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Trial Begins in Case of FBI Agent Accused of Framing Former Cop

courtroomBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A federal trial has begun in the case of an FBI agent accused of framing a man in the kidnapping and robbery of two Kansas City drug dealers.

FBI agent Robert Buchan is accused of framing Gary Engel, a former Willow Springs, Ill. cop, who was sentenced to 90 years in prison but released after 20 years after evidence surfaced that a mobster, Anthony Mammolito, had been paid $500 to be a key witness in the trial, the Chicago Tribune reports. 

Engel ended up hanging himself.

His brother sued.

During opening statements Monday in Chicago federal court, Engel’s attorney, Jon Loevy, said his client was “collateral damage” by FBI agents willing to do anything to put him behind bars.

“Gary Engel’s life was ruined by a completely unconstitutional trial in which he was railroaded,” Loevy said. “Gary went down in their quest for Steve Manning, but Gary is a real person.”

The agent’s attorney said Engel clearly committed the crime.

Justice Department to Review Case of Cops Who Framed Mentally Challenged Teen

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Anthony Caravella, who is mentally challenged, served 26 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit in Florida, and the two Miramar cops who framed him may never see time behind bars, the Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.

The case drew the attention of the Justice Department after a civil lawsuit ended last week in a $7 million payout to the victim, who was a teenager when sent to prison.

“We are aware of the [Caravella] matter and are assessing it,” Dena Iverson, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., wrote in an email to the Sun-Sentinel Friday.

DNA testing eliminated Caravella as a suspect in the rape and murder he was convicted of committing, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

Others are concerned that more innocent people are locked up because of shoddy evidence and lies.

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Appeals Court Upholds Verdict in 4 Men Framed by FBI in 1965 Mob Murder

It’s hard to put a price on a wrongful conviction and a wrongful jailing.

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By Jonathan Saltzman
Boston Globe Staff
BOSTON—  A federal appeals court upheld yesterday a landmark verdict for four men framed by the FBI in a gangland slaying, although the appellate judges said the $101.7 million damage judgment awarded by a lower court was “at the outer edge of the universe of permissible awards.”

The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit said the 2007 damage judgment to the families of Peter J. Limone, Joseph Salvati, Louis Greco, and Henry Tameleo, believed to be the largest of its kind nationally, was considerably higher than any of the three appellate judges would have ordered.

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A Man Once Framed by FBI For Murder is Charged With Illegal Gambling

A man who served more than 30 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit now faces illegal gambling charges. Any way you put it, here’s a man with an unlucky hand.

By DENISE LAVOIE
Associated Press Writer
WOBURN, Mass.— A man once framed by the FBI for murder pleaded not guilty Friday to new charges that he ran an organized crime ring that took in hundreds of thousands of dollars from illegal gambling.
Peter Limone, 74, of Medford, was charged with 12 counts of attempted extortion, loan-sharking and illegal gaming. He’s accused of running a ring of bookmakers who took bets on sporting events and charging other bookmakers to work on his turf in the Boston area and Middlesex County.
Limone spent more than three decades in prison for a 1965 gangland murder that he didn’t commit. He won part of a $101.7 million civil judgment last year after a federal judge found that Boston FBI agents withheld evidence they knew could prove that he and three other men weren’t involved in the killing.
Attorney Juliane Balliro argued Limone should be released on bail, citing his wrongful conviction and decades behind bars.
“No defendant in the Commonwealth is as deserving of the presumption of innocence as Mr. Limone,” Balliro said.
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