American Justice Boston Style: The Poor Suffer: The Rich and Mafia Defendants Walk Away Laughing

judge-cartoon-graphic-280x165The Chief Judge of the federal district court in Boston told the defendant according to this article that he committed “an extremely serious crime.” The defendant was Ismael Morales, 36, a former maintenance worker. Morales was sentenced to two years in prison; that was the same amount of time as requested by the prosecutor.

On the other hand there is this matter involving taxi magnate Edward J. Tutunjian who was set upon after the Boston Globe’s Spotlight Series by U.S. Attorney Ortiz who raided his premises, seized all his records, and went through them with a fine tooth comb looking for crimes. Sure enough she found some as she would going through any cab company records.

Tutunjian did not pay the payroll taxes he was supposed to pay by concealing the full amount he was paying his employees (he paid part of their compensation in cash), he hired illegal aliens, and he underreported the amount of money he was paying his employees and some were able to get apartments in federally subsidized housing units.

What is strange about the case is Tutunjian’s company is only one of many cab companies. None of the others were raided by Ortiz’s office. I have to guess the practice of underreporting payroll by paying cash, which benefited both the company and the driver, is probably a common practice.

A Striking Indifference to the Truth: Federal Judges and the Mafia

() wisecatYou may remember how I noted Judge Mark Wolf in his otherwise excellent findings wrote that Massachusetts State Police Trooper had been found guilty of corruption. He did that because he wanted to believe some of the things that Steve Flemmi testified about. Flemmi said Naimovich was his source in the State Police that kept him informed. We know now it was Richard Schneiderhan a State Police trooper assigned to the attorney general’s office.

Judge Wolf did not even check the dockets in his own court. Had he done so he would have found that Naimovich was acquitted.  This shows the perils of fact-finding. In a sense it is all guess-work.

Wolf wrote: “The Massachusetts State Police’s perception that its targets had been tipped off concerning the Lancaster Street Garage electronic surveillance was correct. Flemmi initially received the information about the bug, through an associate, John Naimovich, a Massachusetts State Police Trooper. . . . Flemmi discussed this with Connolly. Flemmi claims that Connolly consulted Morris and O’Sullivan. .  .  .  The court questions whether this is correct, particularly with regard to O’Sullivan”  Unsaid is that Judge Wolf and O’Sullivan worked together in the U.S, attorney’s office in Boston and may have had a personal relationship.

Francis X Salemme: The Federal Coddling of Murderers Living Among Us

() wisecatIt is sort of ironic that the same day we read that the Red Sox which is owned by the Boston Globe’s owner cancelled its plans to issue 15,000 David Ortiz bobbleheads which were called “an offensive portrayal of him and the facial features were racially insensitive”  was the same day that Frank Salemme appeared in federal court in Boston to answer to a complaint charging him with a violation of 18 USC sec 1512(a)(1)(c) which is described as murder of a witness.

It is ironic because in my book Don’t Embarrass The Family which tells of his testimony at the trial of FBI Agent John Connolly I wrote: “When Salemme gives an affirmative answer his head continues to shake up and down like those bobbing head dolls of sports figures . . . .”

On the same day one bobblehead is out and the other is in. Frank Salemme was held without bail in federal court for the murder of Steven A. DiSARRO in 1993.

Here’s a little background on Salemme. He was convicted of blowing up Attorney John Fitzgerald’s automobile maiming the attorney. He both admits and denies he did this but he ended up doing 16 years at Walpole State prison after he was arrested in the Big Apple by FBI Agent John Connolly. He got out in 1988.

The Many Lies of FBI Agent Robert Fitzpatrick Exposed: Part Three

FitzpatrickThe part whether Whitey was an informant or not was a big part of the trial. It was really a tempest in a teapot. Whitey’s lawyer made much of it; the prosecutors also seemed hell-bent on refuting it. In the big picture it mattered little. Take your choice on the issue. The overwhelming evidence is that he was an informant.

What is important was whether the premise upon which Fitzpatrick wrote his book and gave his testimony was true. He tells of all the people who would not listen to him when he urged them to close Whitey out. But he admitted that he never advised Whitey be closed.

It turns out Fitzpatrick did nothing to bring him down even though as ASAC he was the one in the position who could easily have done it. His admitting that he had “never advocated that James Bulger be closed as an FBI informant” goes to the heart of who Fitzpatrick is.

Let me explain.

The Many Lies of FBI Agent Robert Fitzpatrick Exposed: Part Two

FitzpatrickI was wrong. All my instincts told me Bob Fitzpatrick had to go down fighting the charges against him. Yet, on May 5, 2016, he agreed to “plead guilty to all counts in which he is named in the above-referenced indictment.” In exchange for doing this the prosecutor and his lawyer agreed to recommend “probation for a term of 2 months.”

 I tried to understand his reasons. He wanted to avoid the off chance of going to the can. The cost of defense was piling up. His health may have worsened.

On the other hand unless he wanted to make his life a lie none of this mattered. His reputation was at stake. The sentence to prison would not have been too draconian after his many years service, if the cost of counsel was too high he could go it by himself since so much was at stake; and his health was as it was and really unlikely to be affected by persisting on.

If he fought it he could hold his head high. He could aver he was wrongly convicted and that everything he said was the truth. Otherwise, as now, he has nothing left but the shame of perpetuating a fraud.

The Many Lies of FBI Agent Robert Fitzpatrick Exposed: Part One

FitzpatrickRobert Fitzpatrick who was the assistant agent in charge (ASAC) of the Boston FBI Office was sentenced on Friday to two years probation. It seems sort of silly putting him on probation. I know he had to be sentenced so why not give him a small fine and send him on his way. The point was made. He lied about some very important things.

The judge at the sentencing hearing said: “Mr. Fitzpatrick has earned his punishment; he perhaps earned more. I don’t pretend to understand how he got into this position, but he is here; he admitted to the crime.”

That he pleaded guilty to these charges makes it easy to understand. Fitzpatrick had created a fiction as the one honest FBI man. He did this even though he betrayed his highest obligation as an FBI agent by disclosing to a newspaper reporter that Whitey Bulger was an informant. To perpetuate this fiction it became necessary for him to portray others in a false light. These others, some high-ranking FBI agents, were presented as people not interested in stopping Whitey Bulger but in empowering him. They did this even though they knew Fitzpatrick had been advocating that they no longer use him.

Gardner Museum Heist – FBI Folly Forgetting First Facts and Following Fake Footprints. 4 of 4

Hoover with Machine GunFBI convinces itself that Guarente got the art from Merlino and he gave it to Luisi. Luisi denies ever seeing the art but says Guarente told him he buried it under a concrete floor in Florida. Luisi did time and is now born again; Guarente did time and died in prison; that leaves Gentile, 80 years old.

Keep in mind this is all pure conjecture based on Myles Connor speculation as to who committed the heist. Not one piece of physical evidence supports the theory. It is all hearsay of one gangster telling what he heard another gangster tell; or even an undercover FBI agent listening to a gangster in his cups,

How bad does it get. Here’s a May 2016 report: FBI agents Monday were at the home of gangster Robert “Bobby the Cook” Gentile, the top person of interest in the quarter-century effort to recover masterpieces stolen from Boston‘s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Agents set up a tent in the front yard of the Frances Drive home, where they have previously spent time digging. . . .  Agents arrived in about 15 cars, with two search dogs and three trucks with heavy equipment. . . .  By midafternoon, agents focused their attention on the west side of the house near the chimney. They tore what appeared to be a vent pipe off the side of the house and pulled off part of the siding. They also began digging on the lawn near the base of the chimney with shovels and rakes.”

Gardner Museum Heist – FBI Folly Forgetting First Facts and Following Fake Footprints. 3 of 4

Hoover with Machine GunConnor is smart enough to know the MO of Donati and Houghton  was not art robbery so suggesting that they did it was a non starter. Connor also knows that there is no way he can be contradicted. Both Donati and Houghton are dead at the time he gives out their names. Then, the only reason he can say for them to do it is that they needed a bargaining chip, that was what Connor often needed, but had no idea for what.  Connor is trying to get something for his supposed knowledge; remember he is a con man, one of the best.

This tells me Connor is making up the whole story. If “two mugs” were hired by Donati that would add two wild cards to the story. Had they existed they would have been known by now and identified. Strangely, now get this, the story becomes warped and the “two mugs” will soon disappear from it and Donati and Houghton will become the actual thieves.

Keep in mind that FBI Agent Falzon knows all this. He is buying none of it. He said the FBI “never got a quality piece of information.”