There was always talk that the fibbies looked the other way when it came to Bulger because he was an informant. But was he really? Based on what I saw in this documentary, the answer was no... or at least more no than yes.
Let's take every hardened criminal in a maximum security prison and dump them on ISIS. Let's plunk the Crips and Bloods down on the Iraq Syria border. We'll kill two birds with one stone. We'll empty out our prisons and have a worthy opponent for ISIS.
Begin Again comes from writer-director John Carney, who burst forth with Once a few years ago. This film, which stars Keira Knightly and Mark Ruffalo (among others), captures the same blend of wistful emotions and life-affirming musical energy as that 2006 hit.
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While the U.S. Attorney's office secured 30-plus convictions, in some respects salvaging a modicum of respect for the system, Whitey and his lawyers not only exposed but completely undressed the unsavory and amoral corruption that was rampant in the FBI and DOJ during Whitey's reign in Boston.
Boston law enforcement authorities' bitterness and mistrust of past FBI actions, on view at Whitey Bulger's ongoing trial, have bubbled to the surface in the aftermath of Boston Marathon terror bombing.
Who are they? What is their background? Do they like the danger and the money? Or hate it. Stay or leave? If they're religious, how do they reconcile their ethical teachings? How are their lives affected?
Are we taking "seeing the best in others" too far, or are we driven by self-interest - ignoring the signs for the possibility of a winning team, making money or "keeping the peace" in a family or relationship?
The only way to ensure that that these informers do not abuse the system is to keep them on a very tight leash -- ever mindful that their goal, and their probity may be a totally different than that of their handlers.
Martorano, a divorced father of five appeared tired, yet well fed, in his expensive Italian blue suit and tie as he took the stand to testify against his old friend Whitey Bulger.
"This is why I stay and fight--I want to show that my husband Michael was an innocent person and that he wasn't involved with anything having to do with Whitey." Those poignant words came during our wide-ranging conversation with Patricia Donahue several days ago.
If not now, then when? The upcoming trial of Whitey Bulger marks the time for the murdered victims' families to tell the world who and what has been taken from them.
I anticipated seeing a defeated elderly man, but it was quite the opposite. Those cold blue-gray eyes revealed a man in control, a criminal mastermind who plans to take the stand this summer and share secrets -- secrets some had hoped would be forever buried along with the dead.
It's a sad day for the criminal justice system in the country when a respected and esteemed judge like Richard Stearns can be removed from a trial based on desperate and groundless claims from a renowned madman.
Outside the courthouse, Carney denied that Bulger was even an informant for the government! How can that be true when evidence exists that Bulger helped the Feds take down the Italian mob in the North End, which paved the way for his criminal empire?