May 8, 2011 |
One hundred retired FBI agents, many long past their crime-fighting days, are rallying this spring in an effort to exonerate a disgraced former agent from Boston who ran one of the bureau's most controversial informant operations. They call themselves the Former FBI Agents for Justice for John. Among them are two retired FBI deputy directors and another who became associate attorney general in Washington. Twice-convicted Agent John J. Connolly Jr. discredited the FBI. A son of South Boston, he turned the leaders of the Irish criminal underworld into government informants on their Italian American counterparts, and then was convicted of tipping them off to imminent arrest as well as taking payoffs from them even as they continued to kill people.
August 15, 2003 |
John J. Connolly Jr., the former Boston FBI agent convicted of getting too cozy with his mob informants, lost an appeal in federal court. The U.S. 1st Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Connolly's claims that he shouldn't have been convicted on a racketeering charge and that the judge made a mistake when he sentenced him to just over 10 years. Connolly was convicted in May 2002 of racketeering, obstruction of justice and making false statements.
December 7, 2002 |
University of Massachusetts President William Bulger on Friday refused to tell a congressional panel whether he's been in contact with his fugitive mobster brother or knows his whereabouts. Bulger, a colorful and influential powerbroker, invoked his 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination and refused to answer questions, bringing an abrupt halt to two days of hearings by the committee investigating the FBI's ties to its mob informants.
November 8, 1997
The pace at which professional sports are turning off the fan is quickening. Mike Piazza is a 62nd-round draft pick who made it to the show. America loves an underdog. And we loved Mike. Until now. Agent Dan Lozano "would like Piazza to go into next season with a clear mind, so that he can concentrate on having another great year." A clear mind? Does Mike have marital problems? Don't think so. Does Mike have financial problems? Don't think so. Do Mike's children have problems at school or serious health problems?
May 10, 2002 |
A former FBI supervisor testified Thursday that he took bribes of wine and cash that retired Agent John J. Connolly delivered to him from top-ranking mob informers. John Morris, Connolly's boss when he handled James J. "Whitey" Bulger and Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi, took the stand on the second day of Connolly's trial on charges of racketeering, obstruction of justice and conspiracy.
March 17, 1994 |
Uncertainty abounds in Santa Monica as property owners struggle to rebuild, prompting a range of emotions from hope to despair. Santa Monica property manager Carl Lambert met his bank's engineer the other day at a yellow-tagged apartment building on Euclid Street. As he expected, the news was not good: It would cost as much to repair the building as to build it anew, the engineer said. "The bank's going to get this one back," Lambert said glumly. "A building is going to fall into the vortex.