Whitey Weekend Wrap – 1 – The Defense Puts On A Case

New-York-City-skyline-AFPThe defense had a chance to put in some of its evidence after the federals rested their case. We were privy to having seen as the prosecution case neared its end the defense announcing with the start of each new day that it had pared away another handful of individuals from its witness list that contained 78 individuals.

We were told it would take two days to put its case in. By the end of Wednesday, the defense had gone through 4 witnesses, all former FBI agents:Robert Fitzpatrick, Joseph L. Kelly, James Crawford and Fred Davis. On Thursday the first two witnesses were also FBI agents, Todd Richards and Matthew Cronin. Then came Steve Johnson of the Massachusetts state police and Heather Hoffman, a title examiner. On Friday we heard from Desi Sideropolous a long time FBI secretary, John Martorano, and Marion Hussey’s whose prior testimony was read into evidence. Eleven witnesses, only 5 of whom were on the original list of 78.

What was accomplished? The last day, Friday, probably got Whitey a not proven win in the cases against the two women: Hussey’s statements showed Flemmi lied about his involvement with her daughter Deborah – he actually hated her and had been abusing her much longer; and Martorano testimony that Flemmi told him he accidentally strangled her has to create reasonable doubt of Whitey being the one who murdered them. It also makes them wonder about the prosecution knowing that and having Flemmi testify otherwise.

Remember this is an all or nothing case. It is not about whether Whitey is guilty of some of the crimes and not the others. J.W. Carney in his opening told the jury Whitey was a big time gangster involved in drug dealing and gambling and conceded 95% of the counts. When you come down to it we’ve known all along that only two things mattered to Whitey – remember the Gangster Hall of Fame application – that he be acquitted of the women’s murder and not be deemed an informant.

The prosecutors will consider it a big loss if they lose either of those murders, nevermind both. That is the only way they could justify giving Flemmi a deal by telling us Whitey is worse than he is. But if the jury finds it was Flemmi who murdered his girl friend and step-daughter that will be devastating to them. Had they not indicted for those murders, they may have saved the time and expense of the trial. The evidence from those two witnesses may play a great role in the jury’s deliberation.

Defense counsel’s attempt to show somehow the gangster witnesses changed their stories from the time they first told them to Lieutenant Steve Johnson to the time of trial fell flat because there were relatively minor changes and Johnson appeared as a highly ethical guy.

Heather Hoffman, the title examiner, provided evidence of little worth, but it was enjoyable seeing this slight built woman who seemed rather meek kicking Wyshak around the room so much that Whitey and the jurors showed through their smiles they were enjoying his beating.

The rest of the week was all FBI. We heard from the woman, Desi Sideropolous  who has been with the FBI over 60 years who for 50 of them has been the secretary to the SAC who I named Helen Gandy since she reminded me of J. Edgar Hoover’s long time secretary. Hearing how long she had been there I wondered whether or not she told the SAC what to do rather than the other way around, and whether she is a source for headquarters to keep an eye on the SAC. It was clear her loyalty was to the Bureau rather than any of the 18 SACs who happen to pass through under her reign.

Gandy told how one SAC asked her to destroy a private memo filed by SAC Sarhatt after the Whitey case reared its ugly head. She did after being threatened with being fired. This served to show how our FBI is a pretty sleazy group willing to destroy evidence. Sort of shakes what little confidence you have left in them.

Carney made a big deal out that he received from the prosecution a copy of that report that left out the last paragraph that contained the SAC Sarhatt’s conclusion that after interviewing Whitey he believed he should be closed out as an informant and targeted.

That, of course, went to the issue that will never be decided by this jury or any other which is: “was Whitey an informant?”  A corollary of that is “how bad was FBI Agent John Connolly?” which involves the sub-question, “if he was as bad as bad can be, why didn’t the FBI do anything about him.?”

You do note that none of those questions have anything to do with the substantive charges against Whitey. It seems a far reach for me to think the jury will buy an argument that the FBI was corrupt, or two agents were corrupt and the others did nothing about it, and gave Whitey protection to commit crimes therefore since we can’t punish the FBI then don’t punish Whitey. Even if the jury were inclined to do that the prosecutors will remind the jurors, since they too delighted in taking punches at Connolly, that Connolly is doing 40 years for his involvement with Whitey. If Whitey will get a break it will be because the prosecutors climbed in bed with such horrid witnesses and treated the jurors like they are retarded by constantly asking the question on re-cross: “and who was Flemmi’s (or Martorano’s or Week’s) partner,” as if the jurors didn’t know.

 

 

 

4 thoughts on “Whitey Weekend Wrap – 1 – The Defense Puts On A Case

  1. John Connolly, like Major Dreyfus before him, was scapegoated, framed and railroaded by a combination of overzealous, unscrupulous FEDs (FEDs on the very top branches of the DOJ’s sordid jungle gym) and by a corrupt compliant sycophantic Press; Both the Press and FEDS (here in Boston and in 19th Century France (Alsace-Lorraine, French&German speaking areas) got in bed with killers/gangster-types to frame innocent people. Both the Press and FEDs (federales; banditos) curried favor with each other to advance their federal and journalistic careers; with Dreyfus there were federal military higher-ups who willing went along with or initiated and perpetuated the Scapegoating: Trial: False Imprisonment for many years. Dreyfus and Connolly were/are relatively innocent persons (not perfect person without flaws who may have made some mistakes and had some lapses in judgment). They were not saints but imperfect men, flawed characters, as we all are!!! Just men!! And some innocent men pilloried, tortured, persecuted, defamed, falsely imprisoned or lynched by lynch mobs; Today’s lynch mobs are overzealous FEDs (or state judiciary/prosecutors/investigators) and a sycophantic press which has sold its soul. (2) Glad to hear John Henry purchased the Boston Globe: He seems to be a good businessman and a man of integrity. He he fires Jacoby first, then Cullen, Lehr and O’Neil. Hope he keeps Shelley Murphy who has some promise but has been lead astray by Cullen who knows what Jesus would do. He’s told us what Jesus would do. He has a direct pipeline to Jesus, Martorano, Morris and Flemmi. He says so!!

    1. William:

      When fellow FBI agents with impeccable records come in to testify that they believed Connolly was a leak and they had to hide their files from him your suggestion comparing him to Dreyfus is way off the mark.

  2. Sorry, but John Connolly was instrumental in providing Edward MacKenzie a pass regarding MacKenzie’s having brutally raping young girls – John Connolly was corrupt with even the most innocent victims.

  3. Perhaps a good point to cite regarding which of the 2 had the motive and reason for murdering Debra Hussey – consider that Flemmi claims the reason behind the murder was that Hussey was a problem to include that she was using his and Bulger’s name around town…..I would think Flemmi’s sons used his name around town also yet his sons were not silenced and murdered….Flemmi killed his step-daughter to cover his sexual abuse of her and made up this foolish story that only a fool would believe is the reason he murdered her and which lends hand to attributing responsibility to Bulger. Also, let me point out in the reading of Marion Hussey’s previous deposition – when Marion Hussey goes upstairs in her Milton home to Debra Hussey’s bedroom where she stated that Flemmi was slapping Debra around….let me point out that Marion Hussey’s deposition makes no mention that she told Flemmi to stop physically abusing Debra and only stated that they had to get Debra out of here, seemingly blaming the victim, where-upon Debra blurts out the facts regarding the sexual abuse. Although Marion Hussey states she subsequently told Debra she believed her regarding the sexual abuse, what I gathered is that it sounds like Flemmi was physically abusing Debra “slapping her around” for years, which Marion Hussey was aware of.

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