trial.

First you were going to blow me up with plastic explosives you got from one of your crooked FBI agents. Then you sent out Kevin Weeks with a rifle.

Your edge was always that you had the cops, and you had the pols, and the rest of us didn’t. It was a machine, as Joe Murray used to say. He couldn’t go up against the machine and neither could I.

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Secret Service Agents Under Investigation for Alleged Misconduct

 
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It started with a bullet inside a woman’s hotel room.

Ignacio Zamora Jr., a senior supervisor who oversees a dozen agents in the president’s detail, tried to force his way into the hotel room and retrieve the bullet, the Washington Post reports.

After launching that investigation, authorities also discovered that Zamora and another supervisor, Timothy Barraclough, sent sexually suggestive e-mails to a female subordinate, the Post reported.

The Secret Service declined to comment on the case.

“We have always maintained that the Secret Service has a professional and dedicated workforce,” Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan said in a statement, referring to the Hay-Adams incident. “Periodically we have isolated incidents of misconduct, just like every organization does.”

Mexican National Alleges He Was Raped While in Custody of ICE

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Mexican national said he was raped by cellmates in a Montana jail while he was waiting to be deported, the Great Falls Tribune reports.

“I want people to know what happened to me, and I want the people responsible to be punished,” Audemio Orozco-Ramirez, 40, told the Tribune through an interpreter. “I don’t want anyone else to ever have to go through what I went through.”

Orozco-Ramirez also wants his rapists to be identified and tested for STDs.

The Tribune wrote that two of Orozco-Ramirez’s cell mates were listed on the state’s sexual and violent offender database.

Oregon’s Top FBI Official Is Retiring, Accepting Job with Nike

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

From the FBI to shoes?

Oregon’s top FBI official, Special Agent in Charge Gregory A. Fowler, is leaving the helm after two years, the Oregonian reports.

“I am retiring at the end of this month to take a position in the private sector,” said Special Agent in Charge Gregory A. Fowler in a prepared statement to The Oregonian.

Fowler told his staff he was taking a job with Nike as director of investigations.

“I have been privileged to lead the men and women of the FBI’s Portland Field Office, and will always be proud of their unyielding dedication to keeping Oregon and the country safe,” Fowler said in his statement.

Fowler was named special agent in charge of the Portland Division in the summer of 2011.