Aside from knowing Salemme was wrongfully incarcerated, he may have learned that many prosecutions conducted by the Department of Justice used information from Flemmi that was not disclosed to the defendants who were convicted. He might have known there were other people beyond Salemme in prison who should not have been there. He might have known of the frame up in the Deegan murder case by the FBI and DOJ.
Carney did talk about the Deegan case in his opening; Brennan also mentioned it in his cross-examination of Martorano. Did Whitey know and could he prove that the Deegan case was a government conspiracy that went all through the Boston US attorneys office right up to the top (someting we wuld find out 25 years later), Were there other cases of a similar nature? Did Whitey know that some in the FBI or local U.S. attorney’s office had been compromised by some of the people he was dealing with?
If he had all this information or information like it which is likely, what would O’Sullivan do to keep Whitey’s mouth shut? Cut him out of a case? He did that. Tip him off to a wiretap? He did that by letting the FBI rewrite and affidavit and add him into it so he could he told of the tap.
As time went on Whitey would know more. He may have had information that the government may not have done everything by the book in leading up to the electronic surveillance on Gerry Angiulo and Larry Baione, things that could have undermined its case. If so, O’Sullivan and the FBI would have to have acceded to any terms he offered.
Throughout the late 1970s and all through the 1980s Whitey would have known that Stevie Flemmi was an informant. He would have sat back while Stevie undermined his friends and the Mafia and smiled. He had no obligation to tell Stevie to stop. He had no need to join in with him because his money and knowledge of Stevie’s treachery protected him
Weeks tells us how Whitey really didn’t like Flemmi that much. He deliberately cut him out of things like the lottery win and the Halloran hit. Flemmi would come back whining. H
That Whitey was with Flemmi when he gave information to Connolly did not make him an informant; it made the other two guys suckers. He was a percipient information sucking in information whose mouth had to be kept shut. These are the things C & B will tell the jury.
Carney promised this in his opening. True Whitey was a gangster in the drug and illegal booking business. He was partners with Flemmi. He was not an informant. He worked on a deal with O’Sullivan that he could run his operations doing the normal things inherent to those operation if he kept his mouth shut about all he knew. A good quid pro quo: the government gets the Mafia; Whitey gets enormously wealthy.
This is a rough outline of what I believe to be the Grand Strategy of the defense being put on by C&B. Reviewing what they are doing in cross-examination points to this. I’ll know more as I go along.
it is defense they can use to get Whitey out of every charge for two reasons: they’ll tell the jury to send a message to the government that this type of across the board corruption from DOJ Washington down through the FBI cannot be tolerated and the only way to do that is to acquit Whitey of all charges. Or, alternatively, the government gave up its right to go after Whitey for any of his crimes because it made a deal with him that it wouldn’t take that action if he let them continue their wicked ways.
I’m working my way through this but its the only thing that makes sense of what I’ve seen so far. I know its rough but wanted you to have something to thin about over the 4th of July. C&B have to muddy up the government with its sordid deals and knowledge. They have to make the government more corrupt and more dangerous than Whitey. It’s Whitey’s best chance for an acquittal, actually his only chance.