Whitey never murdered a woman. Stevie Flemmi murdered two of them, his girlfriend and his step-daughter. Yikes, imagine killing your step-daughter who as Whitey’s attorney Hank Brennan noted sat on his lap as a child and called him daddy. Imagine that Flemmi is now palling around with Asst U.S. attorney Fred Wyshak who has arranged for him to keep at least half of the money he made while a criminal and avoid doing time in the federal prison system. No one knows where he is now located – he admitted murdering forty to fifty people but probably it was only half of that. They are executing people in some parts of the country for one or two murders but the federal prosecutors are protecting guys like Flemmi.
According to the polls Biden is in the lead, Warren and Bernie Sanders are closing in on his heels, and Kamala Harris and Mayor Pete a little bit behind them. The debate is being held a little over a year before the Democratic convention which is to take place in Milwaukee in the middle of July 2020. There is one thing for certain which is by the time the convention rolls around we cannot even guess at who will be the nominee.
Perhaps by the time of the Iowa caucus next February 3 or the New Hampshire and South Carolina primaries the following week the field would have thinned out somewhat and one or more of those in the lead will still be there.
Aside from the five I have mentioned, there are fifteen others who will debate and another half-dozen who are still biting at the bit to get in on the action. Of the latter group I know something about Seth Moulton mainly because he was a Marine and is a Massachusetts congressman.
Catherine Greig was James J. “Whitey” Bulger’s partner, girlfriend, common-law-wife, or however else you wish to describe her for most of his 16 years on the run. Prior to that time for many years she and Theresa Stanley were his girls at one time or another, even perhaps on the same day. There seemed little doubt that she was in love with Whitey. Like any woman who lived with a guy she helped him out in his daily needs running to the store for him etc.
Catherine Greig is unusual in this whole Whitey Bulger saga. She is the only one who kept her mouth shut throughout it. She is the only one who paid a price for keeping her mouth shut. The latter came about when she was dragged back in front of a grand jury after having received the highest sentence in American history for a person with no prior record who committed a non violent and non drug related crime. Already doing a totally inappropriate sentence from a judge who threw judicial ethics out the window and allowed people to come in and castigate her for something she had no connection with, she was brought before a second judge who told her that her continuing refusal to give testimony to the grand jury might well cause him to sentence her to life in prison.
Matthew 6: “But thou when thou shalt pray, enter into thy chamber, and having shut the door, pray to thy Father in secret, and thy father who seeth in secret will repay thee. . . . Thus therefore shall you pray: Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our supersubstantial bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation. But deliver us from evil. Amen. “
Luke 11: ” . . . one of his disciples said to him: Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples. And he said to them: When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation. . . .”
If you never heard about her let me first assure you she was not part of the Genovese Mafia family. She was a twenty-eight year old woman who managed a bar, working two shifts a day, saving money in the hopes of opening an Italian restaurant. She was coming home around 3:00 a.m. when she was attacked and murdered.
What gave her such publicity were the stories that popped up after her body was found outside her apartment building. She had been stabbed multiple times and sexually assaulted. The story went that while she was screaming for help during the attack on her that more than two dozen people watched it happen and no one did anything to help her.
People were outraged. How could it be that no one tried to assist this young woman during her attack? There was national revulsion. It would be studied for decades after.
One person noted, “It seemed to explain something about urban life — how neighbors in the cold, unfeeling city would watch someone die and make no effort to help.”
DA Michael O’Keefe on Cape Cod has gone public in his criticism of DA Rachael Rollins the newly elected district attorney in Boston. As I noted Wednesday this is highly unusual so it raises the question what is behind it?
To start off it seems that O’Keefe should recognize that his office being located on the Cape is dealing with an entirely different population than that of Rollins. It seems rather impudent for him in Barnstable County where the population of 220,000 people is 92% white, 2% Hispanic and 1% black to be suggesting that the DA of Suffolk County where the population of 725,000 is 55% white, 19% Hispanic and 21% black is improperly administering her office.
O’Keefe has been a prosecutor for 36 years; Rollins is just starting up in the job. She comes to the job with a fresh approach based on the constituency which she represents which is entirely different from that of O’Keefe’s. She has been on the job less than half a year and for some inexplicable reason she is being attacked. What is particular disappointing about this is it was totally unnecessary.
Mueller spoke out about his investigation. Trump’s weak weeping response was: “Nothing changes from the Mueller Report. There was insufficient evidence and therefore, in our Country, a person is innocent. The case is closed! Thank you.”
There was that statement by Mueller that “there was insufficient evidence to charge a broader conspiracy” between the Trump campaign’s response to Russian attempts to interfere with the election. But that was only part of the story because the insufficiency of the evidence came about because of the evidence that Trump obstructed the investigation.
Trump suggests that makes him innocent. I suppose that’s like Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS) saying he is innocent of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi because there is insufficient evidence. Of course there was because MBS made sure those who could give the evidence were unable to do so. Trump’s innocence is equivalent to Khashoggi’s.
The summer is here. It’s not the calendar summer but the traffic summer which poured out on Memorial Day and will continue to pour out from those living in the environs of the city to the lakes and oceans and their beaches and water sports, not least of them fishing. The days of sun and vacation are upon us.
Thus is seems strange to start this season with reading a missive in a local newspaper which seems to have brought out something usually handled in a more discreet manner. It is the unhappiness of one district attorney with the manner in which another one is handling her office.
The district attorney from the Cape and Island has decided to demean the actions of the Suffolk County district attorney in a public forum. This is unheard of among the close-knit brotherhood (sisterhood?) of state prosecutors. They have had their differences in the past but usually kept them in-house. It had always been recognized that people could best settle their differences in that manner since they involved personal approaches to handling criminal matters.