Jordan’s letter was the first from a government official writing in an official capacity to Judge Tauro who was to sentence Connolly. He closed saying due to Connolly’s betrayal, “the FBI suggests that the Court seriously consider the upper range of the sentencing guidelines in this matter.”
I do not suggest Connolly was an angel. His letter to Judge Wolf, his attempts to help Steve Flemmi and others get out of prison I find abhorrent. (Although I must admit Durham and Wyshak have managed to keep Flemmi out of federal Bureau of Prisons and let him keep much of his money.) It is not only those things but others that make me realize Connolly made some big mistakes and recognize he deserved some punishment.
But to be sentenced to prison for life for what he did based on the words of murderers is something far beyond any understanding of how the American justice system should work. Consider the story Salemme told the CS. He said the prosecutors dealt with him in such a manner that he felt to get his deal he had to tell them what they wanted to hear, not the truth, and that “he had never seen anyone so ‘obsessed’ with getting someone” and “the prosecutors wanted Connolly more than Gotti and they considered Connolly ‘public enemy number 1” and that he “could not understand why the prosecutors were so worried about getting [Connolly] . . .that they were willing to let him go on his murders. . . . “
The prosecutors were John Durham and his associates. If they dealt with Salemme in that manner you can be sure they did the same thing to the other murderers who testified against Connolly. As I pointed out, they even condoned or if not that minimized Salemme’s perjury.
Nothing Connolly did makes him deserving of dying in prison. The Bill of Rights Amendment VIII tells us that “cruel and unusual punishment” should not be inflicted? Examining the total circumstances of his case makes one conclude he has faced something quite cruel and highly unusual.
I was a prosecutor for over twenty years. I know if I were involved in a prosecution where a person was in Connolly’s position I would have acted to remedy it. But I never had a personal vendetta against a person. I represented the people of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and not myself. I was never in a position where, as Salemme said, they would do anything to get Connolly. Unfortunately, here The way they handled this case corroborated Salemme’s assertions.
I understand why Durham and Wyshak are not in court attempting to rectify this wrong. They had a personal vendetta against Connolly. They tried him in Boston using perjurer Salemme; and the same team led by Wyshak tried him in Florida. Their personal involvement should have had them step aside from the case. What kind of people are they to use the powers of the United States to go after an individual for their personal beliefs? Not only that, what kind of outfit is the FBI to send an agent who worked for over 20 years to prison for life just to cover up its own foul deeds?
The history of the Connolly case causes me great fear about Durham. His personal involvement and his willingness to support the use of perjury to put a person in prison until he dies should give everyone pause. Is it he will do anything to get something on someone in the Obama Administration before this fall. Is that why Trump said: “I look forward to Bull Durham’s report — that’s the one I look forward to.”
Are we to expect he will come out with a report or indictments upholding the Trump/Barr theories in an attempt to affect the election? Won’t he be pushed to doing it by Trump’s consiglieri AG Barr. If he has no qualms about an FBI agent being given sentences to prison that will amount to almost forty years, clearly a death sentence, based on spurious charges and court decisions, isn’t that what we can expect.
I hope not. There should be nothing from Durham between now and the election. If there is, then you understand American justice is not what it is cracked up to be.