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Mississippi · (@Wilabee) ~ United States (WCJB) (Published: October 9, 2017) -- Bodycam video shows a Mississippi police officer threatening to shoot a driver during a traffic stop last month. Mayor Robert Smith issued a memo to the police chief indicating the officer was a threat to public safety. The officer has since been placed on administrated leave pending an investigation.
Huntington Beach, CA -- (PUBLISHED: Sept. 29, 2017 at 04:01 pm pdt | UPDATED: October 3, 2017 at 01:48 pm pdt) -- The 38-second video, which appears to have been shot from inside a car outside a 7-Eleven, surfaced over the weekend and was posted to Twitter. The video shows a young man with long, dark hair moving quickly toward an officer who has a weapon drawn and pointed at the young man’s chest.
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St. Louis, MO {PUBLISHED: Sept. 15, 2017 at 02:50 pm | UPDATED: Sept. 20, 2017 at 03:54 pm} -- The acquittal of white police officer Jason Stockley left many charging St. Louis Circuit Judge Timothy Wilson with bias. Stockley killed a black man named Anthony Lamar Smith. Judge Timothy Wilson presided over a bench trial for killing. Critics are pointing to a key sentence from Wilson's ruling. “The Court observes, based on its nearly 30 years on the bench, that an urban heroin dealer not in possession of a firearm would be an anomaly.” Judge Wilson wrote this referring to a gun found in Smith’s car. The gun had Stockley's, not Smith's, DNA on it. Dashcam video that showed Stockley return to his squad car after shooting Smith has fueled a widespread theory that he planted the gun.


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New York, NY {PUBLISHED: March 6, 2017 at 12:50 pm | UPDATED: August 24, 2017 at 01:53 am} -- The New York health department alerted doctors to the case of a newborn who fell ill after undergoing the ultra-Orthodox Jewish practice in which the circumcision wound is cleaned by the Rabbi's mouth. The baby boy was rushed to hospital when he developed herpes following the controversial ancient circumcision ritual. A rash is said to have spread across the child’s genitals, buttocks, inner thighs and ankle two weeks after the procedure. An estimated 3,000 babies are circumcised each year using the method in New York City. NYC is home to the largest Jewish population outside Israel. There have been six cases of herpes among children who have had the ritual known as metzitzah b’peh performed on them since February 2015. Of the six previously undisclosed cases, two occurred last year and three in 2015. Herpes, a highly contagious viral disease which can cause blisters and ulcers. Herpes is more severe in newborn babies as their immune systems are not fully developed. Since 2000, there have been 24 cases of infant herpes linked to circumcision, leading to two deaths and two cases of brain damage.


(Published: Thurs., April 13, 2017) — On Monday, Nandi Cain Jr. had just gotten off work and was headed to his Sacramento apartment when he noticed an officer approaching from behind him with his hand on his gun, according to police accounts, videos of the event and local news reports. Cain put his hands up as the officer approached, but continued to walk away slowly. He asked the police officer the reason for the stop, then protested when he heard it: “You were jaywalking,” the officer said on the dash-cam video released by the police department this week. “I looked both ways,” Cain replied. “You’re harassing me. I just got off work. You’re trying to pull me over for nothing.” Click here for video


EL CENTRO, CA (WCJB) ~ United States The El Centro Police Department said it's investigating a video that shows officers using force on a suspect who put several people in danger Tuesday afternoon. The video shows officers beating 23-year-old Elizardo Saenz, an El Centro resident. It also shows a K-9 police dog attacking Saenz. (Click here for video)


Oakland, CA (WCJB) ~ United States -- A sex scandal involving Oakland police officers and a then underage girl has all the makings of a TV thriller. The saga is full of twists and turns. The scandal erupted months after Officer Brendan O'Brien committed suicide. O'Brien left a note spilling the details, including names. Three Oakland officers were placed on paid leave. A source said O'Brien in his suicide note confessed to exchanging messages with a young woman who goes by the name Celeste Guap. However, the note says he did not have sexual contact with her. The same sources said she has met multiple officers. In the note, O'Brien named the officers, including one sergeant, involved in the alleged sexual misconduct with Guap. Guap is the daughter of a Oakland police dispatcher. The police investigation will look at whether Guap was under age during some of the encounters with officers. (Click here for video)


New Orleans, LA (WCJB) ~ United States -- On September 4, 2005, New Orleans police received a call from an officer at Danziger Bridge reporting gunfire. Several NOPD officers—including Sgt. Kenneth Bowen, Sgt. Robert Gisevius, Officer Anthony Villavaso, and Officer Robert Faulcon—arrived at the scene in a Budget rental truck. They proceeded to open fire with assault rifles and a shotgun on an unarmed family, the Bartholomews, who had been walking to a grocery store and were then sheltering behind a concrete barrier. 17-year-old James Brissette—a family friend—was killed, and four other people were wounded. The police shooters stated that while approaching the bridge, they had been fired on by civilians, and were forced to return fire. Homicide detective Arthur "Archie" Kaufman was made the lead investigator on the case. He was later found guilty of conspiring with the defendants to conceal evidence in order to make the shootings appear justified, including fabricating information for his official reports on the case. NOPD lieutenant Michael Lohman also encouraged the officers to "provide false stories about what had precipitated the shooting" and plant a firearm near the scene. (Click here for video)


Aiken, S.C. (WCJB) ~ United States -- A horrifying new dashcam video shows at least one white member of the Aiken, S.C. Police Department search inside a black man’s rectum for the apparent crime of being a passenger in a car with paper tags, which, it bears noting, is not a crime in the state of South Carolina. Driving a car with paper tags isn’t illegal either, as long as they aren’t expired. The car belonged to a woman named Lakeya Hicks, who had the paper tags because she had recently purchased the vehicle. Hicks’ tags weren’t expired, and a check on her license came up clean. However, the cops didn’t let her go. (Click here for video)


Brooklyn, NY (WCJB) ~ United States -- When an unmarked police car drove very close to mailman Glenn Grays in Brooklyn, Grays shouted at the car. Four plainclothes officers got out of the car and started to handcuff him. Grays initially tried to resist, and one of the officers said “Stop resisting! You’re going to get hurt if you don’t give me your fucking hands.” (Click here for video)


Fresno, CA (WCJB) ~ United States -- (Warning Graphic Video) Fresno Police shoot and kill mentally ill man within seconds of exiting their patrol vehicle! (Click here for video)


Royal Oaks, MI (WCJB) ~ United States -- Another case of police brutality in the city of Royal Oak. The man doesn't resist at all! The reason for his arrest remains unknown. It appears as if the officers wanted to rip a limb off of him! (Click here for video)


San Francisco, CA (WCJB) ~ United States (Feb. 29, 2016) -- Cops CAUGHT ON CAMERA brutally beating man. When they realize they've been FILMED they try to confiscate the camera and ID the guy recording them. WATCH the video and see how well that went for them. SPREAD THE WORD! THIS IS HOW YOU RESPOND when a VIOLENT COP tries to take your camera! CALL Internal Affairs Division, 415-837-7170 and ask them why their officers BEAT people and then ILLEGALLY try to confiscate evidence of Police Brutality? (Click here for video)
Chowchilla, CA ~ United States -- Tyler Hormel, arrested by Madera County Sheriff''s Office on Monday (Feb. 8, 2016) and accused of sexual misconduct with a minor, has been fired from the Chowchilla Police Force, and charged with sexual misconduct. (Click here for video)
Marion County, Florida ~ United States -- A federal grand jury in Tampa has indicted a former Florida sheriff’s deputy on charges of violating the civil rights of an unarmed Black man, who was brutally beaten after surrendering to him and other officers following a brief chase last year, reports Reuters. Former Marion County sheriff’s deputy Jesse Terrell, 33, is accused of using excessive force against Derrick Price during the incident in August 2014 that was captured on video, according to the indictment handed down late Tuesday. Four of Terrell’s former colleagues pleaded guilty to the charge after accepting a deal, according to media sources. (Click here for video)
Wake County, North Carolina ~ United States -- Shon Demetrius McClain died from blunt force trauma to the head and neck 13 days after prosecutors say he got into a fight with officer Markeith Council in Wake County, North Carolina.(Click here for video)
New York ~ United States -- Opening statements and testimony began this week in the long-awaited trial of New York City police officer Peter Liang for the killing of Akai Gurley, an unarmed 28-year-old African-American man walking down the stairs in his apartment building, part of the Louis H. Pink housing projects in the East New York section of Brooklyn. Jury selection in the case was completed last week. Gurley died more than 14 months ago, on November 20, 2014, as two cops were making a “vertical patrol,” checking the stairwells in the high-rise building. As Brooklyn Assistant District Attorney Marc Fliedner put it, opening the prosecution’s case, “Akai Gurley is dead today because he crossed paths with Peter Liang.” Liang was indicted by a Brooklyn grand jury on manslaughter and other charges last February, and both prosecution and defense agree on the immediate events that led to Gurley’s death.(Click here for video)
Oklahoma City, OK ~ United States -- Daniel Holtzclaw has officially been sentenced for the rape and sexual assault of 13 Black women in Oklahoma. Will serve the rest of his life behind bars. He was sentenced to 263 years in prison. Holtzclaw, 29, was convicted in December of 2015, on 18 of the 36 counts he had been facing — including four counts of first-degree rape. (Click here for video)

United States -- Police officers physically outmatched by a combative male, resort to taser use. (Click here for video)

Chicago, IL -- Surveillance video (Click here for video) in connection with a Chicago police officer's fatally shooting 17-year-old Cedrick Chatman was released today by attorneys for the teen's family. A federal judge ordered the release of footage showing the 2013 shooting today after the city withdrew its objection to its being made public. Chicago police officer Kevin Fry fatally shot Chatman Jan. 7, 2013, in broad daylight during a foot chase, according to court records. Chatman’s family had fought for the video to be released as part of a wrongful death lawsuit they filed over the shooting against the city, Fry and Chicago police officer Lou Toth, who pursued Chatman along with Fry during the foot chase. Family members have argued the video will counter the city and police’s narrative that the 17-year-old was a danger to police. IPRA concluded the officers' actions were justified because they reasonably believed Chatman was armed at the time.

Brooklyn, NY -- A newly-released surveillance video (Click here for video) contradicts an undercover NYPD police officer who arrested four people in Brooklyn for allegedly trying to rob him on Dec. 26, 2015, according to a defense lawyer. Jean Scott, 33; Peterson Duplan, 28; Ricardi Joseph, 29; and Samantha Dabel, 24, said that they were approached by a man who tried to buy drugs from them at a hardware store. The undercover cop was identified as Winston McDonald, who testified in court that Duplan allegedly flashed a switchblade at him outside of the store, and said, "Give me your money or I will stab you," according to court papers.

Forth Worth, TX -- The mother of ‘affluenza’ teen Ethan Couch was ordered released from a Tarrant County jail cell after a bond hearing this afternoon. She may be leaving the jail soon. Judge Wayne Salvant ordered her bond reduced to $75,000 with several conditions. The conditions include weekly visits with the Community Supervisions and Corrections Department of Tarrant County. She is also not to consume alcoholic beverages or use social media. “Let’s look at it for what it is, I understand everyone is concerned and there is outrage in the community… but as a judge I have to look at the law,” said Judge Salvant. Couch and her lawyers were present at a 2 p.m. bond hearing at the Tarrant County Justice Center hoping to have her bond reduced. It was originally set at $1 million since she was charged with Hindering Apprehension of a Felon. (Click here for video)

Salt Lake City, Utah -- Exactly one year after a man was shot and killed during an altercation with a Salt Lake City Police Department officer, a former Davis County Sheriff says new video (Click here for video)footage indicates the officer's actions may not have been justified. James Barker, 42, was shot and killed January 8, 2015 after officer Matthew Taylor responded to a 911 call about a suspicious person and an altercation ensued, during which Barker appeared to strike the officer with a snow shovel.

Philadelphia, PA ~ USA -- Corrupt Justice™ has obtained a video (Click here for video) of the police shooting that took place Thursday night at 60th and Spruce streets. Edward Archer, a 30-year-old Delaware County man who has allegedly claimed an allegiance to ISIS, shot and wounded Officer Jesse Hartnett at 11:41 p.m. last night, city police said. Stunningly, Hartnett can be seen in the video getting out of his patrol car and chasing down the shooter after being ambushed. Officials say Hartnett is in critical but stable condition.

Miami, FL ~ USA -- A Florida jury began weighing on Tuesday whether a man who killed his wife and posted a photo of her blood-spattered, lifeless body on Facebook committed first-degree murder. Attorneys for Derek Medina, 33, argued that he was acting in self-defense when he fired eight shots at Jennifer Alfonso, 27, in the kitchen of their Miami-area residence. The August 2013 shooting followed a fight in which she had threatened to leave, prosecutors said during closing statements. They argued that Medina retrieved a .380-caliber pistol from his bedroom and pulled the trigger repeatedly in a premeditated act of murder. "Every single shot hit her because he was aiming and he wanted her dead," said Assistant State Attorney Leah Klein in Miami-Dade County circuit court. Medina wrote on Facebook shortly before turning himself in: "I'm going to prison or death sentence for killing my wife. My wife was punching me, and I am not going to stand any more with the abuse so I did what I did," he added in the post. (Click here for video)

Montgomery County, Pa. -- Bill Cosby, the comedian and entertainer once known as “America’s dad”, appeared in court (Click here for video) to face his first criminal charge for sexual misconduct on Wednesday, for an incident in which he allegedly drugged and violated a woman who considered him to be her mentor. In a hearing lasting less than 10 minutes, Judge Elizabeth McHugh read out the three second-degree felony charges of aggravated indecent assault. He did not appear visibly moved; when asked if he understood the charges, he replied simply: “Yes.” Bail was set at $1m, of which Cosby will have to pay 10% on Wednesday. Cosby faces up to 10 years in prison for each charge.

San Diego, CA -- (WARNING, GRAPHIC) Police officials released surveillance video (Click here for video) Tuesday showing the fatal shooting of a homeless man who was believed to be carrying a knife — which turned out to be a pen.

Los Angeles, CA -- Sheriff Deputies accused Noel Aguilar of having a gun after they shot him in the back at point blank range multiple times. Deputy Albert Murade was shot in the stomach during the melee by his partner Deputy Jose Ruiz. (Click here for video)

GIFFORD, Fla. -- An Indian River County Sheriff’s deputy is in the hospital with a gunshot wound after he was involved in a shootout with an armed suspect.(Click here for video)

Denton, TX ~ USA -- Police dash camera video (Click here for video) appears to show a 21-year-old UNT student say "shoot me" several times and an officer say "back away" at least six times just seconds before the student was fatally wounded.

Lynwood, CA ~ USA -- A witness's graphic video (Click here for video) appears to show Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies fatally shooting a man near a gas station in Lynwood. It was unclear what led to the incident, in which more than two dozen shots seemed to be fired. No deputies were injured. In accordance with protocol, a multi-agency investigation was underway.

Oklahoma City OK ~ USA -- A former Oklahoma City police officer was convicted Thursday of 18 of the 36 counts he faced, including four counts of first-degree rape, related to accusations that he victimized 13 women on his police beat in a minority, low-income neighborhood. Daniel Holtzclaw, 29, sobbed (Click here for video) as the verdict was read aloud. He could spend the rest of his life in prison based on the jury's recommendations, which include a 30-year sentence on each of the first-degree rape counts. Among the other charges he was convicted of were forcible oral sodomy, sexual battery and second-degree rape. The jury, which deliberated for about 45 hours over four days, recommended he serve a total of 263 years in prison. The judge will decide later whether he will have to serve the sentences consecutively.

Chicago, Ill. ~ USA -- The Chicago police, facing almost daily protests and a newly announced Justice Department investigation, released footage (Click here for video) Monday night showing a 38-year-old black man being shocked by a Taser and dragged down a hallway by officers in 2012.

Chicago, Ill. ~ USA -- The family of Ronald "Ronnieman" Johnson has ALWAYS said that he was brutally shot from behind by the Chicago Police. This new video (Click here for video) which was only released because of the public pressure on the city, shows they were right all along.

Chicago, Ill. ~ USA -- Reports, released by the city late Friday, show that Officer Jason Van Dyke and at least five other officers claim that the 17-year-old McDonald moved or turned threateningly toward officers, even though the video (Click here for video) of the October 2014 shooting shows McDonald walking away, and the scenario sketched out by Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez in charging Van Dyke with murder contends he was walking away as well.

Miami, Fla. ~ USA -- A shocking video (Click here for video) captured by a bystander was recently uploaded to Instagram and sent to us this morning. That footage shows a Miami, Florida man being shot and killed by Miami Beach Police officers.

San Francisco, CA ~ USA -- Shocking San Francisco Police Shooting Video (Click here for video). Five officers unleash a hail of gunfire on a man with a knife.

Michigan ~ USA -- The family of an unarmed teenager fatally shot by an Eaton County Sheriff Deputy sues after son slain during traffic stop for flashing brights. Bodycam video (Click here for video) shows Deven Guilford stopped for flashing his high beams. It ends with a dizzying tumble of images and the sound of gunshots that killed the young driver.

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Posted: Oct. 9, 2013 - Updated: Oct. 9, 2013 - 9:38 pm PDT

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New York City -- Wojciech Braszczok (pictured above, center-inset-right) an off-duty undercover New York City cop, was officially charged today for alleged his role in the assault of an SUV driver. The undercover narcotics police detective was part of a group motorcycle riders that assaulted SUV driver Alexian Lien. Braszczok initially told his superiors days after the incident that he saw the attack but did not stop it for fear of blowing his cover, police said. But video captured at the scene revealed that he actually participated by smashing the back window of Lien's Range Rover, law enforcement sources said. He is a 10-year veteran of the NYPD, according to a law enforcement source. He is an undercover detective who spent much of his police career in narcotics but recently transferred to another division, the source said. Internal Affairs had been reviewing Braszczok's former narcotics cases as charges against him were being contemplated, the source added.

Braszczok, 32, was charged with gang assault, assault and criminal mischief in connection with the attack on Lien on Sept. 29. Those charges include felonies -- upgraded from the initial misdemeanor charges of riot and criminal mischief announced by authorities when he was arrested Tuesday. During his appearance in Manhattan's criminal court, Braszczok wore army fatigues and a black hooded sweatshirt. He stood motionless as the charges were read. Braszczok is being held on $100,000 cash bail or $150,000 bond. Braszczok's attorney called the gang assault charge an "absolute overcharge" and said there's no evidence the detective knew the other bikers. The riders are a loosely knit group that arranges rides via the Internet, his attorney said. Braszczok's attorney said his client is accused of breaking "what was already broken." There was a "gaping softball [sized] hole" in the window that the detective is accused of breaking, the attorney said during the court appearance.


While Braszczok is not accused of directly assaulting Lien, prosecutors said he terrorized the driver's family. He was captured on video kicking the passenger-side rear door multiple times where, prosecutors pointed out, Lien's 2-year-old daughter was in the back seat. Braszczok is the latest in a string of arrests connected to the incident. Five other motorcyclists have been charged, and police say they are continuing to search for suspects. "In the last few days, serious charges have been brought against several defendants in last Sunday's attack," Erin Duggan, a spokeswoman for Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, said Tuesday. "As we said from the beginning of the investigation, the NYPD and the district attorney's office are methodically scrutinizing the evidence to build the strongest possible cases in our continuing effort to hold accountable those responsible." Police released photos of additional suspects to the public on Tuesday.

Investigators believe that while Braszczok was one of three cops on the ride in the general area of the attack, he was the closest to the beating and the only one to have a clear view of what was happening, a law enforcement source said. They believe another detective was further away from the attack and a third, an officer, was "in the way back" of the motorcycle pack, the source said. The other two officers' conduct was being probed, but investigators said they were not expected to face criminal charges, the source added.

The melee began around 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 29, when Lien, who was driving on the highway with his wife and 2-year-old daughter on an outing to celebrate the couple's wedding anniversary, tapped the back of a motorcycle that cut in front of him and slowed down, police said. The rest of the bikers then closed in on him, prompting Lien to speed off, hitting three bikers as he accelerated away from the group, according to the NYPD. The group chased Lien and then pulled him from his car and beat him, cops said. Clint Caldwell, 32, was also expected to be arraigned today for his role in allegedly helping to pull Lien out of the SUV and beat him.

Much of the chase was caught on a helmet camera video that was then uploaded to the Internet. Police said they have used the video and images taken at the scene to identify suspects. Detectives have also obtained additional footage and photographs from others that have helped them piece together what went on, sources said.

A grand jury is already hearing evidence in the assault cases that have been filed, and Lien is expected to make a video statement for prosecutors for the grand jury, authorities said.

Shots Fired!

Posted: October 5, 2013 - Updated: October 6, 2013 - 4:48 pm PDT

Portland, Oregon -- Oregon State Police released shocking footage of a deadly shootout that took place between a state trooper and an Army veteran. The video, which was released Thursday, starts with Trooper Matt Zistel, 26, stopping a Cadillac speeding down I-84. The driver, 34-year-old John Van Allen, is seen getting out of the car. But when Zistel asks him to get back inside his vehicle, Van Allen pulls out a gun and starts shooting. After shots were exchanged, Van Allen got back into his car and drove off. While Zistel was shot in the side, it turns out he also struck the shooter as well.


Allen was found dead inside his car just half a mile away from the scene, police said in a news release. An autopsy revealed he died from a single gunshot wound to the chest. Zistel was treated for a minor gunshot wound. The Army veteran's three children -- a 10-year-old girl and two boys, ages 13 and 15 -- were in the back seat of the car when the gunfire erupted, police said. While they were unharmed, they have been placed in state custody.

The incident, which occurred Aug. 29, was investigated and in September Sherman County District Attorney Wade McLeod determined that Zistel was justified in firing at Allen, media sources reported. While the incident transpired Aug. 29, officials did not release the video until the investigation was completed.

Unlucky Beatdown!

Posted: Sep 30, 2013 - Updated: October 6, 2013 - 12:26 pm PDT

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ — Security cameras captured a disturbing video of a group of Atlantic City police officers assaulting a man, beating him mercilessly with blunt weapons, and finally siccing an attack dog on his neck and head as he lay helplessly face-down in the street. The shocking abuse seems to be done with the approval of the police chief, who watched the video and saw no reason to discipline his officers.

After a verbal encounter with police, David Castellani crossed the street and walked away from the officers. He was obviously upset at the interaction. Several times as he walked away, he turned around as if to react to an ongoing conversation being shouted between the officers and himself. He can be seen responding to the officers, raising his hands excitedly. He paused briefly to shout down the street but continuing to walk the other direction, widening the distance between himself and the officers.

After a heated verbal exchange that lasted roughly a minute, the surveillance video shows four officers running into the frame and assaulting Castellani. His hands were clearly visible and held down at his sides. There was no threat posed at all. "They bum-rushed the kid," his father later described.


The officers quickly spun him around and forced him to the ground. The encounter was brutal from the start. As Castellani defended himself from the gang attack, one officer quickly pulled out an extendable baton and began beating him in the back. Castellani, now face down on the street, was attempting to cover his head while receiving blows from all sides. The assailants pummeled Castellani with their fists, kicked him, and struck him with their knees. One officer knelt on his head.

Castellani curled into the fetal position, desperately trying to shield himself from attacks, as a fifth officer entered the melee. Officers yanked his legs to the extended position just so one of them could beat on the backs of his calves with his club.

A marked police SUV flew into the scene, pulling halfway onto the sidewalk. Castellani remained face down on the ground, one hand is in a cuff, the other visibly extended out in submission, fingers spread, posing no threat. A sixth officer — a K9 unit — jumped out of his SUV with an attack dog and immediately sicced the dog on the helpless man. The beast clamped down on Castellani head and neck, using such force that it actually dragged him several feet across the pavement — by his neck. The German Shepherd thrashed its head while clamped down on its prey, to the delight of its handler, whom joined into the fray by punching Castellani in the head.

Seven Glocks, One Down!

Posted October 4, 2013 - 2:42 pm - Updated: October 4, 2013 - 3:34 pm PDT

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. - The seven Hillsborough County deputies and Tampa police officers involved in the shooting death of a rape suspect on September 6 were justified in their use of deadly force, according to the State Attorney's Office.

Investigators say Christopher Bates went on a violent crime spree in the USF area. He was shot and killed after crashing during a high speed chase.


He allegedly raped four women and held a large group of people hostage at gunpoint. Bates was 24-years old and had just finished a court ordered drug treatment program after an arrest earlier this year for marijuana possession.

He was also arrested in 2009 for domestic violence, but the charge was dropped. He was arrested seven months ago for carrying a concealed weapon, but that charge was also dropped because the gun was in the trunk of his car, which prosecutors said did not meet the definition of "concealed weapon".

Bates' stepfather, Garfield Williams, said Bates was recently depressed and had attempted suicide before. He believes he ran from police in order to commit "suicide by cop".

"I don't think they had to shoot as many times as they did," Williams said.

Bates' stepfather says he doesn't know what to believe about the allegations his stepson raped four women.

"If he did it, he did it to lead up to what happened," Williams said.

The medical examiner released a 17 page autopsy report that ruled the cause of death to be a gunshot wound to the head.

Bates was wounded more than 20 times, the report states.

The autopsy also showed Bates had methylone in his system. Methylone is an illegal street drug that is used to make bath salts.

Risperidone was also found in Bates's system. Risperidone is listed as an atypical antipsychotic drug which is mainly used to treat schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, the mixed and manic states associated with bipolar disorder and irritability in people with autism.

Sallisaw Again!

Posted October 4, 2013 - 2:42pm Updated October 4, 2013 - 6:05pm PDT

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Sallisaw, Ark. -- A Sallisaw police officer turned himself in Friday to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation on suspicion of furnishing alcohol to a minor after he was placed on unpaid administrative leave pending an investigation.

Lt. John Marcus Weber, 29 (pictured above, center) was booked into the Sequoyah County Detention Center on suspicion of two counts of felony furnishing alcohol to a minor and one count of misdemeanor furnishing alcohol to a minor, according to a news release from OSBI spokeswoman Jessica Brown.

The felony counts refer to “providing hard liquor or high-point beer,” and the misdemeanor offense refers to “providing 3.2 beer,” the release states.

On Sept. 25, the Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint, and Sheriff Ron Lockhart requested that OSBI open an investigation into an allegation of official misconduct involving Weber.

On Sept. 27, Weber was placed on unpaid administrative leave pending the investigation, Sallisaw Police Chief Shaloa Edwards said.

An OSBI agent spent several days collecting information and discovered multiple teenage victims, according to the release.

A warrant for Weber’s arrest was filed Thursday and signed Friday. Weber’s bail was set at $10,000 for which he made bond, the release states.

Weber is an eight-year veteran of the Sallisaw Police Department. He also is the president of the local Fraternal Order of Police, Edwards said.

Posted: 09/27/2013 01:38:09 AM - Updated: 09/30/2013 11:11:09 AM PDT

Sallisaw, Oklahoma -- A Sallisaw patrol officer was placed on unpaid administrative leave Friday per departmental policy violation.

Lt. John Weber, an eight-year veteran of the Sallisaw Police Department, was suspended without pay pending an investigation by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Office, Sallisaw Police Chief Shaloa Edwards said.

Sequoyah County Sheriff Ron Lockhart said his department handled the case’s initial reports, but the OSBI has taken lead in the investigation.

“We had a complaint filed Wednesday on a Sallisaw officer,” Lockhart said. “With the relationship that we have in working with them, I thought it best to hand the investigation over to the OSBI.”

OSBI spokeswoman Jessica Brown said she could not elaborate on the details of the case because the investigation is ongoing.

“Today, OSBI opened an investigation at the request of the sheriff in Sequoyah County into allegations of official misconduct by a member of the Sallisaw Police Department,” Brown said.

Brown said no arrests have been made in the case.

Father Brennan Again!

Published: 9:59 AM EDT, Fri September 27, 2013 - Updated: 3:28 AM PDT, Thurs. October 3, 2013

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Philadelphia, PA -- A Philadelphia priest, Father Robert Brennan (pictured above, center) now 75, has been arrested on charges that include raping an altar boy. Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams said that Brennan once escaped prosecution during the clergy abuse scandal that rocked the city's archdiocese due to the statute of limitations. In a grand jury presentation in 2005, the Philadelphia District Attorney's office revealed allegations against Father Brennan that included more than 20 alleged child sex abuse victims, according to Williams. All of the cases were beyond the statute of limitations, and Brennan was never charged in that case, Williams said at a press conference Thursday.

In this new case, Brennan is charged with rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, and aggravated indecent assault in connection with alleged incidents that took place between 1998 and 2001 when the victim was 11 to 14 years old, according to Williams. The allegations include digital penetration and oral sex. He was arrested on September 25 in Maryland, according to a statement released by Williams' office. "A serial abuser is now behind bars thanks to the brave actions of this young man," Williams said.

The archdiocese stripped Brennan of most of his duties in September 2005, though he remained a priest. The diocese said in a statement that Brennan's laicization is in progress with the Holy See, but did not provide a date when that process began or when Brennan would be formally defrocked. The diocese says it has "cooperated fully" with the current investigation.

The 2005 investigation led to the June 2012 child endangerment conviction of Monsignor William Lynn, the vicar of clergy for the diocese. The conviction marked the first time a U.S. church leader has been convicted of such a crime. Williams said that Lynn would've faced additional charges in connection with this case but that he avoided prosecution by three months due to the statute of limitations.

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Williams said that the young man was prompted to report the new alleged abuse regarding Brennan in the wake of Lynn's conviction. According to a statement released by Williams' office, the victim reported the abuse to the diocese in January 2013 and it was immediately brought to the attention of authorities. "It takes tremendous courage for any sexual assault victim to come forward and report the horrors he or she endured," the district attorney said. Williams commended the diocese for promptly reporting these most recent allegations.

Altered-Rod!

Published: Monday, September 30, 2013, 9:57 AM - Updated: Monday, September 30, 2013, 10:20 PM PDT

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New York -- Alex Rodriguez (pictured above, center) arrived at 245 Park Ave. for the first day of the rest of his baseball life at 9:27 Monday morning, climbing out of a black SUV in a sharp blue suit, and accompanied by his high-profile New York lawyer, Joe Tacopina.

Rodriguez, who says he will attend every day of the arbitration in which he will challenge the unprecedented 211-game suspension handed down by commissioner Bud Selig for violating the game's collectively bargained drug agreement, joined another of his attorneys, David Cornwell, for the hearing before a three-person panel that includes MLB vice president Rob Manfred, MLB Players Association general counsel David Prouty and arbitrator Fredric Horowitz.

Looking shaken and nervous, Rodriguez stepped through the media throng to shake hands with a group of supporters carrying Dominican flags and carrying signs that read, "Bosch, Liar!" and "Leave A-Rod Alone!"

Rodriguez is accused of procuring and using drugs furnished by Anthony Bosch, the owner of the now-defunct Miami anti-aging clinic Biogenesis at the heart of baseball's biggest drug scandal.

The media throng started lining up early along Park Avenue Monday morning, with four television vans parked back to back in front of MLB's offices. Rodriguez's day of reckoning began under azure skies, with the embattled Yankee third baseman set to begin his appeal.

All in the Family!

Posted: 09/28/2013 01:38:09 AM PDT - Updated: 09/30/2013 11:11:09 AM PDT

OROVILLE, CA — Gloria Gonzalez, a former city employee, was arrested for embezzling money from the city of Gridley's employee health savings reimbursement account and cashing city checks not issued to her. Defendant Gloria Gonzalez, who headed the effort, pleaded guilty on July 24 to felony counts of embezzlement, cashing a check with non-sufficient funds, filing a false tax return and receiving a fraudulent tax refund. Gonzalez also admitted the allegation she took more than $200,000. Three of her family members were given probation for their roles in embezzling the more than $438,000 from the city of Gridley. Judge Tamara Mosbarger sentenced two of Gonzalez's daughters, Bianca and Miranda, as well as Bianca Gonzalez's husband, Jose Ramirez Jr.

Gonzalez's children were involved because money was deposited into accounts they held jointly with their mother. Gonzalez also wrote city checks to Ramirez and others that were deposited into Bianca Gonzalez's and Ramirez's bank account. Bianca Gonzalez and Ramirez both pleaded no contest to felony counts of grand theft, cashing a check with non-sufficient funds and filing a fraudulent tax return. They also admitted the special allegation that their total amount was over $100,000. Miranda Gonzalez pleaded no contest to cashing a check with non-sufficient funds, although her attorney told the court she wasn't involved in what happened, but pleaded due to the risk of taking the case to trial. He said Gloria Gonzalez signed checks without her daughter's knowledge. Deputy district attorney Robert Thomas III responded that Gloria Gonzalez deposited a check into the account and Miranda Gonzalez spent it.

Mosbarger placed Miranda Gonzalez on three years informal court probation and ordered her to repay $10,692.51. The judge noted that the defendant only had a prior traffic ticket. The judge also advised the defendant to seek full-time employment beyond her part-time work with In-Home Supportive Services. For Bianca Gonzalez and Ramirez, the judge placed them on three years formal probation and ordered them to pay $118,000 in restitution. Deeming Bianca Gonzalez to be more culpable than Ramirez, she ordered Bianca Gonzalez to serve 110 additional days in jail and Ramirez to serve 90. The judge staggered their report dates for employment and guardianship issues. Handing down her sentence, Mosbarger said Bianca and Gloria Gonzalez took advantage of the city of Gridley and taxpayers locally and across the state. She said there was no reason to take the money other than pure, selfish greed. Although Ramirez's attorney argued there was no evidence Ramirez took or deposited money from Gridley, the judge noted he admitted he knew what was going on and turned a blind eye.

Defendant Gloria Gonzalez wasn't sentenced Friday in Butte County Superior Court. Her Defense attorney requested a continuance because they wanted time to respond to the Probation Department report received Tuesday. The defendant could be sentenced to up to seven years in state prison. Judge Tamara Mosbarger agreed and reset Gonzalez's sentencing to Oct. 25.

Lawn Mowed!

Posted: 7:02 PM EDT, Wed September 18, 2013 - Updated: 11:02 PM PDT, Thurs. September 19, 2013

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DeLand, Fla. -- In a graphic video moments before his death, Marlon Brown (pictured above, center) was sprinting through a vegetable garden in a residential area. DeLand police cars with sirens blaring were not far behind. As Brown neared a fence that enclosed a backyard, he was cornered. Brown, 38, tripped then threw his hands in the air and turned to face police a moment before he was struck by the cruiser on May 8. That video was enough to convince DeLand Police Chief William Ridgway that rookie Officer James Harris should be fired immediately. As shown in a video released by Brown's family on Wednesday (09/18/13) two police cars driven by other officers stopped. But Harris, third in line in the chase, kept going. "On May 31st I was shown the video of the incident," Ridgway said in an email statement. "I terminated the probationary employment status of Officer Harris on that same day."


The city of DeLand reached a $550,000 settlement with the Browns but did not admit to any wrongdoing in the deadly chase that began with a traffic stop for a suspected seat belt violation. "We feel very betrayed by our criminal justice system," said Brown's ex-wife, Krystal Brown at a news conference Wednesday. Last week, a grand jury found that Harris should not face criminal charges. She spoke to media along with her attorney, Benjamin Crump, who also represented the family of Trayvon Martin, who was shot and killed by George Zimmerman in Sanford in 2012.

"This video is important," Krystal Brown said. "It's the truth." Now, they want an independent investigation and review of the evidence. The Brown family hopes, despite the grand jury denial, that vehicular manslaughter charges will be filed against Harris.

Sex, Money & the Navy!

Posted: 7:02 PM EDT, Wed September 18, 2013 - Updated: 9:02 PM PDT, Wed September 18, 2013

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Washington, D.C. -- The three men -- U.S. Navy commander Michael Vannak Khem Misiewicz (pictured above, center); Naval Criminal Investigative Service Supervisory Special Agent John Bertrand Beliveau II and Singapore-based defense contractor Leonard Glenn Francis, the CEO of Singapore-based Glenn Defense Marine Asia Ltd., -- face federal charges in two bribery schemes involving hundreds of millions of dollars in Navy contracts with payoffs that included prostitutes and luxury travel. The three men are charged with conspiring to commit bribery and could face up to five years in prison if convicted. All three were arrested earlier this week. Beliveau was arrested in Virginia and Misiewicz in Colorado, where he was serving with the U.S. Northern Command at Peterson Air Force Base. Both men are expected to be sent to San Diego to face the charges against them. Francis is being held without bond in San Diego, where he was arrested.

According to the U.S. attorney's office in San Diego, Misiewicz, 46, used a position as deputy operations officer of the U.S. Seventh Fleet to help schedule visits of U.S. Navy ships to ports where Francis' company provided contract services. The contracts — one of which was worth up to $125 million — involve providing services for ships and submarines in port, such as providing tugboats, security and transportation, paying customs fees, supplying food, fuel and water, and removing trash. Documents filed in San Diego federal court contend that in 2011, Misiewicz provided Francis with confidential ship movements and helped arrange to have some 7th Fleet ships moved to certain Asian ports that were considered more lucrative and where the company faced less scrutiny for potential fraud. In one case, according to an affidavit filed by a federal investigator, Misiewicz worked to have the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln sent to the port in Laem Chabang, Thailand, where during a 2012 visit the Navy was overbilled $500,000 for port services.

"In return, Francis provided Misiewicz with paid travel, luxury hotel stays and prostitution services," the U.S. attorney's office said. The information Misiewicz passed on to Francis, a citizen of Malaysia who lives in Singapore, was "confidential," meaning its disclosure could cause serious harm to U.S. national security, the U.S. attorney's office said. It detailed Navy ship movements months in advance, according to the U.S. attorney.

A separate complaint alleges Beliveau, 44, provided Francis with information about an NCIS fraud investigation into his company's dealings with the Navy. "In exchange, Francis provided Beliveau with, among other things, paid travel, luxury hotel stays and prostitution services," the U.S. attorney's office said. The complaint, which was filed in the Southern District of California, states that Beliveau made arrangements to travel to Bangkok, Thailand, through the same travel agent Francis used. No evidence was found that Beliveau paid for his hotel or travel, or that he reimbursed Francis for the trip. Francis also arranged for a female escort to entertain Beliveau while there, according to the complaint.

In e-mail correspondence between the two as detailed in the complaint, Francis attached a picture of the escort saying: "Joyce your kinda Babe?" Beliveau responded: "Nice. You bet. Hopefuly I'm her kinda guy, hehe." Francis allegedly paid for three days of the escort's time, including her airfare, according to the complaint. In all, the complaint alleges that Beliveau received the three-day trip to Thailand, escort included; a laptop for a female acquaintance; and went on a three-week, five-country trip through Asia. In return, Beliveau allegedly saved 125 NCIS investigative reports to his government computer. The affidavit states the reports were in connection with the NCIS investigation into Glenn Defense Marine Asia -- Francis' company.

According to the complaint, after many of the downloads the CD burner was activated, but it's unclear what, if anything, was burned. The affidavit alleges that Beliveau burned the documents to a CD so that he could transport them out of the NCIS office. The special agent who wrote the affidavit wrote that there is no "direct proof" that Beliveau gave Francis the downloaded documents.

If true, the allegations against Misiewicz will tarnish what has been an inspiring immigrant success story. Born in Cambodia and adopted by an American woman serving in the U.S. Army in Phnom Penh, Misiewicz came to the U.S. in 1973, a few years before the Khmer Rouge takeover of Cambodia. Millions died during the group's brutal reign in what became known as the "Killing Fields." Misiewicz went on to earn his commission from the U.S. Naval Academy and in 2010 was in command of the destroyer USS Mustin when it made a port call in Cambodia. "It is important for me to be strong and to remember and honor the sacrifices that were made for me," Misiewicz said at the time, according to a Navy News Service report. "Both Cambodians and Americans in my young life sacrificed life and happiness so I could have a better life."

"Anything is possible. You can start anywhere, any place, if you've got freedom and you have opportunity like we have in the U.S., the sky is the limit," he said in the report.

Head Start!

Posted: September 16, 2013 at 10:16 PM - Updated: September 22, 2013 at 04:30 PM PDT

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Murrieta, CA -- Two former Vista Murrieta High School football players, Kishawn Tre Holmes, 17 (pictured above, center) and Byron Keith Holt, 17, accused of sex crimes against a half-dozen girls made their first court appearances, with a judge ordering one defendant released to his parents' custody and the other to remain locked up. Both suspects had been booked Thursday at Southwest Juvenile Hall near Murrieta, police Lt. Tony Conrad said, following the investigation that began Aug. 29. The arrests of the two students on suspicion of rape were confirmed last Monday morning by Murrieta police and officials with the Murrieta Valley Unified School District. Sex-related criminal charges were filed by the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office against the two Vista Murrieta High School football players after an investigation involving six underage female victims.

The school resource officer assigned to the campus had turned over his findings to the Murrieta police investigative unit on Sept. 3. The implicated students were contacted and interviewed by detectives, which ultimately led to their arrests, Conrad said. The alleged rapes did not occur on school grounds, the lieutenant said. “Vista Murrieta is a safe campus…,” Conrad said. “...The school district and the police department make campus safety a high priority.”


The boys appeared for a juvenile detention hearing before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Vic Saraydarian, who closed the courtroom to spectators, including the media, permitting only the defendants' family members and attorneys to be present. After hearing from the parties, Saraydarian ordered Holmes to remain held at Southwest Juvenile Hall but permitted Holt to return home with his parents, on the condition that he remain under close supervision.

Holmes, 17, has been charged with eight felony counts involving a total of six victims in incidents dating back to 2012, with the most recent being in August, said John Hall, spokesman for the DA’s office. The charges filed against Kishawn include: two counts of rape by force or fear; two counts of a lewd and lascivious act on a victim under the age of 14; three counts of false imprisonment; and one count of dissuading a witness, Hall said. Kishawn appeared Tuesday for a detention hearing at Southwest Justice Center, according to Hall, who noted that because of the charges of rape by force or fear the law allows the proceedings to be public.

The second suspect in the investigation, Holt, 17, has been charged with sex-related crimes, according to Hall. The charges against his co-defendant were not disclosed, but D.A.'s office spokesman Hall described them as "sex-related." Hall said more details are being released about Holmes' case than that of his co-defendant because any time an underage defendant is charged with certain crimes -- in this case rape -- hearings are held in open court, unlike most juvenile court proceedings. While the nature of the allegations permit Byron to be identified as a suspect in the case, the charges against him do not qualify under the law as those that would permit public knowledge of the court proceedings or case outcome, Hall said. Hall said Holt's name was released because "at least one charge that's been filed against him is a serious or violent felony." However, additional details about Holt's case, including the number of counts filed, were withheld because proceedings in his case will not occur in open court and prosecutors are barred from disclosing what happens, according to Hall.

Authorities would not confirm the relationships, if any, between the parties involved.

The defendants both played varsity football for the top-ranked Vista Murrieta High School Broncos. Holmes was a star running back during the team's last season. A website player profile listed Kishawn, a senior, as a 5-foot-8-inch, 170-pound running back for the 2012-2013 Vista Murrieta varsity football team. He was not listed on the team’s current roster. Holmes had been among the school's top football prospects, impressing recruiting analysts and attracting the interest of several universities, including UCLA, Boise State and Colorado. Another website called Holmes one of the West's emerging offensive prospects and the latest star to come from a program that in recent years has been "churning out elite prospects." Byron, a junior, was also not listed as a 2013-2014 member of the Vista Murrieta team. During the 2012-2013 season, his profile described him as a 5-foot-10 inch, 220-pound varsity defensive linebacker for VMHS. Neither Holmes nor Holt, a senior defensive lineman, has played this season, and Coach Coley Candaele has removed them from the team.

Pending the outcome of the charges, the suspects were not on campus, according to Murrieta Valley Unified School District Spokeswoman Karen Parris, who said privacy laws do not allow the district to comment further on the charges or disciplinary actions taken. “We were shocked and disappointed to learn of the arrests,” Parris said in an emailed statement. She also said the alleged incidents did not occur on the Vista Murrieta campus or during school-related activities. The district is “fully cooperating” with Murrieta police in their ongoing investigation, Parris said, and encourages anyone who has information about the case to contact Lt. Conrad. Parris added that counselors are available for any students whom have concerns or whom wish to talk to someone regarding the situation.

The defendants' next hearing is Oct. 30.

Drugs, Money & the Military!

Posted: 7:02 PM EDT, Wed September 13, 2013 - Updated: 9:02 PM PDT, Wed September 18, 2013

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Texas/Colorado (USA) Mexican drug cartels are recruiting American soldiers to act as clandestine hit men in the United States, paying them thousands of dollars to assassinate federal informants and organized crime rivals, law enforcement experts tell media sources. "The cartels operate like corporations. They have the money to go out and hire the talent they need to get the job done," said Ricardo Ainslie, who has documented drug cartel violence and culture as an author and a filmmaker. "They are very aware of how highly trained the U.S. military is and that the skills they've learned in the military don't readily translate to civilian life," Ainslie told media sources. The deadly Zetas Cartel members are well versed in military operations. Its founders were members of the Mexican military's special forces division who deserted their elite combat units to reap illegal billions while operating with relative impunity in Mexico's Wild West drug trade. Some Zetas Cartel members also received U.S. military training at Fort Bragg, N.C., in counter-insurgency and counter-narcotics techniques during the 1990s.

It's impossible to quantify how pervasive cartel contract killing is among the American military — there are no statistics and the players, most notably confidential informants and their federal handlers, operate in an often surreal, secretive world with the blurred morality of a John le Carre novel. Federal officials have denied comment beyond the court filings.

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The most recent U.S. Military Soldier — and blatant — example came this summer when 22-year-old Michael Apodaca (pictured above, center-left) a former private first class at Fort Bliss in Texas, was sentenced to life in prison for executing Jose Daniel Gonzalez-Galeana, a member of the infamous Juarez Cartel in Mexico and a snitch for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. PFC Apodaca, the triggerman, was hired in 2009 by ICE informant (and double agent) Ruben Rodriguez Dorado (pictured above, center-left) to kill Juarez Cartel member Gonzalez-Galeana, after the latter had been outed as an ICE snitch.

Apodaca, who had served in Afghanistan, calmly testified earlier this year about the day in 2009 when he emptied eight rounds into Gonzalez-Galeana, then jumped into a get-away car driven by an accomplice, Christopher Duran. "As I shot him, I was moving, then I ran out of rounds," Apodaca said on the witness stand. Then he recounted how he telephoned the cartel member who'd given him the contract killing and reported, "I did it." The private, who was on active duty at Fort Bliss at the time, then dismantled his handgun and threw its magazine out the window. The Juarez Cartel paid Apodaca $5,000 to off the confidential informant outside his home in a quiet, upscale neighborhood in the border city of El Paso, Texas. The police chief lived just a few doors away. El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen, who told local reporters he heard shots being fired that day while standing in his backyard, denied an interview request from Global Media Sources.

"Not only was (Apodaca) on active duty, but he whacked an ICE informant/Cartel member who lived on the same street the El Paso police chief did," said Fred Burton, who is the former deputy chief of the counterterrorism division of the State Department's Diplomatic Security Service. "Running human assets on drug smuggling is one thing," said Burton. But running human assets who are killing people is another." Burton said there is extensive chatter among intelligence officials about military servicemen being recruited by Mexican cartels, often through gang connections, but there are no hard numbers. Ultimately, Dorado pleaded guilty to murder-for-hire charges and received a sentence of life in prison. Duran got 20 years.

Their trials proved embarrassing for ICE, which initially refused to cooperate in the Texas criminal trials, frustrating both prosecutors and the judge. Ultimately, ICE agent Pete Loera, the handler for both informants, was allowed to give limited testimony. Loera testified the agency knew there was a contract out on Gonzalez-Galeana. However, Loera testified he did not know that Dorado had issued it.

The highly unusual Fort Bliss case gave a rare glimpse into the cold-blooded workings of Mexican organized crime and a particularly blundering effort by U.S. agents to infiltrate it, experts said. This was most evident in a case, where a U.S. confidential informant and Juarez Cartel lieutenant successfully ordered the assassination of another U.S. confidential informant working for the same cartel. The murder occurred while both snitches were reporting to the same ICE agent, according to court testimony.

Repeated interview requests from media sources to ICE seeking comment on the Fort Bliss case went unanswered.

Last September, two military members stationed at Fort Carson in Colorado pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder-for-hire after accepting a contract hit from men they thought were operatives of the ultra-violent Los Zetas drug syndicate. They actually were undercover federal agents. The soldiers volunteered they were skilled in "wet work" (a euphemism for covert assassinations) and not only would they kill for money, they also would provide military training and weapons — including grenades, assault rifles and body armor, according to a federal criminal complaint filed by the DEA in Laredo, Texas.


Michael Lauderdale, a criminal justice professor, who also chairs a city's Public Safety Commission, said hiring service members as assassins is really a matter of tapping into a certain skill set. "Many of them have most certainly killed people and they certainly know how to do that." That was apparently true of the Colorado soldiers who were willing to kill and transport drugs for the Los Zetas cartel, according to the federal criminal complaint filed in Laredo. First Lt. Kevin Corley, who was on active duty at Fort Carson, has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder following his 2012 arrest by federal agents in the Texas border town. Corley, then 29, told undercover agents, in a series of meetings and phone calls, that he could provide military training for cartel members, put together a team of assassins and supply weapons stolen from his base.

He sold two AR-15 assault rifles to the agents he believed were Los Zetas cartel members in March 2012, and delivered five flack vests to prove his point. He also agreed to murder a rival cartel member and collect 20 kilograms of stolen cocaine, the complaint says. In return, Corley asked for $50,000 and five kilograms of coke. His hit team included Sgt. Samuel Walker, 28, with whom he'd served in Afghanistan, his cousin, Jerome, and Army Reserves member Shavar Davis, 30. Corley told the undercover agents he'd recently bought a Ka-Bar military fighting knife so he could carve a "Z" — the calling card of the Zetas — into the rival's chest. He also said he had a hatchet to dismember the body. The heavily armed hit team was arrested after federal agents swarmed their car in March 2012 while they were on their way to the intended hit. Jerome Corley was shot to death in the take-down. Walker was sentenced in June to 15 years in prison. Davis received a sentence of 10 years. Corley has yet to be sentenced. The target of the contract was an invention of federal agents.

Law enforcement experts warn that such incidents may only increase as highly trained military members struggle to find civilian jobs after mass deployments to killing zones such as Afghanistan and Iraq. Where better to offer high-paying killing contracts than to low-paid soldiers trained to kill and out of work, they say.

One key issue involves U.S. gang members who enter military service to gain weapons and battle experience, then return to gang life after mustering out. And gangs, increasingly, act as sub-contractors to Mexican drug cartels, providing muscle, weapons training and ferrying narcotics, human beings and illicit money across the border, according to federal drug agency reports. The most recent FBI statistics show that 53 gangs have been identified with members who have served in or are affiliated with the U.S. military. Those gangs include MS 13, Latin Kings, Crips, Bloods and Barrio Azteca, some of the most notorious and nefarious outlaw groups operating in the U.S. and Mexico.

Hung on Murder!

Posted: September 17, 2013 - 3:18pm - Updated: September 20, 2013 - 11:06pm pdt



Arizona -- Juan Martinez, the star prosecutor in the Jodi Arias murder trial, got another hung jury Tuesday, this time in the case against a former Arizona cop accused of shooting an unarmed man and his dog while responding to a domestic dispute call. Jurors found Richard Chrisman (pictured above, center) guilty of aggravated assault but couldn't agree on the other charges of murder and animal cruelty. Jurors in the trial of the ex-Phoenix police officer have found an aggravating factor in the case. Chrisman broke down as he left the courtroom. He faces a maximum of 15 years in prison and a minimum of five years. The next court date is scheduled for Oct. 18.

Chrisman pleaded not guilty to all of the charges against him, saying he shot 29-year-old Daniel Rodriguez and his pitbull in self-defense. Chrisman claimed Rodriguez was reaching for his gun during the October 2010 incident, but Chrisman's partner said the unarmed man posed no threat to either officer, according to media sources. The former officer testified how pepper spray and his stun gun failed to stop the suspect's aggressive behavior as the two then struggled, and Rodriguez picked up a bicycle from the living room floor.


"He was going to smash my brains in. ... I fired two rounds, center mass," Chrisman told jurors during his trial. Chrisman testified that he and another officer arrived at the scene and made contact with the woman who had called authorities to report that her son, Rodriguez, had become violent. Chrisman said she was frightened and excited. "She was crying, shaking," Chrisman testified. "She told us that her son, Danny, goes out, he leaves the house for several days at a time. When he comes home, he gets real violent and angry and starts destroying stuff and hurts her." Rodriguez died at the scene.

Authorities say Chrisman used unnecessary excessive force after Rodriguez questioned the right of the two officers to be inside his trailer. The other officer on the scene with Chrisman told investigators the dog wasn't attacking either of them, and that the man wasn't a threat when Chrisman shot him. Chrisman says the officer wasn't doing his job, and was outside the trailer when the shooting occurred.

Prosecutor Juan Martinez told jurors Chrisman arrived at Rodriguez's home as the aggressor, barged in and pressed a gun to his head before the fatal shooting. Martinez said the evidence doesn't show Rodriguez was assaulting the officer. He said Chrisman shot Rodriguez's "friendly" dog after the animal wagged his tail at him, and that the officer failed to even try to talk to Rodriguez. "A person cannot take out a gun, point it at someone and then when that person steps back, shoot them," Martinez told jurors in closing arguments.

In a press release issued Tuesday afternoon, the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association (PLEA) said:

"In a perfect world, we would not need batons, Tasers, pepper spray, handguns, shotguns or rifles. The world we operate in is anything but perfect ... Ours is a world in which we are required to make split second decisions while operating under a complex of rules ...

This particular case is uniquely difficult. Not only was a police officer criminally charged for doing his job, it also pitted the word of one officer against another."

Martinez, who gained notoriety earlier this year for his aggressive and successful conviction of Arias, couldn't get jurors to agree on Arias' sentence. He will continue to pursue the death penalty against Arias during a retrial of the penalty phase, when a new jury will be selected to determine her fate. Judge Sherry Stephens may schedule a date for that retrial during an October 4 hearing, during which she is also expected to rule on several other motions filed by the defense.

Not Again ...!

Posted: September 17, 2013 - 3:18pm - Updated: September 20, 2013 - 11:06pm pdt

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New York, NY -- Police officers shooting at what appeared to be an emotionally disturbed man in New York City's Times Square accidentally struck two innocent bystanders instead, police said today.

A cell phone video shot at the scene shows officers chasing the 35-year-old suspect Saturday night in the midst of one of New York City's busiest intersections, weaving in and out of traffic in what police said looked like an attempt to get hit by a car.

"One officer saw him out in the middle of the street, he obviously was causing a disturbance," NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said in a news conference. "Cars were trying to avoid him... It appeared that he wanted to be struck by the cars."


When officers approached the suspect, he appeared to reach into his pocket to draw a gun. Two officers then fired a total of three shots, media sources reported in New York reported. While they missed the man, they accidentally hit two women instead.

One woman, 35, was grazed by a bullet, while the other woman, 54, was shot in the knee. Both were taken to Bellevue Hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The 35-year-old woman was treated and released, according to media sources. But the 54-year-old woman, who needs a walker to get around, remains in stable condition at the hospital.

Ultimately, officers were able to subdue the man with a Taser, media sources reported. He was taken into custody at Bellevue Hospital, where he was being held for observation.

The officers involved in the incident have been on the force for one year and three years, respectively, media sources reported. The names of the women injured as well as the man in custody have not been released. Police said the investigation is ongoing.

Vandie Conspiracy!

Posted: 12:07 AM EDT, Sat September 14, 2013 - Updated: 04:39 PM PDT, Fri. September 20, 2013

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Nashville, TN -- Suspended Vanderbilt football star Chris Boyd (pictured above, center) admitted Friday to helping cover up an alleged on-campus gang rape, accepted a yearlong probation sentence and agreed to testify against four men accused directly in the crime. Boyd pleaded guilty to one count of being an accessory to rape, after the fact. After prosecutors laid out the case against him and as part of his plea deal, Boyd said he will willingly pay court costs, face 11 months and 29 days of unsupervised probation and "testify truthfully" against the men he helped last June. Boyd is a suburban Atlanta native had been on the official "watch list" for the Biletnikoff Award, which is given annually to college football's top wide receiver, prior to his suspension from the Commodores. Vanderbilt spokeswoman Beth Fortune said later Friday that Boyd remains enrolled at the school, though he is still suspended from its football team, "pending further review by the university."

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Friday's court hearing also revealed information about the prosecutors' case against the four former Vanderbilt players charged with rape. Early on June 23, Davidson County Deputy District Attorney Tom Thurman alleged in court, Brandon Vandenburg took an unconscious Vanderbilt student into a building on campus. He was joined in his dorm room by three others also charged with rape -- Corey Batey, Brandon Banks and Jaborian McKenzie -- Thurman said.

"Different individuals" then sexually assaulted the young woman, the prosecutor said, as reported by media sources. Vandenburg texted the 21-year-old Boyd a picture of her, which Boyd promptly erased so his girlfriend wouldn't see it, Thurman said. Soon after that text, Vandenburg called Boyd "saying the victim had been messed with in the hall and sexually assaulted in the room, and he needed Mr. Boyd to come over," Thurman said. "Mr. Vandenburg further stated that he wanted to have sex with the victim, but he could not get an erection even though he used cocaine," added the prosecutor. Boyd went over and, with two other people, moved the woman -- who was lying in the hall unconscious, partially clothed -- to a room, put her on a bed, then left, Thurman said.

Subsequently, Boyd exchanged texts with Vandenburg and Batey, Thurman said. In one, Boyd said, "Tell the boys to delete that shit. I'm looking out for your asses." Boyd also texted his girlfiend that he "got everything cleared up" and "deleted everything," Thurman said. More texts followed the next day, including one in which Boyd detailed how he had helped move the young woman and said "she doesn't know anything that happened." Boyd also talked about it with Vandenburg, Batey, Banks and McKenzie at a Popeye's restaurant, Thurman said.

The incident came to light when university officials checking the dorm's hallway surveillance recordings regarding an unrelated situation observed unusual behavior by the defendants, police said. That prompted a notification to campus police on June 26. That same day, Vanderbilt University Police called Nashville Police into the investigation. Four days later, Vandenburg, Batey, Banks and McKenzie were dismissed from the football team and suspended from the university. The university and city police announced the dismissals but did not identify the players at that time. The four young men now each face five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery. Vandenburg was also charged with one count of tampering with evidence and one count of unlawful photography.

"The defendant was not completely truthful with the police or the district attorney's office in his initial interviews," the prosecutor said. "... He later came forward and gave additional information." Asked later by a judge if Thurman's presentation was correct, Boyd replied, "Yes, sir." Thurman said after the hearing that, if Boyd was convicted, he probably would have gotten a 1-year sentence given his clean criminal record. "I don't know how good a deal it is for him," the prosecutor told reporters.

His lawyer, after the hearing described Boyd as "a 21-year-old young man that was forced with making a decision in a situation that he did not fully understand. He is paying for that decision," the attorney added, "and he will be paying for it the rest of his life."

911 Assisted Death!

Posted: 12:07 AM EDT, Sat September 14, 2013 - Updated 04:37 PM PDT, Fri. September 20, 2013

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Charlotte, NC -- Police in North Carolina shot and killed Jonathan Ferrell (pictured above, center) Saturday morning -- but he may have just been looking for help after a car wreck. Officers responded to a "breaking and entering" 911 call at a home in Charlotte. The homeowner told dispatchers that a man had been knocking on her door repeatedly. The woman inside thought it was her husband. "To her surprise, it was an individual that she did not know or recognize," Monroe told media sources. "She immediately closed the door, hit her panic alarm, called 911." The man stood outside and "continued to attempt to gain the attention of the homeowner," a police statement said.

Police say that when they got to the scene, a man matching the caller's description ran toward them. One of the officers fired his stun gun, but it was "unsuccessful." Another officer then opened fire, police said. Ferrell died at the scene. He was shot several times. He was unarmed. Police called the incident "unfortunate." Ferrell was 24 and a former football player at Florida A&M University.

Police now believe Ferrell was seeking assistance after crashing his car. Police found a wrecked car nearby, indicating that he may have been trying to get help. "It was a pretty serious accident," Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe told media sources. The crash was so severe that authorities now believe Ferrell had to climb out of the back window, another affiliate media source reported. He ran to the closest house for help.

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Police have charged Officer Randall Kerrick with voluntary manslaughter -- a felony. He turned himself in Saturday afternoon and was being held early Sunday on a $50,000 bond. A charge of voluntary manslaughter means the person used excessive force in self-defense, or carried out the act without intent to kill. Police used "charged" and "ran" and "advanced" in their description of what Ferrell did.

"The evidence revealed that Mr. Ferrell did advance on Officer Kerrick and the investigation showed that the subsequent shooting of Mr. Ferrell was excessive," police said in another statement issued late Saturday night. "Our investigation has shown that Officer Kerrick did not have a lawful right to discharge his weapon during this encounter." There were three officers at the scene, but Kerrick was the only one to use a gun. He fired several times, police said. All three officers have been placed on paid leave.

"It has devastated a family as well as caused a great deal of sadness and anxiety in our organization," a statement said. Friends expressed grief on social media, calling Ferrell a "brother" and demanding "justice." He had at least one brother, Willie, who played with him at Florida A&M. Ferrell was also engaged. "We loved him. Our family loved him," his fiance's mother told media sources. His 25th birthday would have been next month.

107 Years Old ...!

Posted: September 12, 2013 - 12:09pm Updated: September 12, 2013 - 3:08pm PDT

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A special prosecutor was ordered Thursday to review the shooting death of a 107-year-old Arkansas man killed by police officers in last weekend’s standoff after state police said they wouldn’t investigate the case.

Jefferson County Circuit Judge Berlin C. Jones approved County Prosecutor Kyle Hunter’s request to recuse from the case surrounding the death of Monroe Isadore in Pine Bluff on Saturday.

Authorities have said they tried using a camera, negotiating tactics and gas before shooting Isadore. But his death has prompted questions from residents and some leaders in Pine Bluff, a community of about 50,000 people about 45 miles southeast of Little Rock.

Pine Bluff police said Wednesday they had forwarded the case to Hunter’s office. Hunter didn’t immediately return a call for comment, but in a court motion cited his close working relationship with the Pine Bluff department as a reason for recusal. Hunter wrote he believed a special prosecutor would “allow someone from outside our county to review and make the necessary decisions in this case.”

Bob McMahan, the state prosecutor coordinator, did not immediately return a call Thursday.

State Police released a letter Thursday they had sent to Hunter declining his request to investigate the case. In it, Criminal Investigation Division Commander Maj. Henry La Mar wrote that Hunter’s request to investigate the incident from the initial 911 call to Isadore’s death went beyond its typical deadly force investigations. He also cited the amount of time that had lapsed between the shooting and the prosecutor’s request for an outside probe.

“Any attempt now to reassemble a crime scene, gather impartial statements from officers and witnesses who are already on record in the local investigation, and collect physical evidence that has been processed within a local chain of custody amount to a style of investigation far outside accepted and sound law enforcement practices,” La Mar wrote in the letter, dated Wednesday.

Hunter wrote Thursday that he was disappointed in the state police’s decision.

“I felt it was important for all concerned that another agency be involved in the investigation of this incident,” he wrote.

Members of the Pine Bluff City Council had sent a separate request to state police to investigate the case.

Laurie Barlow told officers she had gone to the house where Isadore was living temporarily to help him move to a new home Saturday, according to a police report. She said Isadore had previously been excited about the move but that when she arrived, Isadore barricaded himself in a room.

Police said that Isadore’s granddaughter eventually got him to open the door, but he pointed a gun at her.

Police said after officers moved Barlow and the granddaughter across the street, Isadore fired at a door. A SWAT team was called out when negotiations failed and maneuvered a camera into the house to see how Isadore was armed. The team then stormed inside after deploying gas and a distraction device, the report said. When Isadore fired, the entry team fired back.

Police have said an officer involved in the weekend shooting has been placed on paid administrative leave.

Springettsbury Township!

Posted: 09/05/2013 10:43:33 AM EDT - Updated: 09/27/2013 07:43:33 PM PDT

Springettsbury Township, PA -- Two Springettsbury Township police officers being sued for alleged brutality have been cleared of criminal wrongdoing by York County's district attorney.

One of the two officers also is being sued for alleged brutality in a second case. The arrest that spurred that lawsuit is still under review by state police, at the request of District Attorney Tom Kearney.

On Thursday morning, Kearney released his findings in one of the cases.

Cpl. Greg Hadfield and Officer Chad Moyer -- along with their department, York County and other named defendants -- have been sued by Debra L. Williams, 42, who alleges that during her April 2011 arrest she was punched and grabbed by the neck by the officers.

The lawsuit also alleges the two officers filed false incident reports about the arrest.

Prosecutors previously dropped the charges against her, including aggravated assault on a police officer and resisting arrest, after she agreed to plead guilty to simple assault for scratching a person prior to police arresting her, according to her civil attorney, Devon Jacob.

'Insufficient' force: Kearney wrote in his findings:

"(The) issue is whether the force that was used by the officers was unreasonable under the circumstances. With regard to the mental state of the officers, both verbalized their intention was to control an out of control situation and it was never their intent to abuse Ms. Williams. This was confirmed by those observing the conduct and by an expert in the
police use of force. Accordingly, the use of force in this matter is insufficient to bring criminal charges. That matter is now closed."

Attorney Chris Ferro, who represents Hadfield, said the evaluation was thorough.

"While I always felt this was a criminal investigation without merit, Mr. Kearney's lengthy and accurate analysis is an appropriate way to conclude this event," he said. "Cpl. Hadfield has and will continue to serve Springettsbury Township with honor and professionalism. I hope this decision will change the view of the few who leapt to conclusions about my client based upon a small snippet of video without context of completeness."

Attorney Brian Perry, who represents Moyer, also praised the findings.

"When you watch the video clip (released by Jacob) ... you get a totally different perspective, compared to watching it from start to finish," Perry said. "I think Officer Moyer showed remarkable restraint in the incident, based on (Williams') behavior and her unwillingness to comply with all of his directives."

'Sad day': Jacob, the attorney representing Williams in her civil lawsuit, indicated he wasn't surprised by Kearney's ruling. He issued this statement in response:

"York County District Attorney Tom Kearney knew about the incident involving Debra Williams and the related video soon after the incident occurred and decided not to conduct a criminal investigation until after the civil lawsuit was filed. Therefore, it is not surprising that Mr. Kearney is opting now not to prosecute Officer Chad Moyer or (Cpl.) Gregory Hadfield for assaulting Ms. Williams.

"It is a sad day when the highest-ranking law enforcement official (in York County) decides that in his jurisdiction, a police officer may lawfully punch, choke and Taser a suicidal female who is handcuffed behind her back with her feet shackled. I fear for the safety of all York County residents, especially the mentally ill and female residents."

Second case: Jacob also represents Steven E. Landis, who has filed suit against Moyer, Officer William Polizzotto Jr. and others.

Landis claims in his lawsuit that while being arrested on a warrant in August 2012, Moyer kneed him in the side, breaking five of his ribs, and that Polizzotto shocked him twice with a stun gun.

In May, a York County judge acquitted Landis of his resisting arrest charge.

Moyer, Polizzotto and Hadfield have been on full paid status but have no patrol responsibilities, meaning they basically are on desk duty, Springettsbury Township Police Chief Tom Hyers has said.

On Thursday, Hyers declined comment on the advice of the department's attorneys, citing the pending lawsuits.

Kearney is out of town and won't be commenting on the matter, according to Kyle King, spokesman for the district attorney's office.

Published: 3/14/1 3:56 pm - Updated: 3/15/13 8:21 pm

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On Friday afternoon, Springettsbury Township Police Chief Thomas Hyers released the following statement:

"As Chief of Police for Springettsbury Township, I have requested The Office of District Attorney Thomas Kearney, and Chief of York County Detectives Darryl Albright, conduct an investigation in the incidents involving Ms. Williams and Mr. Landis. They have agreed to handle the investigation and I have directed that all incident related material in both incidents be forwarded to their respective offices by the close of business today. Additionally, I have placed Corporal Gregory Hadfield, Patrolman Chad Moyer, and Patrolman William Polizzotto, on Administrative Desk Duty effective immediately pending the outcome of the investigation."


York County, PA -- In York County, federal lawsuits have been filed against a local police department, claiming officers beat two people in separate incidents. The lawyer who filed the lawsuit is sharing the video. We are warning you, the video may be offensive to some.

According to Attorney, the dash cam video shows two Springettsbury Township Police Officers beating Debra Williams. "She was handcuffed and shackled, tasered in the calf and punched, slapped and had her throat grabbed. She was thrown in back of the police car. It's as clear as day on video."

The attorney says Patrolman Chad Moyer who struck Williams, while another officer does nothing to stop him.

In the second case, Steven Landis is thrown to the ground after he raises his hands instead of putting them behind his back as requested by Moyer. "Probably because we see it on TV all the time. It was the first time in his life he was arrested. There was a warrant for a small incident earlier in evening, and he didn't even know there was warrant that existed at the time."

The attorney says Moyer threatened Landis and then drove his knee into his side, breaking five ribs. Another officer tased him two times while he was on the ground.

Both Landis and Williams were charged with resisting arrest. But the attorney says, those charges may not be the reason. "This was clearly done to cover up and explain why they were walking away from these arrests with injuries. It's very clear from the video.

The dash cam videos were discovered while trying to defend that charge, which the attorney says, means the District Attorneys Office saw them. The attorney says none of the officers were questioned or taken off the street.

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Posted: Thursday, October 13, 2016 ~ Updated: Friday, October 14, 2016 PT


McLOUD, Okla. –- Amber Hilberling was the 25-year-old woman convicted of second-degree murder in Oklahoma. She was convicted for pushing her husband, Joshua Hilberling, to his death from the 25th floor of their apartment. Prosecutors alleged that Amber Hilberling shoved her husband through the window after they'd argued over splitting up. Hilberling, (19 at the time and seven months pregnant) argued that the death was an accident caused by "unusually thin" windows in the couple's apartment.

Hilberling had been serving a 25-year prison sentence for the 2011 death of her husband. Prison officials say Hilberling has died in prison. Oklahoma Department of Corrections spokeswoman Terri Watkins says Hilberling was pronounced dead at 5:33 p.m. Monday at the Mabel Bassett Correctional Center. Watkins says the state medical examiner's office will determine Hilberling's cause of death.

A Gay Life!

Posted: Thursday, October 13, 2016 ~ Updated: Friday, October 14, 2016 PT


NORTHAMPTON, MA — On March 29, 2010, Annamarie Cochrane Rintala, 37, punched out of her overnight shift as a paramedic in Springfield, Massachusetts. Later that evening, police found her wife, Cara Lee Rintala, 49, crying and cradling Annamarie’s lifeless body in the basement of the Granby home they shared. Police found Annamarie Cochrane at the bottom of the basement stairs covered in paint. The couple shared the home with their 2-year-old daughter, Brianna.

Cara was a Ludlow firefighter. Following a 19-month investigation, Cara was charged with first-degree murder in the strangulation death of Annamarie. Cara Lee denied involvement in her wife’s death. She pleaded not guilty. It was the first murder case in Massachusetts in which the victim and suspect are same-sex spouses. Jury trials in 2013 and 2014 ended in mistrials. Jurors in the third trial were allowed to consider both murder and manslaughter charges.


A jury convicted Cara Lee last week of first-degree murder in her third trial. First-degree murder convictions are automatically appealed to the Supreme Judicial Court. Cara Lee Rintala was sentenced in Northampton on Wednesday. The Granby woman has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the 2010 strangulation of her wife.

The case has shaken rural Granby. The town has a population of 6,400. Residents of the Western Massachusetts town say they can’t recall the last murder. “This is just a horrible tragedy, and I think it shocked us all,’’ said Police Chief Alan Wishart.

A Taunton!



A Taunton, Massachusetts -- Police Shoot Suspect After 2 Killed in Stabbings at Mall and Home. Police said Arthur DaRosa drove a vehicle into a store Tuesday at Silver City Galleria Mall and stabbed four people after stabbing two others at a home. An off-duty officer fatally shot the DaRosa.

Pink-Pedo Codes!

Posted: 6:14 PM EST, Thu March 10, 2016 - Updated: 6:14 PM EST, Thu March 10, 2016


United States -- Nicole O'Kelly was completely appalled when she discovered a symbol on her daughter's new toy is used by pedophiles. "I'm absolutely sick." The mother told media sources, "I bought this for my 2-year-old little girl. This toy was made for little girls. I wanted answers."

In 2007, a story was published called "The Pedophile's Secret Code." The story sourced an unclassified document from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The story revealed the different pedophilic symbols and their meanings. The FBI document reads: "To specifically indicate the pedophile’s gender preference, members of pedophilic organizations encourage the use of descriptions such as 'boylove,' 'girllove,' and 'childlove.'"

"Boylove" is symbolized by a small blue spiral-shaped triangle surrounded by a larger triangle. "Girllove" is depicted by a small heart surrounded by a larger heart. Media sources reported that when a pedophile sees children with one of these symbols, it means the child is ready to be traded for sex.

The heart design is what O'Kelly noticed on the children's toy she bought at a recent Monster Jam event. "This is pink," she says pointing to the stuffed monster car toy. "This is for little girls, especially at a predominately male event.”

Feld Inc. owns Monster Jam. They claim they had no idea about the symbol's secret code. Stephen Payne, Feld Entertainment's vice president of corporate communications, released this statement to media sources:

"On Tuesday, when the issue with the Monster Jam toy was brought to the company’s attention by a customer who purchased it at a recent Monster Jam event, we immediately pulled this item from inventory and will no longer sell it. In addition, any customers who have purchased this truck can contact our Customer Service Department for an exchange or refund.

The company was not aware of the disturbing message contained in the truck’s design, nor did we intend to use any design that had a secret or double meaning. We are currently reviewing our merchandise to ensure that it's appropriate for our customers.

Feld Entertainment is committed to providing a safe and family-friendly environment at all our shows and through our consumer products. We take this very seriously and are taking steps to ensure that an incident like this never happens again."

The Monster Jam event was held on January 16 and February 6, 2016.

Operation Bang Lustyik!

Posted: 9:00 PM EDT, Sat August 3, 2013 - Updated: 9:15 PM PDT, Fri. August 30, 2013

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New York (WCJB) -- Robert Lustyik, 50, a former FBI special agent in New York and two Connecticut men have been charged for their alleged roles in a bribery scheme to dig up confidential information about a key figure in Bangladeshi politics, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Manhattan said. Lustyik was arrested Friday on an allegation that he and childhood friend, Johannes Thaler, 49, solicited cash from a third man in exchange for documents and information to which Lustyik had access to because of his FBI job. The third man was identified as Rizve Ahmed, 34, also known as "Caesar." Ahmed is an acquaintance of Thaler, both of whom live in Connecticut.

The complaint charges all three men with conspiracy to bribe a public official; it charges Thaler and Lustyik with soliciting and receiving bribes; it charges Ahmed with bribing a public official and offering to bribe a public official; and it charges Lustyik with unlawfully disclosing a suspicious activity report.

According to the four-count criminal complaint, which was unsealed Friday, Lustyik was working for the FBI in its White Plains, New York, office in September 2011, when he became involved in the scheme, which continued until March 2012. It alleges that Ahmed, a native of Bangladesh, was seeking confidential law enforcement information, including a confidential Suspicious Activity Report, about a prominent citizen of his country affiliated with a rival political party. The complaint identifies that person only as "Individual 1." Citing text messages as evidence, it says that Lustyik and Thaler discussed pressuring Ahmed to fork over extra money for the information.

"Ahmed sought, among other things, to obtain information about Individual 1, to locate Individual 1, and to harm Individual 1 and others associated with Individual 1," the complaint says. Ahmed paid at least $1,000 to the two other men for information that included a suspicious activity report, according to the complaint.

"We need to push (Ahmed) for this meeting and get that 40gs quick .... I will talk us into getting the cash .... I will work my magic .... We r sooooooo close", says Lustyik in one exchange, which occurred in late December 2011 or early January 2012, according to the complaint.

Thaler is said to have responded, "I know. It's all right there in front of us. Pretty soon we'll be having lunch in our oceanfront restaurant ...."

Around January 2012, after learning that Ahmed was considering using someone else to get the information, Lustyik allegedly sent this text to Thaler: "I want to kill (Ahmed) .... I hung my ass out the window n we got nothing? .... Tell (Ahmed), I've got (Individual 1's) number and I'm pissed .... I will put a wire on n get (Ahmed and his associates) to admit they want (a Bangladeshi political figure) offed n we sell it to (Individual 1.)"

Lustyik's lawyer, on Saturday challenged the investigation, which involved the Department of Justice's public integrity unit, and insisted his client was innocent. At that time, Lustyik was still being held in Utah, his lawyer said. "We're going to fight the charges," his lawyer said. "My client is eager to go to trial." In a statement on a website seeking funds for his legal defense, Lustyik's family described him as "a highly decorated" agent with more than 24 years of service in the counterintelligence division, and said he had been "wrongfully accused." If convicted, Lustyik faces a maximum prison sentence of 25 years; Thaler and Ahmed each face a maximum of 20 years.

A call to Thaler's residence was not immediately returned; Media sources not able to contact Ahmed.

Drug-Dealing Cops & Informants!




Richmond, CA -- Richmond police Sgt. Michael Wang pulled his silver Mercedes-Benz 430 SUV into the Vallejo motel parking lot, stopping when his driver's side window lined up next to the drug trafficker's. It was how he always parked during their secret meetings, the drug dealer, Sergio Vega-Robles, told Contra Costa investigators. Vega-Robles jumped into Wang's SUV, assured the officer he wasn't wired or followed, and handed him a plastic bag filled with $20 bills in $1,000 rubber-banded stacks. It was 2004, and Wang was receiving the first of three $40,000 bribes from the drug informant.

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Washington, D.C. -- Informants are often utilized to gain information and create a larger case against bigger fish, but is it worth letting them commit 5,658 crimes in a single year?

The FBI gave its informants permission to break the law over 5,000 times in just a single year, according to newly disclosed documents. The staggering number reveals just how much the nation’s top law enforcement agency uses criminals to help battle larger more intense crimes.

The U.S. Justice Department ordered the FBI to begin tracking the crimes committed by informants roughly a decade ago, after the agency admitted it had allowed Boston mobster “Whitey” Bulger operate a brutal crime ring in exchange for top mafia bosses.


The tally is submitted to Justice Department officials each year, but it’s the first year the numbers have been made public.

On average, agents authorized 15 crimes per day from buying and selling illegal substances to bribing government officials. FBI officials said in the past permitting informants to break the law is an indispensable, if not distasteful, part of investigating large criminal organizations. Shawn Henry, who supervised criminal investigations for the FBI until last year, stated:

“It sounds like a lot, but you have to keep it in context. This is not done in a vacuum. It’s not done randomly. It’s not taken lightly.”

Media sources managed to obtain of a copy of the FBI’s 2011 report utilizing the Freedom of Information Act. The report doesn’t go into details about the exact nature of the crimes authorized, nor does it include crimes committed without the knowledge of the agency.

Denise Ballew, a spokeswoman for the FBI, declined to answer questions regarding the report, saying that the circumstances in which informants are allowed to break the law are ”situational, tightly controlled,” and subject to Justice Department policy. The agency said in a 2007 budget request that it has a network of about 15,000 confidential sources.

Whitey Bulger & The F.B.I.!


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Winter Hill gang Mobster, James "Whitey" Bulger, the reputed boss and FBI informant, was charged in the deaths of 19 people during two decades. He also faces charges of extortion, racketeering and money laundering. Bulger rose to power in the 1970s and 1980s with the help of corrupt FBI agents in Boston. At his arraignment in July 2011 he pleaded not guilty to the 19 murder charges and 13 other counts. He was found guilty Aug. 12, 2013 of 11 murders as well as racketeering, extortion and gun charges. Much of the testimony against Bulger came from admitted hitmen, bookies and other underworld figures. Bulger's attorney said the testimony was the result of "obscene deals made with certain witnesses." Bulger has also denied being an FBI informant. He said he paid agents for information, but never gave any of his own.

Thick Irish Blood!

Published: November 24, 2013


BOSTON, MA — Power and influence fit William M. Bulger (pictured above, center-right) like a tailored suit for more than 40 years. His résumé expanded with accomplishment after accomplishment. He came up from the projects to become a lawyer. He was the longest-serving president of the State Senate. He became the president of the University of Massachusetts. He was a consummate Democratic power broker and a cultural lion in Boston.

However, William M. Bulger forfeited this legacy long ago. He shed it in exchange for intense loyalty to another Boston power broker. That power broker was his older brother, James (Whitey) Bulger. Whitey was the city’s notorious crime boss. In November of 2013, Whitey was convicted of participating in 11 murders and other crimes. He was sent to prison for life.

The currency was silence. William Bulger’s steadfast refusal to cooperate with authorities and refusal to distance himself publicly from Whitey, led to his downfall. It was this silence that cost William Bulger his university position 10 years ago. This silence deepened suspicions that he knew more about his brother’s exploits than he let on. William lived right next door to a house owned by one of Whitey’s partners in crime. Whitey's gang hatched plots, stored an arsenal of weapons and even committed murder in the house.

Whitey was captured in 2011 after 16 years on the run. William attended the arraignment. However, he has since otherwise lain low. He did not show up at the eight-week trial over the summer. He did not appear for the verdict or sentencing.

He recently gave a rare interview to a reporter by phone. His guarded answers to the reporter's questions suggested no break in the fraternal bond. William said he was “shocked by some of the things” that came out in court. However, he did not specify which things. He said he saw his brother once a week in jail. He added that “just because I visit him doesn’t mean I condone it.” William did not say what “it” was. He did not condemn "it" either.

He also said he still did not know what was true or false, fact or fiction. He said that his brother had made “fervent denials” to him regarding the charges against him. “I don’t try to sort it out any longer. I just try to be a brother.” Being “a brother” may be a fitting epitaph for Mr. Bulger, 79. He and Whitey, 84, resign themselves to the likelihood that Whitey will someday die in prison (though Whitey is appealing his conviction). Mr. Bulger lives out of the public eye now. The stain of his brother’s convictions and the ambiguity of his own role suggests that this one time prince of South Boston may be remembered less for what he said, ... than for what he never said.

William's silence led to unfavorable comparisons between him and the brother of the Unabomber. The Unabomber case was unfolding just as the authorities here were pressing William to divulge his brother’s whereabouts. David Kaczynski told the authorities in 1996 that his brother, Ted, could be the Unabomber. The Unabomber, over the course of almost 20 years, had sent bombs through the mail that killed three people and wounded 23 others.

Dick Lehr is a co-author of “Whitey: The Life of America’s Most Notorious Mob Boss.” Lehr said, “The Kaczynski brother decided it was more important that his brother be captured and not kill any more than to stay loyal to him. Bill Bulger, in the face of a God-awful amount of horror, has made a different choice.” Mr. Lehr says that choice has raised some eternal questions: “At what point does a relative’s conduct cross the line? When does the greater good count more than blood loyalty?” By contrast, it is hard to imagine what, if anything, would ever make William turn on his brother. (He did not respond to a request for an interview.)

Robert H. Quinn is a former speaker of the State House. He is also a longtime friend of William Bulger. He said that for William, whom he still sees regularly, “love and affection for family” remain paramount. He said William Bulger reminded him of the oft-told story of a boy at Father Flanagan’s Home for Boys. The boy carried on his back another boy who had polio and wore heavy leg braces. When Father Flanagan asked the boy if carrying him was hard, the boy replied: “He ain’t heavy, Father, he’s m’ brother.”

It was the Bulger brothers’ contrasting life stories that gripped the public imagination. William, who studied Greek and Latin and went to law school, operated within the system, while his murderous older brother conducted a reign of terror on the outside. But growing up in a big Irish Catholic family in a tight-knit enclave of South Boston, where lack of loyalty could cost a life, they had much in common. At the peak of their powers, they controlled their respective constituencies the same way — with fear and intimidation. As one longtime politician once told Boston Magazine: “What Whitey does with a gun, Billy does with a gavel.”

A sharp dresser who could carry a tune, William Bulger exuded cockiness as he hosted Southie’s main political event, the St. Patrick’s Day breakfast, and pranced down the streets, George M. Cohan style, at the head of the parade — all on display in a flattering “60 Minutes” segment on him in 1992.

But after Whitey descended into what the judge in his case called unfathomable depravity and he went into hiding, William Bulger’s stature began to erode. He refused to meet with the F.B.I. and told a grand jury that he hoped he would never do anything that would lead to his brother’s capture.

In 2002, he took the Fifth Amendment before a congressional committee investigating his brother’s corrupt relationship with the F.B.I. After being given immunity, he testified before Congress in 2003 that he did not know his brother was involved in murder or narcotics trafficking and even denied having heard of the notorious Winter Hill Gang, which his brother led.

When a congressman asked if he wanted Whitey to give himself up, “the normally loquacious Bulger sat for several moments, unable to speak,” as Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy described the scene in their book, “Whitey Bulger.” “He opened and closed his mouth several times, but nothing came out.”

His apparent stonewalling led to his forced resignation from the university, though he left with a state pension of $200,000 a year.

“Faced with a moral dilemma,” Scot Lehigh, a Boston Globe columnist, wrote in 2011 after Whitey was captured, “William repeatedly made the wrong choice, putting loyalty to his felonious brother over responsibility to his neighborhood, his constituents, or the larger public community whose university he led.”

But others lauded William Bulger’s steadfastness.

“I admire him for not being coerced into jackpotting his brother,” said Harvey A. Silverglate, a prominent criminal defense and civil rights lawyer here.

But, Mr. Silverglate said, “When you elevate loyalty, you have to pay a price for it and you have to be prepared to suffer.” Mr. Bulger has suffered, he said, though not nearly as much as the families of Whitey’s murder victims.

Those relatives were given a chance at Whitey’s sentencing to tell the gangster how he had ruined their lives, regardless of whether he was found guilty of their loved one’s death. A few noted that Whitey had ruined the lives of his own family members, too.

“It should be written that you had a brother who was a lawmaker who ended up lacking integrity and honesty,” said Tom Angeli, the son of a murder victim. “That’s how I want history to remember this case.”

Whitey's Letters!

Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2013, 1:35 PM - Updated: Saturday, Sept. 1, 2013, 12:00 AM PDT

Plymouth, Mass. -- "The trial was a neck and tie party and a stacked deck from day one," griped Notorious Boston mobster James "Whitey" Bulger in a letter dated Aug. 20, 2013 and obtained by media sources. The letters - from inmate No. 1428AZ - are signed "Jim Bulger," media sources reported. These are some of Bulger's first words since he was taken into custody more than two years ago. They are the first words read from Bulger since he groused at a federal judge to "do what youse want with me," in the final days of his eight-week trial. He'd refused to take the stand to testify in his own defense, calling the proceedings a "sham." Bulger only spoke to hurl obscenities at former mobsters who claimed he was a rat for the FBI - a charge that still rankles the former leader of Boston's violent Winter Hill Gang.

The 83-year-old grouses that his trial was a sham and ‘a stacked deck from day one,’ in correspondence obtained by media sources. Bulger was found guilty Aug. 13 of 11 murders as well as racketeering, extortion and gun charges. The letters were penned to an old friend and include complaints about his recent racketeering trial and the tribulations of solitary confinement. "They wanted [a] 'Show Trial' and revenge for corrupting two FBI agents," the notorious gangster wrote, according to media sources. "Have been in isolation for two years here - 24 hours in a cell Tuesday and Thursday and 23 hours in cell other 5 days," groaned Bulger, who was arrested in 2011 after 16 years on the lam.

Bulger's been lifting his poison pen enough to provide a week of excerpts, which sources plan to reveal over the next week. The 83-year-old said he has "lots of time to read and think," inside Plymouth Correctional Facility where he's being held in Plymouth, Mass. "I am off the scene and not much I can do for anyone out there," he wrote in painstaking longhand, according to the sources. "I prefer to be a target of the Gov + Feds than a witness testifying for them!" the old mobster fumed in his letter.

The infamous crime lord put down details about his plea deal to prosecutors and why it was rejected, his plans for the future and how he really feels about longtime gal-pal Catherine Greig, 61, currently serving eight years in prison for harboring a fugitive. Bulger also shared his thoughts about the betrayal of Steve (The Rifleman) Flemmi and John (The Executioner) Martorano, his two former buddies and co-conspirators who sold him out to the feds in exchange for lighter sentences, sources said. The infamous mafioso - who ran a vast criminal enterprise for decades and had a string of FBI and other law enforcement officers on his payroll - faces a maximum sentence of life plus 30 years. He's due back in court Nov. 13.

Whitey's writings still have much to reveal, according to media sources.

Whitey's Guilty!

Posted: Aug. 12, 2013

Massachusetts -- Boston mobster James "Whitey" Bulger was convicted today of 11 murders today, and lawyers for the one time crime overlord said he was "pleased" by the verdict. Bulger, 83, was charged with 32 counts that included 19 murders, but the jury found that the federal prosecutors had not proven that Bulger killed or ordered the killings of eight of the people. In addition to the 11 murders, Bulger was convicted of racketeering, narcotics and money laundering.


Bulger had no reaction as the court clerk slowly read off either guilty or not proved on the predicate acts listed in the 32 count racketeering indictment that charged him with decades of bloodletting in Boston during the 1970s and 1980s.

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Following the verdict, Bulger's defense lawyer said Bulger was "pleased by the outcome. It was important to him that the government corruption be exposed." He said that Bulger "knew as soon as he was arrested that he would die [in prison] or on a guerney" with a lethal injection as a condemned killer.

Nevertheless, he said Bulger would appeal his verdict.

Whitey's “Sham!"

Posted: Aug. 12, 2013

Massachusetts -- Massachusetts police have made an arrest in the suspicious death of a would-be witness in the sensational trial of James (Whitey) Bulger, who angrily refused to take the stand in his own defense, labeling the courtroom hearings a “sham.” Bulger’s outburst came just as local authorities announced that William Camuti, 69, was arrested for allegedly using cyanide to fatally poison Stephen (Stippo) Rakes — who had been a potential prosecution witness in Bulger’s trial. Rakes had hoped to tell jurors how Bulger forced him to sell his South Boston liquor store at gunpoint in the 1984 — but he was denied his chance when prosecutors decided not to put him on the stand. Rakes death — coming just after he learned he would not get to testify against his longtime nemesis Bulger — brought back bad memories for Bostonians who remembered the 1970s and 1980s when the mob boss meted out his own form of justice against enemies. But Rakes alleged murder had no ties to his twisted history with Bulger, the D.A. said.

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Camuti, from Sudbury, lured Rakes (pictured above, center) to a McDonald’s parking lot in Waltham about 1:45 p.m. on July 16, officials said. The two men did business together and Camuti owed his victim a significant amount of money for a real estate deal, according to law enforcement sources. Camuti had called Rakes and said he needed to discuss a possible property deal with him, authorities said. In reality, no such deal existed.

When Rakes arrived and got into Camuti’s parked car, Camuti handed him an iced coffee that was laced with deadly cyanide, according to the Middlesex District Attorney’s office. After Rakes died, Camuti drove around with his body for several hours trying to figure out where to dump it, cops said. He settled on a wooded path in Lincoln, about seven miles away from the murder site. Rakes body was found by a jogger about 1:30 p.m. the next day. Camuti’s been charged with attempted murder, misleading police and unlawful disposition of human remains. He could face murder charges if official toxicology reports come back with cyanide as the cause of death, officials said.

Rakes wasn’t the only one to feel cheated out of his chance to testify. On Friday, as his trial drew to a close, Bulger said he felt the same way. “I feel like I've been choked off to give an adequate defense and my conversation with (now deceased Assistant U.S. Attorney) Jeremiah O'Sullivan and his promise to give me immunity,” Bulger raged, referring to a judge's ruling blocking him from using past agreements with law enforcement officials as part of his defense. "As far as I'm concerned I wasn't given a fair trial. This is a sham and do what you will with me," he added bitterly. That prompted an outburst from the wife of one of Bulger's victims. “You're a coward,” shouted Patricia Donahue. Her husband Michael Donahue was an innocent bystander who was killed in a Bulger shooting in the 1980s.

Terminating Whitey!

Posted: 07/30/13 04:48 PM ET EDT - Updated 9:51 PM PDT, Sat Sept. 7, 2013

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Boston, MA -- Robert Fitzpatrick, a former FBI supervisor and the first defense witness in James "Whitey" Bulger's racketeering trial, began his testimony Monday and returned to the witness stand Tuesday. Under questioning from Bulger's lawyer, Fitzpatrick said Bulger denied being an informant when he met with him in 1981, but was listed in FBI files as an informant who provided the agency with information on the Mafia. Fitzpatrick said FBI officials would not listen when he asked them to terminate Bulger as an informant.

Prosecutors suggested Fitzpatrick, exaggerated his claim that he tried to end the FBI's corrupt relationship with reputed mobster James "Whitey" Bulger. Fitzpatrick, a former assistant special agent in charge of the Boston FBI office, testified that he tried to convince the FBI to terminate Bulger as an informant after Bulger was uncooperative and didn't appear to be helping the bureau's mission to gather information on the Mafia. During cross-examination, Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian Kelly suggested that Fitzpatrick, who wrote a book on Bulger, previously embellished to sell more books and was now trumping up his account of trying to get Bulger out of the FBI fold.

"Weren't you more concerned with your own career rather than rocking the boat?" Kelly asked.

Fitzpatrick insisted that he tried repeatedly to persuade the FBI to end its relationship with Bulger, particularly after Bulger was considered a suspect in the 1982 killings of Edward "Brian" Halloran and Michael Donahue, a shooting the reputed mobster is now accused of carrying out. "They obviously felt that Bulger was the guy who was going to bring down the Mafia," he said.

Kelly repeatedly pointed out inconsistencies between Fitzpatrick's memory of events when he testified in federal hearings in 1988 and in civil cases brought by the families of people who were allegedly killed by Bulger. Kelly suggested that Fitzpatrick embellished his testimony to sell more copies of a book he wrote about Bulger. Fitzpatrick acknowledged he is trying to write another book about Bulger, but said he was testifying to "tell the truth."

Da' Feds!

Posted: 4:51 AM EDT, Sun. June 28, 2013 - Updated 3:51 PM PDT, Wed. Sept. 4, 2013

Boston, MA -- Prosecutors put some of mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger's closest partners in crime on the stand. They recalled an era when gun-toting gangsters dumped bodies under bridges or buried them in earthen basements and exchanged information with corrupt FBI agents in a bloody struggle for money and power. Gangsters who confessed to participating in murder, John "The Executioner" Martorano, Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi and Kevin Weeks, vividly described Bulger strangling women, gunning down rivals and "rats" who talked too much, and demanding money at gunpoint from other criminals or local business owners.

FBI files about mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger were locked into a fireproof safe in the bureau's Boston office to keep them from the prying eyes of corrupt agents who would leak them to criminals, a retired agent testified in Notorious Mob Boss, James "Whitey" Bulger's trial. "I had (files) placed in a safe, I think it was even fireproof, in my office, and I could then lock the door of my office," ex-agent Fred Davis told the jury. Lawyers defending Bulger in his murder and racketeering trial had called him to the stand to buttress its case that Boston's FBI office was corrupt and mismanaged when it was investigating their client in the 1970s and 80s.

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Davis said he was not the only one at the FBI's Boston office who worried that Bulger was getting tips from corrupt agents. "I called it paranoia," Davis said before describing his method of keeping files secure. "There was concern there were agents in the office that might have been leaking information," he said, naming confessed corrupt former agents John Connolly (pictured above, center) and John Morris (pictured below, center). "When Connolly would walk into our squad area, some of our agents would really get nervous about him being there. It was like the bull getting into the China shop," he said.

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Rogue FBI supervisor John Morris told the court in James "Whitey" Bulger's trial, his "record was spotless," other than the fact he worked for the Notorious Mob Boss. The first day of Morris' testimony put a spotlight on a staggering amount of corruption in the Boston FBI field office that included cash bribes and tip-offs to wiretaps. Morris even admitted to talking about a cooperating witness against Bulger slated to go into the witness protection program who was murdered before the U.S. Marshals could move him.

John Morris testified that he gave his underling information that got a cooperating witness killed. He also testified that he received envelopes stuffed with cash along with so many expensive deliveries of wine that Bulger's Winter Hill gang nicknamed him "Vino." He slept with his secretary and let accused Boston mobster James "Whitey" Bulger buy her a plane ticket. When his wife tossed him out, Morris lived in another informant's apartment. But, other than that, his "record was spotless." Morris also testified about how Bulger's powerful politician brother, William, gave him and Connolly clout in the city.

Morris took the stand for a second day today and was grilled about the how he and FBI special agent John Connolly treated informant BS 1544-OC, the FBI's code for Bulger. On Thursday, Bulger grumbled at the FBI supervisor under his breath as Morris took the stand saying: "You're a fucking liar." Bulger is being tried on a 32-count federal indictment charging him with a slew of crimes connected to running the rackets in Boston, including 19 murders.

Bulger's alleged criminal enterprise, Morris admitted, was helped by the FBI. "You were corrupt, weren't you Mr. Morris?" Bulger defense attorney asked in court. "Yes," he replied. However, Morris testified he wasn't the only FBI agent compromised and Bulger was not the only informant who gave Morris money, he admitted on the stand.

"I knew I was completely trapped. I was in so far I could never get out," Morris told the court. "I felt helpless. I didn't know what to do." Under questioning by a Bulger defense attorney, Morris admitted that he did not come clean about his criminal behavior until he was granted immunity from prosecution, not because of his nagging conscience as he suggested on the stand Thursday. He asked his FBI superiors if he could make a deal. By 1998 Morris had been granted immunity in connection with his crimes in exchange for his testimony against the man he repeatedly called "his best friend" on the stand: John Connolly. "I had lost effectiveness. I was really compromised and went along with what John [Connolly] requested," Morris told the court. "I didn't want to carry that burden anymore," Morris had told the court.

But his life was anything but a burden when he was treated like a mobster out of the movie Goodfellas because of the Bulger brothers. One year, Morris testified, he and Connolly were slipped into the back door of the St. Patrick's Day breakfast without a ticket, which Morris described on the stand as "the single, most spectacular, political event of the year." Federal prosecutor Fred Wyshak asked Morris where he sat once they were inside. "In the front row," Morris answered. Morris then told the court: "It is hosted by the Senate president (Whitey's Brother William) and attended by the 'who's who' in politics."

Connolly's relationship with Bulger extended into the Massachusetts State House, Morris testified. As Bulger's informant status became critical to taking down Italian Mafia members, Connolly's stature in the bureau and on the streets of Boston, was also accelerated. "He [Connolly] was almost showy in the way he dressed, in the way he carried himself," Morris told the court, adding that Connolly had taken to "wearing a lot of jewelry." Connolly, Morris said, "had purchased and was refurbishing a home in South Boston." Connolly bought another house on Cape Cod and "had also acquired a good sized boat,"' Morris told the court. "It appeared he was living beyond his means?" Wyshak asked of Connolly. "Yes it did," he said.

Connolly had big plans, Morris said. His friendship with Bulger's brother, then Senate President William Bulger, would land him a job as the Boston police commissioner upon his retirement from the bureau and he was going to bring Morris with him as his second-in-command, he testified.

"Did you believe you would one day become the number two person in the Boston Police Department?" Wyshak asked.

"I thought it was possible," Morris answered. Morris said Connolly's ties to the Bulger brothers could make that happen. "He was connected to several politicians. He had a personal relationship with then-Senate president who he admired and respected," Morris told the court. Connolly's behavior did not raise any eyebrows with the Special Agents in Charge of the Boston FBI field office, Morris told the court. In fact it was quite the opposite. FBI bosses sought Connolly's friendship, Morris testified. "He had tremendous access across the board to everything including sports events, political figures, and actually for SACs during inspections are very judged on their contacts in the community," Morris testified. Connolly is now serving a 40-year prison sentence after being convicted of racketeering and murder.

Morris testified that everything began to unravel in 1982 with the murder of Brian Halloran, who was slated to testify against Bulger and the Winter Hill Gang and was about to enter WitSec, the witness protection program, when he was shot and killed along with another man. Earlier, another former FBI agent, James Crawford said a female informant close to senior Winter Hill associate Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi had told him Flemmi wanted to kill Halloran for talking to the FBI. Crawford said he told his supervisor and other agents at the time but was told the tip would be put on the "back burner."

"At that time an FBI informant and an innocent victim were murdered," Bulger attorney asked Crawford. "Yes," Crawford replied. Bulger is accused of pulling the trigger himself in that hit.

"I didn't want another Halloran," Morris testified. Still, he didn't panic until 1995 when Bulger and his alleged accomplice Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi, were indicted. "I knew that I was clearly compromised in my responsibilities in anything to do with Mr. Bulger and Mr. Flemmi," Morris said on the stand. Later he added: "I certainly didn't want my bad behavior known."

He said he did not want to be taken out by Bulger either. A phone call from the fugitive gangster nearly scared Morris to death when Bulger told him he better set the record straight with a Boston newspaper that had reported the legendary South Boston gangster had been a longtime FBI informant. Soon after that phone call, Morris testified, he went into full cardiac arrest. "I couldn't take it anymore," Morris told the court. "I had to get out."

Once again it appeared Bulger's defense team was intent on preserving his criminal reputation rather than win their client's acquittal. "The truth is, Mr. Morris, Mr. Bulger was buying (information), he wasn't selling, was he?" Brennan asked Morris. "I didn't interpret it as a quid pro quo," Morris replied.

Mass. Rests!

Posted: 4:51 AM EDT, Sat July 27, 2013 - Updated 6:51 AM PDT, Sat Aug. 24, 2013
"'I am Whitey Bulger'."
-- James "Whitey" Bulger, to FBI Agent Scott Garriola in 2011, during his arrest after sixteen years on the lam.

Boston, Massachusetts (WCJB) -- The prosecution in the federal trial of alleged mobster James "Whitey" Bulger rested its case Friday, after calling 63 witnesses over 30 days. Bulger rose to the top of the notorious Winter Hill gang, prosecutors say, before he went into hiding for more than 16 years after a crooked FBI agent, John Connolly (pictured below, center) told him in December 1994 that he was about to be indicted on federal racketeering charges. Bulger is charged in the deaths of 19 people during two decades. He also faces charges of extortion, racketeering and money laundering. The defense will begin to present its case Monday and intends to call about 16 witnesses. Defense counsel has not made it clear whether it will call the defendant.

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In court on Friday, the prosecution's last witness, an FBI agent on the Los Angeles fugitive task force, placed just under $822,000 in cash in airtight plastic casing and 30 guns on a table, and jurors gazed, flinching at the sound of the weapons being checked that they were unloaded. The agent, Scott Garriola, testified that he pulled these items from Bulger's Santa Monica apartment in 2011 the day he led the notorious mobster, then one of the FBI's top 10 most wanted fugitives, out of his fortress on a ruse that his storage locker had been broken into. "We asked him to get down on his knees on the ground, he swore at us a few times, told us he wasn't getting on his knees and that there was grease on the floor," Garriola told the jury Friday. "There was harsh exchange back and forth, then he got on the floor and was cuffed." When Garriola asked Bulger to identify himself, Bulger told the agent his name was Charles Gasko, one of several aliases Bulger used during the 16 years he was on the lam.

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Garriola says he threatened to go upstairs and ask Bulger's then-girlfriend, Catherine Grieg (pictured above, center) under the alias of Carrol Gasko, if she could produce identification that might prove Bulger was the notorious crime boss of the South Boston underworld. Garriola said then, Bulger's demeanor changed. " 'Well, you know who I am,' he says. 'I am Whitey Bulger,' " Garriola testified. He asked if there were weapons in the apartment. "Yeah, there are plenty of weapons and they are all loaded," Bulger told him, Garriola testified. Later, Garriola told the jury that Bulger advised him that only the handguns were loaded.

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At the apartment, the weapons were hidden under towels on windowsills, and in the walls with more cash. Garriola identified each of the 30 weapons for the jury: shotguns, revolvers, semiautomatic pistols, Magnums, specials and Berettas. He said they were all tested and determined to be operable. Garriola said he asked if Bulger had the guns to "shoot it out" with anyone that tried to capture him. He said Bulger replied, "No, because a stray bullet may hit someone." The weapons and fat stacks of cash were strewn across the table in front of Bulger, who probably saw them for the last time Friday.

When Garriola asked if he was going to need a SWAT team to remove Grieg from the apartment, Bulger assured the FBI agent that "She's never held a gun." Garriola went upstairs with a team to get Grieg, who asked to change before heading to the garage where officers were holding Bulger.

Outside, Garriola said he asked the couple for consent to search the apartment. "They are gonna get it I don't want to delay this," Bulger said to his girlfriend, Garriola testified. As he signed off the on the search warrant, Garriola said, Bulger said it was "the first time I have signed this name in a long time" as he wrote James J. Bulger. Garriola said Bulger was extremely cooperative, even helping the agents do a sweep of his apartment, pointing out were all the guns, money and weapons were hidden. He asked for future consideration for Grieg, Garriola said. Grieg is now serving eight years on charges that she aided a fugitive.

As a fugitive, Bulger kept tabs on former associates. He read a novel by his former drug pusher, John "Red" Shea, titled "Rat Bastards," and he read "Brutal," written by his enforcer and "surrogate son," Kevin Weeks. Bulger also did research on how to stay hidden, reading "How to Find Missing Persons" and "Secrets of a Back-Alley ID Man." Authorities found fake IDs stuffed behind mirrors and in walls, including Social Security cards, birth certificates, prescription cards, fake business cards, work permits and even casino loyalty cards. In Nevada, Bulger was Sidney Terry. In California, he was gambler James William Lawlor. In New York, he was Donald Gene Gould and worked at a movie theater.

Earlier Friday, an IRS special agent who spent 18 years in a money laundering investigation of Bulger testified that she spent "thousands of hours" reviewing documents, never finding so much as one record of Bulger holding legitimate employment. What she did find was that on many occasions, Bulger, his henchman Stephen Flemmi and enforcer Weeks "made it look like they were getting wages to conceal their illegal activity." Special Agent Sandra Lemanski said she found 67 monthly mortgage payment checks deposited in an account shared by Bulger and his brother John "Jackie" Bulger, who has been sitting front row virtually every day of trial.

On the stand Thursday afternoon, bar owner Kevin O'Neil, one of the O's in "Triple O's Bar," an establishment that doubled as one of Bulger's many headquarters in the 1970s and '80s. In the 1980s, Bulger had been charging Kevin O'Neil legitimate rent to operate a liquor store on their property, O'Neil testified Thursday. O'Neil was also involved in collecting "rent" from bookies for Bulger -- essentially a tax paid to the underworld mob boss to operate criminally in South Boston. Bulger put the heat on O'Neil and said he was going to sell the property, unless O'Neill agreed to buy it. O'Neil decided to take a loan from Bulger and agreed to pay $400,000 for the property. Documents in court show that Bulger bought out his partners Weeks and Flemmi for $40,000 that same day. O'Neil paid off his debt by giving Bulger $4672.96 a month for seven years between 1990 and 1997. This extends past the time that Bulger went on the run, in 1995. "I thought he would come back," O'Neil said. O'Neil also said he had Bulger on the "Triple O's Bar" payroll, but he was never an employee.

When prosecuting attorney Zachary Hafer asked why he was on the payroll, O'Neil responded, "He asked."

Hafer: "Why didn't you say 'No'"?

O'Neil: "I didn't think it was smart."

O'Neil testified that in Christmas of 1994 he got a call from Connolly, who said, "Get ahold of the kid because his friend has a problem."

In rapid-fire questioning, Hafer asked, The Kid?--"Kevin Weeks"; the friend?--"Jim Bulger"; the problem? --"I believe indictments."

O'Neil testified that he then saw Connolly talking to Weeks shortly after that call.

O'Neil said he never saw Bulger again after that day.

Prosecutors say Connolly tipped Bulger off to a 1995 indictment, causing Bulger to go on the run, landing himself on the FBI's top 10 most wanted list before being arrested in California.

Besides the slayings, Bulger is accused of using violence, force and threats to shake down South Boston's bookmakers, loan sharks and drug dealers. The Irish mob allegedly laundered its ill-gotten gains though liquor stores, bars and other property it owned in South Boston.

Whitey's Realty!

Posted: 4:45 PM EDT, Thu July 25, 2013 - Updated: 9:02 PM PDT, Sat. Aug. 24, 2013

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Boston, Massachusetts (WCJB) -- Pounding his fist on the witness stand Thursday, real-estate developer Richard Buccheri, 73, described the day he came face-to-face with Boston's alleged Irish mob kingpin James "Whitey" Bulger (pictured above, center-left). He had called Buccheri to a meeting to discuss the positioning of a fence on a property Bulger associate Kevin Weeks (pictured above, center-right) wanted to buy, Buccheri said. He said they had barely sat down when Bulger banged on the table and told Buccheri, "You know Rich, sometimes you should just keep your mouth shut. You know Kevin Weeks is like a surrogate son." Buccheri's opinion on the positioning of the fence was not favorable to Weeks. Raising two fingers to his mouth to demonstrate, Buccheri said Bulger "takes a shotgun off the table and sticks it in my mouth. Then he took it out, punched me in the shoulder and said, 'Richard you're a stand-up guy. I'm not going to kill you." But then, he said, Bulger "puts a 45 to my head" and demands $200,000 in 30 days, "threatening to kill me and my family." Buccheri said he cut a check for the 200-grand, which Bulger's henchman, Steve Flemmi cashed days later. Buccheri said he had to give a Braintree bank teller verbal permission to cash the gargantuan check.

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Steve Flemmi (pictured above, center-left) finished up his six days of testimony Thursday. He described a decades-long journey that included extortion, meetings with FBI agents and slayings. Flemmi testified he was by Bulger's side for most of it, saying both were FBI informants. He described hundreds of occasions when he and Bulger (pictured above, center-right) met with FBI agents. Flemmi was arrested in 1995, was found guilty and was sentenced in 2001 to 10 years in prison for extortion and money laundering. In 2003 he pleaded guilty 10 murders and was sentenced to life in prison. Under Flemmi's plea deal, the government allowed him to keep numerous properties including a home, at least four condos and a coin laundry.

The defense suggested Wednesday that Flemmi would say anything to sweeten his deal with prosecutors and possibly get out of prison, even though the government has never raised that as a possibility. Bulger's attorney asked Flemmi whether he hoped to get out of prison one day, and Flemmi said, "I'm still alive. There's always hope." He also highlighted Flemmi's relatively comfortable living conditions. "It's like the Club Med of federal facilities," he said. "You really think so?" Flemmi responded, apparently incredulous, about the undisclosed prison.

Bulger's attorney also asked about an apparent delicatessen on the premises serving salmon, steak, and smoked oysters. Flemmi denied such a place exists, saying, "If I fed some of that food to my dog, he'd bite me." He then complained about the July Fourth prison meal saying disgustedly, "The hotdogs were burned. The hamburgers were burned."

Flemmi was spared the death penalty on the 10 murder charges after agreeing to testify against Bulger and his disgraced FBI informant handler, John Connolly (pictured below, center). Authorities say Connolly, who was raised in the same housing projects as Bulger, cut a deal with the alleged mob figure in 1975. Bulger would give information about the Italian mob -- the FBI's prime target -- while Bulger, authorities said, got names of rival gang members and other informants who had dirt on him. He is accused of killing those people. Without that FBI protection, prosecutors say, Bulger and Flemmi's reign of terror would not have been as successful or lasted as long as it did, from the early 1970s through the mid-1990s. Authorities also say Connolly accepted thousands of dollars from Bulger and his crew in payoffs and, in turn, tipped them off to law enforcement activity. Connolly was convicted of federal and state crimes and is serving 40 years in Florida. Despite Connolly's conviction and Flemmi's testimony, Bulger's lawyers have argued in this trial that he was not an FBI informant.

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Through his lawyers, the 83-year-old defendant had argued he was given immunity by the FBI and a former prosecutor. The judge dismissed the claim, saying any purported immunity was not a defense against crimes Bulger faces. The defenses amended witness list, which was cut virtually in half to 32 witnesses last week, was whittled down to a potential 16 witnesses after Judge Denise Casper ruled some witnesses irrelevant and the defense withdrew a handful. The list is subject to further change. Among those virtually certain to testify are four FBI agents who the defense says will testify Bulger was not an informant for FBI in Boston.

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The late U.S. attorney Jeremiah O'Sullivan is seen in this photo. Attorneys for Bulger contend that the former federal prosecutor gave the Winter Hill Gang boss immunity. Former members federal attorney's office in Boston may be called to testify, including Robert Mueller, who became FBI director and William Weld, who became Massachusetts' governor.


The government argued that Bulger is not "charged" with being an informant and the testimony could confuse jurors. But Casper said that, "given the centrality of the government's allegation of Bulger being an informant to all of the matters in this case, I think those are proper witnesses."

Whitey's A Pedophile!

Posted: Tuesday, July 23, 2013, 10:17 PM - Updated: Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, 10:17 PM PDT

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Boston mobster Stephen ‘The Rifleman’ Flemmi, is seen at left. At right is Debra Davis, top, James ‘Whitey’ Bulger, center, and Deborah Hussey, bottom.

Boston, Massachusetts (WCJB) -- Mobster Whitey Bulger, having previously been called a rat and a killer, was portrayed as a pedophile by Stephen (The Rifleman) Flemmi, a leg-breaker, who admits to bedding his own teen stepdaughter. Flemmi testified that the 83-year-old Boston gangster once took a 16-year-old girl to Mexico. However, before Flemmi, 79, could dish dirt on Bulger’s south-of-the-border tryst with the teen, Bulger's defense attorney grilled him about his own sexual shenanigans with two teenagers. Flemmi admitted having sexual relationships in the mid-1980s with 17-year-old Debbie Davis and his own stepdaughter, Debra Hussey, who had just turned 18.“ If you want to talk about pedophilia, look across the table,” Flemmi shot back in Boston Federal Court, referring to Bulger.

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Prosecutors said Bulger killed Davis and Hussey (remains pictured above, center) because they knew too much about his crimes. Flemmi admits he disposed of the bodies, even extracting teeth from Hussey to make identification of the corpse difficult.

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Whitey's Pathology!

Posted: 10:52 AM EDT, Tue July 16, 2013 - Updated: 9:44 PM PDT, Sat. Aug. 24, 2013

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(Pictured Above: Edward Connors, an alleged victim of a fatal shooting by Whitey Bulger and Stephen Flemmi, slumped in a Dorchester phone booth in 1975! Connors worked with the Winter Hill Gang, but was not a full-fledged member, according to statements from Stephen Flemmi. He got whacked in a Dorchester phone booth in 1975, according to Flemmi, because he spoke to openly about his role in the killing of James O'Toole. Flemmi said that he and Bulger were ordered to shoot Connors by Howie Winter, who was then the head of the Winter Hill Gang.)

Boston, Massachusetts (WCJB) -- Federal prosecutors have lain at the feet of reputed Boston mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger, 19 gang-land homicides. On Monday, a Massachusetts pathologist, Richard John Evans, the state's former chief medical examiner, described gunshot wounds to the temple, neck, spinal cord or heart in graphic detail. The jury in Bulger's federal racketeering and murder trial was both riveted and visibly uneasy during Evans' testimony, with some of them holding their hands over their mouths as he outlined the damage inflicted by bullets in 17 of the 19 murder cases. Jurors squirmed Monday as Evans detailed the wounds inflicted on the 19 bodies. Other jurors twisted in their chairs during the testimony, while many intently took notes. But about eight victims into the litany of death certificates, the jurors appeared more relaxed.

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(Remains of Deb Davis, pictured above, center) Most of the victims were shot repeatedly in the head or neck, Evans testified. They included William O'Brien, who was expecting a baby boy when he was shot 20 times on a Boston boulevard in 1973. "The most significant of the 20 was a wound to his right shoulder which pierced the spinal cord and lodged in his neck region," Evans explained. "It severed the spinal cord five centimeters from the bottom of the brain stem, which would make breathing impossible."

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Former gang associate Francis "Buddy" Leonard (pictured above, center) was found in 1975 riddled with 13 bullets, including two to the left side of the head and one in the neck, according to his death certificate.

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Another victim, Brian Halloran (pictured above, center) was shot 14 times in 1975. All of the shots were "through-and-throughs," with all bullets passing completely through the body, Evans testified.

Dead alongside him was Michael Donahue, Evans testified, a friend who wasn't affiliated with Boston's criminal gangs. Donahue was giving Halloran a ride home from a bar; his cause of death was "a gunshot wound to back of head that went into his brain," Evans explained. Former FBI Agent Gerald Montanari previously testified that Halloran was a "mid-level strong arm" who had agreed to wear a listening device and testify against Bulger and his associates. He was protected by the FBI and stationed in a safe house on Cape Cod until he began to "waffle" about entering into the witness protection program and refused a polygraph, Montanari said. Montanari said the FBI cut ties with Halloran in 1982. The mobster was found shot to death shortly afterward, and earlier testimony stated that Bulger had Halloran killed after his FBI handler tipped him off to Halloran's cooperation.

Donahue's son, Tommy Donahue, sat with his head in his hands and his eyes closed during the description of the shot that killed his father. "Going through it was rough, but I know every word on that death certificate," Donahue said after Monday's testimony. He brandished the document, which he has carried to court every day since the beginning of the trial, as he spoke.

Prosecutors say Bulger had a nearly 20-year reign of terror as the head of the Winter Hill Gang, the Irish mob that once terrorized South Boston. But during much of that time, they say, he was an FBI informant, and that rogue FBI agents tipped him off to his impending arrest and allowed him to flee a 1995 indictment. Now 83, Bulger was captured in California in 2011 and brought back to Boston for trial, where a succession of mob figures have tied him to the killings.

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John Martorano (pictured above, center) who has admitted to killing 20 people, including two teenagers, has strolled into the federal courthouse in South Boston over several days of testimony as a free man, part of an agreement he reached with federal prosecutors in exchange for his testimony about James “Whitey” Bulger and the gangster’s corrupt relationship with the FBI. Former hit man Martorano -- now the government's star witness -- recounted Bulger's involvement in 13 killings, including O'Brien's and Leonard's.

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Roger Wheeler had just climbed into this car outside a Tulsa country club when he was fatally shot by John Martorano.

Lawyers and law enforcement officials say even if they despise Martorano, the government’s deal with him was a necessary evil to expose the broader history of Bulger’s reign of terror, unsolved murders, and FBI corruption. “They would never have gotten the truth without him,” said Anthony Cardinale, a Boston attorney who represented Mafia head Francis P. “Cadillac Frank” Salemme during the 1998 federal court hearings that exposed the secret relationship of Bulger and Stephen Flemmi with the FBI.

Martorano, a 72-year-old father of five, has turned heads over several days in Bulger’s racketeering trial with his uncensored testimony as he has described the 20 killings, seemingly without emotion. He implicated Bulger in 11 of the killings when he began cooperating with authorities after Bulger and Flemmi were exposed as informants in 1998. Serving as the backdrop of his testimony is the controversial deal that has allowed him to remain a free man.

Martorano was sentenced to only 14 years in prison, and served 12 of them, after pleading guilty to racketeering, extortion, and money laundering charges. He admitted to 20 murders, but none of his testimony could be used against him. He was released from prison in 2007. In exchange, he agreed to testify about his former cohorts and their relationship with the FBI. Michael Huff, a retired detective who investigated the Robert Wheeler (pictured below, center) killing — committed by Martorano allegedly at Bulger’s urging — said the deal was the best scenario under the circumstances.

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Martorano’s cooperation also opened a floodgate for others to testify against Bulger and Flemmi, leading to charges of murder against Bulger, Flemmi, and Bulger’s FBI handler John J. Connolly Jr. Martorano believed that “you can’t rat on a rat,” as he has testified before in Miami. Martorano also helped implicate other law enforcement officers including former FBI agent H. Paul Rico, who died before he could go to trial. “The decision was made that without Martorano’s testimony the FBI’s involvement in Boston crime, a matter of huge public importance, would not have been fully illuminated,” Weinberg said.

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Former associate Kevin Weeks implicated Bulger in three more murders, including that of Halloran -- whose body was "bouncing off the ground" with every shot, he testified. Prosecutors used testimony later from Bulger's former partner and fellow informant Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi to lock up their case.

Weeks, Flemmi and Martorano have all testified in exchange for reduced sentences in other murders.

Family Ties!


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Boston, Massachusetts - William Michael "Billy" Bulger (pictured above, center-right, with the late Senator Edward Kennedy) is a retired American Democratic Party politician, lawyer, and educator from South Boston, Massachusetts, who for many years was President of the Massachusetts Senate and president of the University of Massachusetts. He was first elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1961. After serving four terms, Bulger was elected to the Massachusetts State Senate in 1970 representing the First Suffolk District. He was elected President of the Massachusetts State Senate in 1978 and was re-elected every two years to 1996, making his time as State Senate President the longest tenure in Massachusetts history. Bulger joined other Irish American neighborhood leaders in opposition to court-ordered desegregated busing.

Bulger was appointed President of the University of Massachusetts by the Board of Trustees on November 28, 1995. His candidacy for the UMass position was supported by Republican Governor William Weld.

He was forced to resign from the office of president of the University of Massachusetts after it was revealed that he had communicated with his fugitive brother, James "Whitey" Bulger, Jr. Bulger's older brother James "Whitey" Bulger, Jr., is a convicted former Boston crime boss stemming from charges of murder and several other crimes. Whitey was a fugitive from justice from 1995 until his arrest in June 2011. William Bulger's role in his brother's escape from authorities is a matter of some dispute.

On June 19, 2003, he testified to a House of Representatives committee about an incident in which, while still President of the Massachusetts State Senate, he "went to an arranged location in 1995 to take a call from his fugitive brother, apparently to avoid electronic eavesdropping. He said that accepting the call from the gangster without bothering to inform the FBI was 'in no way inconsistent with my devotion to my own responsibilities, my public responsibilities.'"

During the hearing, when asked what he thought James (Whitey) did for a living, William Bulger said:

"I had the feeling that he was in the business of gaming and... whatever. It was vague to me but I didn't think, for a long while he had some jobs but ultimately it was clear that he was not being, you know, he wasn't doing what I'd like him to do."

He added that he loves his brother and hopes that the most brutal rumors concerning him will be proven false. As fallout from these remarks, he was forced out by then-Governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney from his position as president of the University of Massachusetts in 2003.

On August 6, 2003, Bulger announced that he would resign as President of the system effective September 1, 2003. His resignation came due to pressure from Governor Mitt Romney after Bulger had refused to cooperate with authorities who were searching for his brother, notorious mobster "Whitey" Bulger.

Bulger is a past president of the Boston Public Library Board of Trustees and continues to serve on the board. He is also Overseer Emeritus of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. In addition, he is a former member of the Massachusetts General Hospital Board of Trustees, Museum of Fine Arts Board of Trustees, McLean Hospital Board of Trustees and Citizens Bank of Massachusetts Board of Directors. He joined the faculties of Boston College and Suffolk University as a lecturer of political science in 2004. Bulger lives in South Boston with Mary, his wife whom he married in 1960. They have nine children and 33 grandchildren. According to the list of State pensions, Bulger is currently receiving a pension from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts at a rate of $198,205.92 annually.

Mass. Abuse!



Franklin, Massachusetts (WCJB) -- A former Massachusetts state chemist accused of misconduct in thousands of criminal cases was arraigned in two different courts last week on additional charges relating to her alleged false claims about holding a master's degree in chemistry. In one court, Annie Dookhan, 34, of Franklin, Massachusetts, pleaded not guilty to three counts of obstruction of justice in Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn, Massachusetts. Her next court date there is February 8 for a pre-trial conference.

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PepsiCo thought it would be a good idea to let Tyler, The Creator direct online Mountain Dew commercials for them. Amazingly, that decision somehow blew up in their faces. Tyler’s series of ads revolves around a nefarious goat named Felicia who talks in Tyler’s voice and who wreaks annoying havoc on anyone around. In the ad in question, Felicia is part of a police lineup, one otherwise populated exclusively by black men, as a beat-up elderly white woman freaks out with fear about identifying her attacker. This is, of course, played for laughs. As sources reported, a Pepsi spokesperson apologized for the ad and “said [the company] understood how the ad could be offensive.” The ad has since been pulled from YouTube, but thanks to the editor at Corrupt Justice™, you can watch it above.

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MR.UNTOUCHABLE - THE NICKY BARNES STORY



Leroy Nicholas "Nicky" Barnes (Born: October 15, 1933 (age 79)) is a government informant, former drug lord and crime boss, who led the notorious African-American criminal organization known as The Council, which controlled the heroin trade in Harlem, New York during the 1970's.


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