Next Monday there will be a hearing in federal court in Boston. I believe they will be setting a schedule for the filing of substantive motions — you know, the kind where Whitey will have to be present in the courtroom. That should bring in the crowds since the status hearings which are much ado about nothing fill the courtroom to about 75%.
When Whitey is brought in there will be the additional security that the government likes to throw at these things. They’ll be helicopters, patrol boats, armored cars, guys dressed in black with frightening looking weapons, others dressed in plain clothes with subtle ear pieces, and additional check points. I haven’t been there when Whitey is brought in. I’ll keep you posted as to what it’s like when it happens. But before then, I’ll also update you next Monday after the hearing or Tuesday morning, at the latest, on what is going on with the trial.
I don’t know how many of you view my comments section on-line. I’ve been receiving some compelling comments on various topics surrounding these issues. It’s almost like I’ve set up a guest blog, of sorts, since other people, mostly anonymous, have a chance to give their two cents worth. I answer every comment by giving back my penny’s worth. If you haven’t seen it, take a peek.
One thing nice about it is that I don’t get any trash comments. Some write asking good questions; others are trying to understand some of the things better; others challenging what I wrote. All this is good as we work to keep our nation as a place where police protect us, not rule us.
One person who comments has a lot of information on Kevin Weeks that seems quite factual. Her comments made me go back and consider the whole Southie scene. I wondered who is running the rackets in Southie and whether that person, or those persons, are being protected by the FBI. That is something of horror that I hadn’t considered.
Another couple of persons who comment are upset at the Bobby George case. Bobby George as a young lawyer worked in the DAs office in Dedham (Norfolk) when he first started out practicing. He worked pretty much exclusively for Bob Banks, who was a premier defense lawyer, prosecutor and judge. Banks was what you would call a “class act.” Banks passed away in October 2010.
Bobby George was convicted of money laundering in a very contentious trial in federal court. Unfortunately, I didn’t follow Bobby’s trial that much. I knew the defense bar did not think Bobby would be convicted. Bobby himself wrote a letter predicting he would prevail. From what I heard some strange things happened at his trial like one of Bobby’s defense lawyers handled most of the case and another came in at the end to do an argument to the jury.
It’s apparently a new thing to have more than one lawyer try a case in front of a jury. Like many new things it’s a bad idea. Without getting into it too much, when a jury is listening to a case, it is not only weighing the evidence it is affected by the trial lawyer to a certain extent. It watches him or her work. Each juror decides whether they think the lawyer is on the level and is worthy of belief. A certain vibe is created between counsel and the jury for better or worse. When the lawyer stands up for a final argument, especially in a case that has lasted for a week or more, the jury has a certain feeling for that lawyer. It has been living with him for five or more hours for days in a row.
The lawyer who tries the case also has a better idea of the evidence than a kibitzer lawyer who will come in and disappear. Believe it or not, a lot of the case happens during the hours of midnight to five when the lawyer sleeps and the happenings are sorted out in his or her mind. I’ve often woken up in the middle of the night during a trial and figured something out that I had missed earlier.
If Bobby had a tag team defending him it was unwise. Another thing I know about the case is the jury was out for four hours, a very short time for such a difficult case. That seemed to indicate the jury had no trouble coming to a verdict. One juror said all they needed were the tapes. Apparently they are very damning. Bobby is scheduled to be sentenced later this month.
Other people who comment bring up good points about the system of justice as reflected by the happenings in federal court and the dealings of the prosecutors. One of their main points is to ask how can a prosecutor put a known liar on the stand. I’ll write on that tomorrow.
Certain of those commenting have made me take a second look at John Connolly. I agree with them that he should not be incarcerated in Florida but not for the reasons that they put forth; but I do not agree that he wasn’t rightfully convicted in Boston as I claim in my book Don’t Embarrass The Family.
Early on I had the author of one of the books on Whitey write in alleging I knew nothing about what I was writing. He made a claim in his book that he had taken down Anguilo’s Mafia operation when he was in Boston. I wrote back to him telling him that he had nothing to do with it, but if he did, please explain. He stopped writing.
I know you are all busy and there are zillions of things to read, to watch, and to do. But if you want to delve more into some of these matters then go to the comment section on the blog. You’ll find it interesting.