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Notorious Mobster ‘Whitey’ Bulger Appeals Convictions Less Than Week After Prison Sentence

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Attorneys for notorious mobster James “Whitey” Bulger plan to appeal his murder and racketeering conviction less than a week after he was sentenced to two life terms in prison, Reuters reports.

The brief filing in U.S. District Court in Boston does not list specific objections.

But Reuters suggests Bulger’s attorneys may be arguing they were wrongly denied the right to argue that Bulger was granted immunity by the FBI.

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.

Matt Connolly: ‘Whitey’ Bulger Sentencing Has Turned into Charade

Whitey Bulger/fbi

By Matt Connolly 
Patriot Ledger

This week we see the commencement of the Great Charade which will receive as much coverage in the local media as the Red Sox Parade.

If some had their innermost wishes fulfilled, Whitey Bulger would be fettered to a stake on the back of a duck boat and driven through the streets of Boston. Then the great mass of the citizenry could shout out vile epithets at him and children under twelve allowed to throw small stones at him. Instead of this Lady Godiva-like tour, the event will be held in a courtroom and limited to a handful of people. As for the small stones, the ever mindful courthouse security will search all pocketbooks, backpacks and pockets to ensure no one sneaks any in.

Having attended all of Whitey’s trial, I will be sure to miss this tawdry display hearkening back to the Colonial Days of stocks and scarlet letters. But don’t get me wrong, I’ve not a handful of sand’s worth of sympathy for Whitey. It’s the extraordinary absurdity of the event and its effect on the judicial system that bothers me.

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‘Whitey’ Bulger Has ‘No Redeeming Qualities,’ Prosecutors Say Before Sentencing

Whitey Bulger/fbi

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Notorious mobster James “Whitey” Bulger has “no redeeming qualities” and should die in prison, prosecutors wrote in a sentencing memorandum Thursday, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Bulger is awaiting sentencing next week after being convicted of racketeering and murder charges.

“Bulger is one of the most violent and despicable criminals in Boston history,” prosecutors wrote. “Having now been convicted of 31 felonies … Bulger richly deserves to spend the rest of his life in jail.”

Prosecutors also are seeking restitution for the families of 19 murder victims, the LA Times wrote.

 

Ex-Arizona Congressman Rick Renzi Gets 3 Years in Prison

Rep. Rick Renzi

 
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Ex-Congressman Rick Renzi of Arizona was sentenced Monday in Tucson to three years in prison for extortion, bribery, insurance fraud, money laundering and racketeering.

His co-defendant, James Sandlin, was sentenced Monday to 18 months in prison for his role.

Renzi, 55, of Burke, Va., and Sandlin, 62, of Sherman, Texx. were convicted in June. Renzi was found guilty of 17 felony counts and Sandlin of 13.

“Mr. Renzi abused the power – and the corresponding trust – that comes with being a member of Congress by putting his own financial interests over the interests of the citizens he had sworn to serve,” Acting Assistant Attorney General  Mythili Raman said in a statement. “He fleeced his own insurance company to fund his run for Congress, and then exploited his position for personal gain. Mr. Renzi’s conviction and today’s sentence demonstrate the Justice Department’s commitment to fighting corruption at the highest levels of government.”

A Justice Department press release stated:

According to evidence at trial, Renzi, then a member of Congress from Arizona’s 1st Congressional District, promised in 2005 to use his legislative influence to profit from a federal land exchange that involved property owned by Sandlin, a real-estate investor.

At the time, Sandlin owed Renzi $700,000 in future payments from their business dealings, and Renzi threatened proponents of the land exchange that he would not support it unless they purchased Sandlin’s property in Cochise County, Ariz. When they refused, Renzi promised a second proponent of a land exchange that he would support the exchange if they purchased Sandlin’s property. According to an agreement reached in May 2005, Sandlin was paid $1 million in earnest money, out of which he paid $200,000 to Renzi. Just before Sandlin received the $1.6 million balance owed on the exchange, he paid an additional $533,000 to Renzi.

Evidence at trial further showed that from 2001 to 2003, Renzi engaged in insurance fraud by diverting his clients’ insurance premiums to fund his first campaign for Congress, and he subsequently sent false letters to his insurance customers and provided false statements to various state regulators who were investigating his activities.

 

 

 

Former Detroit Mayor Gets 28 Years in Prison for Racketeering Scheme

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced to 28 years in prison for running a complex racketeering scheme out of city hall.

The sentence is one of the stiffest ever leveled against a corrupt politician.

U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds said she wanted to send a clear message that corruption would not be tolerated.

Kilpatrick extorted bribes from contractors and steered at least $127 million in contracts to his friend and business partner, Bobby Ferguson, who is to be sentenced today.

Kilpatrick said he “really messed up” and was “extremely remorseful.”

So Many ‘Whitey’ Bulger Books! Even He’s Writing One

Updated Bulger photo/wbur

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Long before James “Whitey” Bulger was captured in California in 2011, the notorious mobster was the subject of more than a dozen books.

Now that he’s been convicted and headed to prison for life, many more books are in the works – “books by relatives of his victims, books by his crime compatriots, books by cops and prosecutors,” LA Weekly reports.

One of those authors is none other than Bulger, who had written more than 100 pages of his memoir when he was arrested in his Santa Monica apartment, LA Weekly wrote.

Of all the books written about this “amazing crime story,” the LA Weekly recommended “Whitey Bulger: America’s Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt That Brought Him to Justice,” by Boston Globe writers Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy.

The book “is the product of a combined 50 years of covering Bulger. But more than densely detailed reporting, it also brings amazing human-interest insight made possible by the authors’ geographic proximity: Cullen lived in South Boston for most of Bulger’s reign; Murphy graduated from South Boston High School.”

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Families Want Piece of Fortune Made by Convicted Mobster ‘Whitey’ Bulger

Whitey Bulger

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Convicted mobster James “Whitey” Bulger made a lot of money during his murderous rampage in the 1980s.

A family of a woman murdered filed a petition in court Monday seeking to find out exactly how much he and his cohorts made and what other properties they have as a result of their crime spree, the Associated Press reports.

John and Robert Davis want the assets divided up among the victims’ families.

They claim the government has never done a “full and complete disclosure” of the Bulger’s seized assets, the AP wrote.

Prosecutors have said they want the judge to order Bulger to forfeit $25 million to divide among his victims.

Bulger is awaiting sentencing.