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Former FBI Agent Pleads Guilty to Perjury After Lying During ‘Whitey’ Bulger Testimony

Whitey Bulger

Whitey Bulger

By Steve Neavling

A former FBI agent who repeatedly lied during his testimony at the trial of James “Whitey” Bulger pleaded guilty Monday to six counts each of perjury and obstruction of justice.

Robert Fitzpatrick, 76, was the assistant special agent in the charge of the FBI’s Boston division during Bulger’s violent reign and was the first to testify on behalf of Bulger’s attorneys.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Zachary Hafer lied during testimony “in order to enhance his own credibility” and to bolster Bulger’s defense, ABC News reports. 

The judge said Fitzpatrick lied about his role in Bulger’s work as a criminal informant for the FBI. He also lied about recovering the gun used to assassinate Martin Luther King Jr.

Under a plea agreement, Fitzpatrick would receive two years of probation. Sentencing is set for Aug. 5.

Ex-FBI Agent to Plead Guilt to Perjury Following ‘Whitey’ Bulger Testimony

"Whitey" Bulger

“Whitey” Bulger

By Steve Neavling

A former FBI agent plans to plead guilty to perjury charges as early as Monday after prosecutors said he lied during the James “Whitey” Bulger case in Boston.

The Associated Press reports that Robert Fitzpatrick is accused of lying to jurors when defense attorneys called him as the first witness in the high-profile trial.

Prosecutors accused Fitzpatrick, 76, of falsely claiming to recover the rifle used to assassinate Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968 and exaggerating claims that he tried to get supervisors to stop using Bulger as an informant because he wasn’t helpful.

Charges Against U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm Put Spotlight on His 11-Year FBI Career

Rep. Michael Grimm

Steve Neavling

U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm, who was indicted on fraud and other charges this week, served as an FBI agent for 11 years, spending about half of that time investigating financial corruption, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Grimm’s congressional biography states that he worked in the New York FBI office from 1995 to 2006.

About five of those years were spent “deep undercover” with the bureau’s Financial Fraud Squad.

Grimm helped lead an investigation that netted charges against nearly four dozen traders in a currency trading scheme.

Grimm also investigated organized-crime fires and corrupt public officials.

Now the FBI said it will review his handling of the cases following the charges filed against him, including perjury.

“That’s something we definitely will look at. No doubt about it,” George Venizelos, assistant-director-in-charge of the FBI’s New York office, said.

FBI Stands ‘Firmly Behind’ Agent Accused of Committing Perjury in Criminal Case

Steve Neavling

The FBI is standing behind an agent who is accused of committing perjury.

The Arizona Daily Star reports that the FBI stands “firmly behind” Agent Brian Grehoski, who is accused of lying during testimony in a hearing on campaign finance allegations.

FBI spokesman Manuel Johnson said he’s unaware of any internal investigations of Grehoski.

Even Yavapai County prosecutors who are handling the case are defending Grehoski.

Special Agent in Charge of Milwaukee FBI Assigned to Building Division in D.C.

Teresa Carlson/fbi photo

Steve Neavling 

Head of the FBI’s Milwaukee office, Teresa Carlson, is temporarily working at the Facilities and Logistics Services Division at headquarters in Washington D.C. while authorities investigate claims that she pressured a subordinate to commit perjury, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Still, Carlson remains the special agent in charge of the Milwaukee office, according to FBI spokesman Leonard Peace.

Carlson is accused of pressuring a subordinate to “come down on the side of the government” in a trial by a former Army Ranger who said the FBI discriminated against him because he had lost one of his hands in a training mission.

The Office of Inspector General is investigating Carlson.

It’s Game Time for Barry Bonds; Fed Trial in San Francisco Begins

By Allan Lengel

It’s game time for the baseball legend Barry Bonds.

Jury selection begins Monday in federal court in San Francisco for the home run slugger who is charged with perjury and obstruction of justice for allegedly lying when he said he didn’t take steroids.

Bonds, 46, is not likely to face prison time even if convicted, according to the web site California Watch. The site reported that two defendants convicted of lying about steroids were sentenced to home confinement by Bond’s current judge, Susan Illston.

Ex-Baseball Commissioner Fay Vincent says an acquittal would greatly enhance Bond’s chances of making it into the Hall of Fame, according to California Watch.  A conviction would set him back in his bid at least 30 years, Vincent said.

S.F. U.S. Attorney’s Office Gets Bad News in Barry Bonds Case

Barry Bonds/facebook
Barry Bonds/facebook

By Allan Lengel

Home run slugger Barry Bonds just keeps knocking them out of the park in the legal arena.

On Friday, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco upheld a federal judge’s ruling that bars three steroid tests from being introduced into his perjury case, a ruling that will weaken the federal government’s case, the San Franciso Chronicle reported. And it could potentially spell the end to the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Francisco.

Bonds, 45, had told a federal grand jury in 2003 he had never knowingly taken performance enhancing drugs. He was indicted in 2008 for perjury and obstruction of justice.

The court, in a 2-1 ruling,  barred the evidence because Bond’s trainer Greg Anderson, who had arranged the tests, refused to testify against Bonds, resulting in no valid evidence that Bond was the source of samples for the tests,  the San Francisco Chronicle wrote.

The prosecution had delayed the case pending the ruling on the evidence.

Dennis Riordan, a lawyer for Bonds, told the Chronicle that the delay in trial was a concession by the prosecution that it “could not proceed against Mr. Bonds in a jury trial without the evidence that’s now been excluded.”

“We hope that this puts the entire prosecution to rest,” Riordan said.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office does have other evidence in the case, the Chronicle reported. It said the office declined comment on the ruling.

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A.G. Holder Won’t Prosecute Ex-Bush Official on Perjury Allegations

It sounded like perjury. But Holder has spoken.

By Evan Perez
Wall Street Journal
Bradley Schlozman

Bradley Schlozman

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder says he won’t overturn prosecutors’ decision declining to prosecute a former Bush administration Justice official investigated for possible perjury during the investigation of the 2006 U.S. attorney firings.

Bradley Schlozman, a former lawyer in the Justice civil rights division, once testified at a 2007 congressional hearing that he had boasted to colleagues about how many Republicans he had managed to hire at the department.

He was investigated over comments he made at the hearing that he later retracted, claiming that he had been directed by superiors to bring vote-fraud charges against voter-registration workers with the left-leaning group, ACORN.

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