Here's an interesting bit of news related to James "Whitey" Bulger (pictured above), one of the FBI's 10 Most Wanted.
Convicted FBI Agent Conolly loses appealCouldn't happen to a nicer guy, as far as I'm concerned. Connolly earned every last day of those prison sentences, and then some. I just wish they could track Bulger down. The thought of him enjoying his twilight years in Europe doesn't exactly give me a warm fuzzy. At the very least, he ought to be sharing a cell with his buddy Connolly.
Disgraced former Boston FBI agent John J. Connolly Jr. has lost an appeal of his conviction in a 1982 Florida murder.
Connolly, 70, had sought to overturn his 2008 second-degree murder conviction for leaking information to longtime FBI informants James "Whitey" Bulger and Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi. That tip prompted the gangsters to orchestrate the slaying of Boston businessman John B. Callahan in Florida.
Florida's Third District Court of Appeal issued an opinion today affirming the conviction in the Miami-Dade County Circuit Court. The unsigned opinion did not explain the court's ruling.
Connolly, who retired from the FBI in 1990, was convicted in 2002 on federal racketeering charges in Boston and sentenced to 10 years. That sentence is to end on June 28, according to the US Bureau of Prisons website. Connolly faces a separate 40-year sentence in the Florida case.
"Justice was done. The evidence was clear that Connolly participated in the murder of Callahan," said Fred Wyshak, an assistant US attorney in Boston who was part of the Florida state's attorney team that prosecuted Connolly.
"Connolly's appeal was not based upon the merits of the conviction, but a technical issue which obviously the appellate court in Florida determined not to be a fundamental violation of his rights and therefore affirmed the conviction," Wyshak said.
Wyshak added that the rejection of Connolly's appeal marks the end of the criminal cases that resulted from Bulger's corrupt relationship with the FBI, unless Bulger, one of the FBI's 10 Most Wanted, is caught and returned to Boston to stand trial on pending racketeering and murder charges.
For more about Whitey Bulger, check out his page on the FBI website. He's also been featured on America's Most Wanted.