I truly think as strange as this may sound that the prosecutors have already won the case. I’d suggest they go back and review what they plan to do, cut it to the core and move on as rapidly as they can to the end so that the jurors will not forget what happened this week. prosecutor could rest and walk away with a big win.
Martin Niemöller (1892-1984) was a prominent Protestant pastor who emerged as an outspoken public foe of Adolf Hitler and spent the last seven years of Nazi rule in concentration camps.
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out–
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out–
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out–
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me–and there was no one left to speak for me.
You see how it all begins, very slowly. Nothing is taken from us quickly it seems it is always taken from the other person. As long as it is the other, we sit back content to let it happen.
I was going through an FBI list looking to see if I could find any information on Arthur Flegenheimer. I didn’t find it under that name. So I went looking under the pseudonym he used. I didn’t find him there. I thought perhaps because he was a big gangster back in 1935 the list wouldn’t include people back in those days.
I checked for Baby Face Nelson who was killed in 1934, he wasn’t there. I found Kate “Ma” Barker who was killed in 1935; Pretty Boy Floyd killed in 1934; John Dillinger also killed in 1934.
You may know of Flegenheimer as Dutch Schultz who was a big time hoodlum and bootlegger out of New York City. I was looking for him because I heard that a criminal jury did for him what one had done for OJ Simpson, who by the way is back in the news.
When those who occupy the offices of the U.S. Attorney in Boston heard that they had prevailed and that Judge Casper supported Judge Stearns’s decision that Whitey Bulger’s lawyers Carney and Brennan (C&B) of the law firm of Carney and Bassil were prohibited from presenting an immunity defense at trial, joy bounced throughout that office. In the otherwise glum atmosphere, a smile or too could be discerned. The feelings of exhilaration did not last too long because these women and men prosecutors are engaged in a serious business so quickly the office was again filled with the fog of important business as badge-bedecked people shuffled in and out of offices speaking in voices hardly above a whisper. Yet a more perceptive person could sense the feet had a lighter step for now there’d be little to stand in way of the Whitey trial.
What do we make of J.W. Carney seeming to be trapped in the middle of a crumbling defense with the walls tumbling down all about him and not getting up from the ground and plunging himself headlong through the one opening that may lead the way beyond the marauding band of federal agents?
As the lead in the Whitey defense team of J.W. Carney and Hank Brennan (C&B) I expected that he’d have seized the opportunity that Judge Casper gave him. He let it slip by, Surely now, there is little hope left and we’ll be left to wonder why at this most critical moment he was silent.
We’ve sort of figured it was an aberration the way things were handled in the U.S Attorney’s office in Boston as compared with the rest of the country. For some reason it appeared this office had become an outlier with its attempt to steal the Caswell Motel from a hard-working guy on frivolous evidence; and with things relating to Whitey’s case and other local cases such as its charging the probation officers with RICO violations for using the US Mail to send letters telling candidates who applied for jobs that another person was hired. Unfortunately, what we thought was a local problem seems to be symptomatic of the way the federal prosecutors are acting nationwide. For me a recent case I read about yesterday would be shocking if I had not been inured to federal prosecutor practices that I’ve seen here and had not known about the Ted Stevens case.
Our country is in trouble. We have a secret police force, the FBI, which refuses to be accountable to the public; an enfeebled Congress that is too scared to take control; and a president who offers comforting words but fears telling the FBI to give us the answers we seek.
It’s time this stops. We should not face a shut door. We’re not to be treated as if our only right is not to know the truth. It is only the truth that will keep us free..
The president and Congress are supposed to govern with the consent of the people. Our lives and safety have been compromised by terrorism. It will happen again if we aren’t told the full circumstances surrounding the Marathon Terrorist Attack on Patriot’s Day. We can no long be given the bum’s rush. This isn’t supposed to be like Russia where the people are kept in the dark and expected to trust the leaders and the KGB.
I see Howie Carr has written another book to make money off the ongoing Whitey saga. It’s called: “Rifleman: The Untold Story of Stevie Flemmi, Whitey Bulger’s Partner.”
Reading the title of his book there’s a big lie right there. Flemmi’s story is not untold. It has been told over and over again in court. What Howie pretends is new is the statement Frankie Salemme gave under immunity on April 10, 2003 to the Committee on Government Reform. If you want to read that you can do it for free here.
Speaking of that, put this in your wallet or purse. Salemme would not testify without immunity. Neither would Martorano or Flemmi or any other gangsters. But Rico who is much maligned by Howie did. He went before the House Committee that was out to get him.
In my book Don’t Embarrass The Family I wrote how during John Martorano’s testimony in Boston “I felt physically uncomfortable hearing” him joke on the witness stand. I also wrote: “I found myself repulsed by this degenerate man talking in such a cavalier manner. . . . It was strange listening to this multi-murderer trying to be a comedian and hearing some laugh at him.” It would get worse at the trial in Florida.
Yesterday I wrote how the federal prosecutor Fred Wyshak suggested former FBI Agent John Connolly’s troubles were occasioned by his loyalty to South Boston. I felt this showed a great lack of depth on his part accepting as true the caricature of people from South Boston. It underscores his inability to separate Billy Bulger from the crimes of his brother. He has no difficulty smearing a whole neighborhood of hard-working loyal Americans with the same brush. I’d like to know what is it about South Boston values that Wyshak finds are so offensive.
The law of unintended consequences discloses prosecutor Wyshak’s animus. His words show his dark side. I watched a Dateline NBC video called “Crossing The Line.” Its intent was to glorify Wyshak by condemning former FBI Agent John Connolly.
It starts off by hinting the Irish have an affinity for booze. It notes that in Boston the Irish went south and the Italians north saying they were “as different as dark beer and dark expresso.” While the narrator is speaking the video shows a beer glass being filled with Guinness followed by a coffee cup of frothy expresso having a little milk added to it.
Right off the bat we see John Connolly. He says, “You have to understand the business I was in. I was in the murder and mayhem business.”