You’re going to hear a lot of wailing and gnashing of teeth by those who have made much lucre or fame out of the idea that John Connolly is a corrupt FBI agent. You can’t pay too much attention to those who have their hands dripping with loose slanderous statements about him. Many now feel their world about them is unraveling with the Florida Appeals Court decision finally telling us that the verdict against John Connolly was fundamentally flawed.
If you want to understand about John Connolly, the evidence against him when he first went to trial, and the background on some of the parties involved you can’t do much better than to read my book “Don’t Embarrass The Family”. The first section of the book lets you sit in on the evidence at the trial from opening argument through the verdict. I structured it so that any reader could make up her mind about whether Connolly was innocent or guilty and presenting it in as straight forward, unbiased manner. (If there was a bias it would have been against Connolly for reasons set forth therein.) Outside the book all that the world has been fed are stories through the pens of those who have less than noble ends in mind that often reach beyond Connolly but toward other persons and into a community itself. You don’t get the truth from those who avoid inconvenient facts.
If truly interested you should read my book and make up your own minds about John Connolly. The only evidence that differed in Florida was that Stevie Flemmi seeking to save himself from facing the death penalty decided he too would join the chorus against Connolly. Some have called the Florida trial “The Revenge of the Gangsters.” Others have called it the Italian payback, as set forth in the old Sicilian saw: “Revenge is Best Served Cold.”
It is important to keep in mind John Connolly had a large role in making the Mafia in Boston a shell of its former self. Strangely he was made to pay the price for his efforts. Suddenly he became the criminal; and the criminals with blood on their hands, lies in their mouths, prior connections with the Mafia were now found in the same boat with the federal government. Those in Connolly’s job, the FBI, who should have stood tall ran like the British did in 1812 when Colonel Jackson’s men opened fire on them after waiting ’til they looked ’em in the eyes.
That’s all in the past. Let’s understand where we stand at this point. Connolly’s conviction has been reversed. He stands innocent of any crime in the State of Florida. Although the prosecutor in Florida may appeal to the Florida Supreme Court or the full bench of the 3rd Appellate Court, until such happens and a decision is made against Connolly, he has been vindicated. The next thing that should happen is that he be permitted bail. We will be able to tell much about Florida justice and the forces allied against Connolly if he is denied this. He’s been in prison for just about 12 years and has only been convicted of minor felonies.
How then does it stand with respect to Connolly? Those reeling from this decision will start to write much about him being involved in leaking information concerning murders especially the Halloran and Donohue murders. Keep in mind that the federal prosecutors have already charged him with that. They presented the matter to a Boston jury. The jury found that they did not prove their case.
You’ll never hear that mentioned by the members of the media who act as if the case was proven. They accept the testimony of gangsters which was rejected by a jury. In Boston I listened to the gangsters testify. None could say he gave them any information about any murders.
Although the Boston jury found he did not leak information which brought about the murder of John Callahan, the federal prosecutors decided to try the case again in a Florida court along with state prosecutors. The same prosecutors who lost in Boston got another shot at him in Florida.
Now with the Florida conviction being set aside, no jury has found he was involved in any way in any murders. Even in Florida after the jury heard the case he was acquitted of first degree murder, which the murder of John Callahan clearly was, and conspiracy to murder which is the gist of the government’s case. His conviction was for 2nd degree murder with a gun.
You will hear his conviction was tossed out because of a technicality namely he was charged beyond the statute of limitations: that is the time within which a charge must be brought had expired. But it also was because he never had a gun in proximity to the crime – he was in Massachusetts when the gun was fired in Florida. The idea of murder with a gun must mean the gun must have an involvement with the act that constitutes the crime; it must not be something unrelated to it.; otherwise murders done without a gun can be enhanced by the mere fact someone owns a gun. That makes no sense.
The most important thing to remember is the job of keeping Whitey Bulger safe was the job the FBI gave to John Connolly. He did it openly and with the concurrence of those who worked with him in the FBI. There are FBI agents doing the same thing today. The Top Echelon Informant program continues as it did when Connolly took on Stevie and then Whitey into it.
No matter what you read about Connolly and the murders that the media people will talk about, whether it be Halloran, Donohue, Castucci, Callahan, or anyone else, keep in mind a jury has found him not responsible for doing anything wrong in connection with them.
Sadly in all the stories that connect him to these events, no one tells us that. The media writes as if they were – which gives you an insight into the world of enemies out there waiting to impugn Connolly and the malice attendant to their actions and writings.
The ones who had the best chance to evaluate the truthfulness of those giving evidence against Connolly on all the matters connecting him with any murder, the jurors, found the case against him not proven. Who do you believe, the wisdom of the jurors who come into the matter with no preconceived interests; or those with an interest in the matter telling only half the story through eyes filled with hatred.