I wrote about NBC presentation “Crossing The Line” on Saturday and Sunday showing the Slur on South Boston and the out-of-place conduct at John Connolly’s Florida trial. There were two bits of evidence that came out at that trial that ran smack dab against what the propaganda machines have ground out. One in itself, if properly handled, should have resulted in Connolly’s acquittal in Florida; the other shows new light on Connolly’s conviction in Boston.
Last week I wrote about the discovery motion filed by Carney and Brennan (C&B) on behalf of Whitey. I thought it was odd. Even though Whitey allegedly said he paid for FBI information, their motion never referred to any money being given to Connolly. All it said was that Connolly had a corrupt relationship with Whitey.
I’ve also noted earlier how former Supreme Court Justice Souter erroneously said of Connolly in his decision that he was convicted of taking money. Connolly was never convicted of taking any money or anything else from the gangsters. Yet it has become accepted wisdom, as shown by Souter’s mistake and the remarks of most people who talk about him, that he has been convicted. When an error like that becomes common knowledge one has far to go just to get to the starting line.
I pointed out C&B said Connolly had over 20 informants. None of the others ever accused him of taking money. My experience suggests if a cop is on the take he usually has a coterie of givers. How then explain Connolly didn’t?
Add to that his corrupt FBI Supervisor, John Morris, who admitted taking money from the only two top echelon informants he dealt with, during his testimony never said anything about Connolly taking money. It seems if he is on the take he’d also know about Connolly.
The best, and perhaps only, evidence of this is he didn’t cash some of his pay checks. For me that raises a suspicion but it goes away with Morris’s silence and the straight dealing he had with all the other informants.
Aside from that the NBC video of the trial had this highly significant piece of evidence that came out that seemed to pass unnoticed. This critical evidence if properly used could have led to Connolly’s exoneration. Like the failure to show he hit up any of the other of his many informants for money casts doubt upon whether he took any money, this makes the assertions he was also involved however tangentially in any murder also highly doubtful.
Flemmi was being asked about the time Connolly went to Jeremiah O’Sullivan who was prosecuting the Race Fix case back in 1978. You may recall the main Government witness, Anthony “Fat Tony” Ciulla, had provided evidence that he had been fixing races on the East Coast with the Winter Hill Gang including Whitey and Stevie.
O’Sullivan was about to indict the gang. Morris and Connolly went to him and asked him to cut Whitey and Stevie out of the indictment. He agreed to do that.
Flemmi in his testimony said that Connolly told them he would only help them on one condition. The prosecutor conducting the examination asked what that was. Flemmi replied: Connolly made us promise not to murder Fat Tony Ciulla.
Connolly’s lawyer should have jumped out of his seat and yelled: “Could the witness repeat his testimony, I didn’t hear it. What did you say Connolly asked you to promise him?” Emphasize it.
Bring it up again on cross-examination. “Mr. Flemmi you said Connolly made you promise not to murder Tony, isn’t that correct?” “He was interested in helping you on the race fix case on the condition you didn’t harm him, isn’t that true?” “He wouldn’t have helped you unless you promised not to murder Tony, would he?” “And you knew that Mr. Connolly didn’t want you to murder anyone, isn’t that true!”
What more do you need to prove Connolly didn’t want anyone murdered. What he did with respect to the Race Fixing case shows his true intent. He never intended anyone be murdered by these guys. His job as everyone testified as an FBI agent handling these top echelon informants was to protect them. He did it. But he did it, according to the gangster Flemmi who testified against him, on the condition that no one be murdered.
I said Flemmi tells the truth as often as a broken clock. This was the one time he could be believed. He testified to this thinking it would harm Connolly because it would show he knew that he and Whitey were capable of murdering someone. Connolly admitted that. He said he was put in the business by the FBI of dealing with murderers. But he made it clear to them he didn’t want them to murder Fat Tony. If he did it then, he had to have done it other times. That was his real intent.
Keep in mind all these murders that we now know about were known only to a handful of people, the murderers, until 1998 when Martorano opened up. It doesn’t hold up that Connolly would have known about any of them especially when he made it clear to those gangsters they were not to kill anyone on information he gave to them.
Remember whatever Martorano says about Connolly is nonsense. He never met him. Flemmi brings Connolly in when he’s scrambling to avoid the death penalty saying Whitey paid him money but he inadvertently tells us the deal was no murders. Flemmi’s allegation of payoffs stands in stark contrast to Connolly’s dealings with all his other informants.
It’ll be interesting to see what Whitey says.