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‘Whitey’ Bulger Henchman: Feds Allowed Mob Boss to Continue Breaking Law

Steve Flemmi/dateline nbc

 
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Corrupt FBI agent John Connolly urged the feds against prosecuting him and James “Whitey” Bulger so they could continue delivering information about rival gangs, a former henchman for the accused mob boss testified Wednesday, The Boston Globe reports.

Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi testified that Connolly helped them avoid indictments at a time when other gangs were being prosecuted.

“Jim Bulger and myself were taken out of the indictment,” Flemmi testified. “That’s what John Connolly told me and that’s what Jim Bulger told me.”

Instead of being charged, Flemmi testified that he and Bulger continued to commit crimes with the FBI’s knowledge, The Globe reported.

‘Whitey’ Bulger’s Alleged Victim Feared He’d Die for Crossing the Mobster

 

Updated Bulger photo/wbur

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Edward “Brian” Halloran had a feeling his life wouldn’t last long if he revealed information about a slaying involving accused mobster James “Whitey” Bulger, The Boston Globe reports.

During testimony Monday in the racketeering and murder case against Bulger, a retired FBI agent said Holloran indicated he was concerned about retaliation from Bulger or his partner Flemmi Stephen ‘‘The Rifleman.”

‘‘He said that if Bulger or (Bulger’s ) Flemmi had any indication that he was cooperating with the FBI that they would go to any extreme, even if it meant killing innocent bystanders, including his family,’’ the agent, Gerald Montanari, testified.

Halloran was cooperating in hopes that it would help him in his impending state murder charges in a separate case, The Globe reported.

Surrogate Son of Accused Mobster ‘Whitey’ Bulger Testifies in Murder, Racketeering Trial

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A man who was considered to be the surrogate son of James “Whitey” Bulger testified Monday against the accused Boston mobster, describing a cold killer who stopped at nothing to protect himself.

“I was with him for 20 years,” Kevin Weeks, who was a critical witness, told the court during Bulger’s murder and racketeering trial, ABC News reports.

Weeks is accused of helping Bulger murder Brian “Balloonhead” Halloran for going to the FBI with information about Bulger, ABC News reported.

Witnesses Raise Questions About Reliability of ‘Whitey’ Bulger Records During Murder Trial

 
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Was reputed mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger a rat?

During tense testimony Tuesday in Bulger’s murder and racketeering trial, his defense attorneys tore into government witnesses who acknowledged Bulger’s files were falsified or inaccurate, the New York Daily News reports.

FBI files suggest Bulger ratted out friends and associates, but defense attorneys said the records can’t be trusted – by the witnesses’ own admission, the Daily News reported. 

Bulger, 83, is fighting 32 counts of racketeering and extortion and 19 murder-related charges.

He’s also fighting for his reputation.

FBI’s Corrupt Dealings with Winter Hill Gang to be Focus of ‘Whitey’ Bulger Trial Today

 

Updated Bulger photo/wbur

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

As the murder and racketeering trial of mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger continues today, a former FBI supervisor is expected to testify that he and another agent traded secrets with the ruthless White Hill Gang, Reuters reports.

John Morris, who led the FBI’s local organized crime squad in Boston in the 1970s and ’80s, helped gang members avoid arrest and threatened so-called rats.

On Friday, the jury heard other testimony of the FBI’s double-dealing.

Morris was granted immunity in 1998 in exchange for his testimony about FBI agents who assisted Bulger during the Winter Hill Gang

Defense Opens Trial Telling Jurors ‘Whitey’ Bulger Was Never an FBI Informant

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 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Former Boston mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger was never an FBI informant, his attorney said during opening statements in a trial that alleges 19 counts of murder, U.S. News & World Report writes.

Defense attorney J.W. Carney said Bulger never worked as an FBI informant against Italian mob rivals.

“Number one, James Bulger is of Irish descent,” Bulger’s defense attorney J.W. Carney said in court. “And the worst thing an Irish person could consider doing is becoming an informant.”

Bulger was arrested in June 2011 after spending 12 years on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted” list.

Judge Rules Whitey Bulger Can’t Use Immunity Defense

Whitey Bulger

John R. Ellement
Boston Globe Staff
BOSTON — US District Court Judge Denise J. Casper dealt a major setback to James “Whitey” Bulger’s defense strategy, ruling that the South Boston mobster cannot claim during his trial that federal law enforcement officials immunized him from prosecution.

“The government’s motion to preclude Bulger from arguing his claim of immunity to the jury as a defense at trial…is allowed,’’ Casper wrote in a 31-page ruling released this morning. “The Court has determined that the issue of immunity is not an issue for the jury.’’

Through his attorneys, Bulger has argued that a now-deceased federal prosecutor, Jeremiah O’Sullivan, allowed him to commit crimes in return for working with federal law enforcement. Bulger’s lawyers have claimed that Bulger was not an FBI informant, an assertion that federal prosecutors have ridiculed as false.

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