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.
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July 2, 2003 |
He walked into the Dallas office of the FBI late on a Friday afternoon in 1980. Frank Varelli said he had information about some killings in his native El Salvador. He listed dates and places. He named names. "We contacted the CIA and they verified the killings were committed," recalled Gary Penrith, then acting head of the FBI office. "So this guy looked like he might be giving us reliable information."
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.