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What happened in New England over a forty year period is, without doubt, one of the greatest failures in federal law enforcement history. It began with the development of Jimmy and Stephen Flemmi as federal criminal informants, and with the prosecution of six individuals for the murder of Edward “Teddy” Deegan. Evidence obtained by the Committee leads to the conclusion that the death penalty was sought against innocent men regardless of compelling evidence of an injustice. In all probability, this happened because informants were being protected and some members of the FBI adopted an "ends justifies the means" approach to law enforcement.
Former U.S. Attorney Jeremiah O’Sullivan testified that there were fundamental problems between federal prosecutors and FBI investigators. O’Sullivan stated, for example, “[I]f you go against [the FBI], they will try to get you. They will wage war on you. They will cause major administrative problems for me as a prosecutor.”
In excess of two billion dollars in civil lawsuits were filed as the direct result of federal law enforcement decisions to use Jimmy Flemmi, Stephen Flemmi, and James Bulger as criminal informants. From the outset, the Department of Justice has used litigation tactics to defeat these lawsuits that, at best, can be characterized as contrary to respect for the rule of law.
BOSTON - One of the FBI's former top organized-crime investigators was arrested Wednesday on charges of conspiring to arrange payoffs from two notorious gangsters while protecting them from arrest and helping them extort real estate from a young South Boston couple.
In a lengthy racketeering indictment, retired FBI Special Agent John Connolly in effect was charged with going to work for James "Whitey" Bulger and Steven "The Rifleman" Flemmi - two informants he was supposed to be handling for the FBI's Boston division.
MIAMI, Florida (CNN) -- An ex-FBI agent serving 10 years for tipping off a reputed crime boss was indicted on charges of first-degree murder and conspiracy Wednesday, CNN has learned.
The charges against former FBI agent John Connolly stem from the killing on August 1, 1982, of accountant John Callahan, who was said to be linked to the Irish underworld's James "Whitey" Bulger and his Winter Hill gang in Boston, Massachusetts.