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The French, the Americans, August and I:

french flagIt may be fair to say that without the French help we would not have won the Revolutionary War. If that is that case we owe France a lot. N’est-ce pas ?

What is true is that our relationship with the French has never run smoothly. Take for instance what happened during WWI. Our military leader General John Joseph “Black Jack” Pershing is rumored to have said “Lafayette we are here!” suggesting it was time for us to pay the French back for our freedom.

One thing we did not count on when we brought with us some of our black soldier is that they would be treated as equals by French military and its people. That upset a lot of our military brass who tried to explain to the French that the blacks were not equal in America. The result was many black soldiers returned to America believing they should be treated in the same way as the whites. Some even, if you can imagine it, thought they should have the rights to social equality. J. Edgar Hoover did everything in his power to make sure those thoughts did not last too long.

Boston’s Major Marty Walsh Has A Big Week

(1) savin HillIt has been a big week for Major Martin Walsh soon to depart from my home town of Savin Hill. Trying to figure out exactly why he intends to move from a mainly blue color neighborhood filled with three-deckers that was a short trip down Dorchester Avenue to downtown to the more uppity neighborhood of Lower Mills was not difficult. Everything became clear when I read the part of the article telling of his move that said: ““Everybody loves the mayor,” said Russell Hutchinson, a 76-year-old who moved to the street less than a year ago and feels a connection to Walsh, even though he has never spoken to him.”

 If you know Russie Hutchinson you’d know Tuttle Street was not big enough to hold both men. One had to leave. It wasn’t going to be Russie.

Good luck to the major on his move. Now that he has convinced his Lorrie Higgins to leave Savin Hill with him perhaps he can get her to take down the Walls of Jericho that kept Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert separated and follow their example.

Understanding the John Connolly case: Part II, the Death Sentence

Woman cryingJudges can often be highly willful and evil twisting laws and upending laws rather than following them in order to reach a result. It is difficult not to feel that way reading the decision upholding Connolly’s conviction. It is clear that the judges had no intent on interpreting the law and applying it fairly but held an animus toward Connolly. The decision is so wrong and against the clear intent of the statute that it is hard to believe that there was not some malicious other reason causing it. How does one not imagine the evil hand of the Department of Justice coming into play? Did the ever vengeful DOJ aided by the present misguided and cowardly leaders in the FBI work their sorcerous tricks to bring about this great miscarriage of justice?

I’ve shown in part 1 how the decision makes no sense and turns the law on its head. You may think my thought process is biased in favor of Connolly. But I remind you, I have never been a fan of his. I only believe he should never have been tried and convicted in Florida. My initial animus toward him ebbed as I recognized he only did what the FBI expected him to do. He was put in the position of handling Top Echelon informants. He handled over ten. Whitey Bulger and Stevie Flemmi were two of them. The FBI told him that his job was to protect them so that they could stay on the street and provide the FBI with information. That is what he did.

Understanding the John Connolly Case: Part 1

Should We Say This Of John Connolly?

John Connolly was convicted of second degree murder. For the sake of the appeal all, even Connolly’s lawyers, conceded that was a proper conviction.

The issue then is whether another statute relating to the use of gun during the commission of a crime applies to Connolly’s situation. If it does not, then Connolly cannot be convicted of second degree murder because the statute of limitations for that crime would have long passed. If it does, then he can be convicted because the utilization of the gun turns the crime into a life sentence and the statute of limitations does not apply.

(A little side issue is that if Connolly’s lawyer had filed the right motion after he was found guilty within ten days then the trial judge would have ruled the statute of limitations had passed and he must be acquitted. He filed it 30 days after.  It was too late. The trial judge lost jurisdiction. Connolly lost his freedom.)

I’m Back: No Need To Round Up The Usual Suspects: First Thoughts on Connolly Decision

(`) Joe BltzJ. Edgar, Freddy, Whitey, Tommy Football and others had nothing to do with the blog being down. I am told it was something that affected many blogs on the World Press site which handles this blog.

Thanks to those who notified me of this situation. I was also told that the John Connolly appeal was denied and the poor bastard won’t be seeing daylight anytime soon, if ever. I will have more to say about that tomorrow after I finish reading the decision.

As you have heard me preach that the law is what the judges say it is; what it was  before doesn’t matter. I told yesterday how Whitey’s appeal had no chance because it was Whitey who was appealing. The same applies for Connolly — over and over again the judges tell us what a bad guy he is with the lesson being we will bend over backwards to see that he never gets out. If you want to read the decision click here.

It is 144 pages long. When you have decisions on simple matters that require 144 pages you know you are going to be showered with lots of legal bull. The issue is simple, the judges try to make it complicated.

The Watch that Peeped:

Whitey’s Appeal Hearing: Climbing an Insurmountable Mountain

(`) Joe BltzI sat in the first row left aisle seat. Next to me sat J.W. Carney, Esquire, Whitey’s lead lawyer, who regaled me with stories about lawyers we both knew from the past. The courtroom was full. The Boston media gathered in its own little group exchanging notes. The regulars roamed around looking to the media types for another day in the sun. The three judges who heard the appeal were: O. Rogeriee Thompson, William J. Kayatta, Jr.  and David J. Barron.

Don’t ever think that Hank Brennan the lawyer for Whitey didn’t give this his best shot. He gave what was once referred to “as the old college try.” If it were a game of five-card stud when the fourth up card was dealt to Hank it was clear his best hand would be one pair; his opponent, the government, had two aces showing even before it received the fourth card. To put it another way, he had no chance of winning to start with nor did his oral argument, which was as good as could be made given the hand he held, seem to do much to sway the judges.

Whitey and the FBI: Questions From Jerome: Part IV

Let's See What Side I Want To Use

Jerome’s first question related to his inability to find anything that happened as a result of the information Whitey gave to the FBI. He wanted to see some record of arrest of bookies, loan sharks, drug dealers, arms dealers, bank robbers or of any criminals attributed to Whitey.

I asked him to find out the identity of three people along with “Little Al.” I suggested that would help him figure things out. The three men I referred to were African-American informants that were used under J. Edgar Hoover to infiltrate the black newspaper publishers. “Little Al” was a bug that was put into a Mafia meeting place in Chicago.

Jerome in one of his most recent post did not mention whether he had done what I asked and analyzed it in relation to his question. He did however point to a comment by Kerry with approval. Kerry suggests Whitey was not an informant, he did nothing for the FBI, and received protection under false pretenses.