The Florida appeals decision in Connolly’s case reminds me of the story of this well-educated black man John Jackson who went to vote in Florida during its Jim Crow days where blacks were not allowed to vote unless they passed a test. The test consisted of three questions: the first he had to name the generals who were in the Mexican American war who would become presidential candidates; next he had to identify of all the Confederate generals in the Army of Virginia who fought against Grant; and the last test was to read from a book that sat on the examiners desk and explain what it means.
He passed the first two easily. When the book was shown him he looked down and saw that it was written in some type of ancient language with which he was not familiar. He said: “I’m not quite sure what it say literally but I can surmise that the gist of it is that no black man is voting in Florida this year.”
When I read the Connolly appeal upholding his conviction I felt that no way is Connolly going to get his freedom in Florida. I was astonished that majority judges could agree on the garbage that it contained. I could see the federal forces lurking over their shoulders as they voted.
Callahan was killed by Martorano who shot him in his head. Connolly was convicted of murder by gun. The gun Martorano used has no bearing on the matter.
Had Martorano strangled Callahan or poisoned him or run him over with a car, Connolly under the appeals decision was properly convicted of murder by gun. In other words no matter how Callahan was killed Connolly’s conviction was right according to these judges. Understand that if Martorano and McDonald beat Callahan with their fists killing him Connolly could properly be convicted him of murder by gun.
The reasoning of the judges is that during the planning of Callahan’s murder Connolly possessed his FBI gun. This was never shown. It was accepted that an FBI agent is supposed to carry a gun at all times. Therefore at a meeting in Massachusetts where Connolly was supposed to have told them Callahan was being targeted and would not stand up Connolly was wearing his gun so even though he was 1500 miles away and the gun never got any closer than 1500 miles to Fort Lauderdale that gun was carried during Callahan’s murder. .
Under that decision any person who handles a gun or knife while planning to commit a crime will be guilty of using that instrument at the crime even if it was not within 100 miles of it. The idea behind the law was to prevent people from committing crimes with weapons. The appeals court in its anxiety to uphold Connolly’s conviction ignored the laws intent. Under its ruling If the while planing to poison a person a defendant picked up a shotgun in a gun shop in Alaska that could be charged against him in Florida.
Obvious it makes no sense. The Florida legislature was not worried that a man planning to strangle his wife that evening used a knife to carve a turkey for the Thanksgiving meal. The Florida judges apparently think it was.
As I said when they are out to get you they will. If they don’t want you to vote then they will ask you to interpret ancient Chinese texts; if they don’t want to let you out of prison then they’ll write nonsense. That was done in Connolly’s Florida appeal. It was also done and in his appeal on the denial of his motion for a new trial when Salemme’s crucial evidence was deemed of no importance. .
Aside from all the unfairness shown to him such as targeting him because their intent was to get another, the double jeopardy, the corrupt witnesses, the undermining by the FBI, the malignant media, and the other things mentioned a basic concept of fairness dictates that Connolly be set free. He has served 15 years. He never murdered anyone.
John Martorano, Kevin Weeks, Frank Salemme, Vincent Flemmi, Pat Nee, Howie Winter, and others, all who are believed to have participated in murders or have shot people in cold blood are walking the streets free men. Connolly who never fired a gun at anyone will die in prison based on the paid evidence of some of these men. He spent over twenty-two years as an FBI agent. He was instrumental in taking down the Mafia in Boson. He retired with honor. He was abandoned by the government he served and the Bureau in which he worked.
He is the American Dreyfus wrongly incarcerated like Dreyfus through evidence of evil men who were paid witnesses. He was incarcerated because the prosecutors wanted another man.
A lonely man sitting in his Florida cell forgotten by most. His case cries out for justice. Will it be in vain?