Following the apprehension of Whitey Bulger after years on the lam many dirty cops, corrupt politicians and wise guys in Boston, MA no doubt are sweating bullets over whether the mob boss and FBI informant will drop their names to prosecutors.
However, Bulger's former FBI handler John Connolly may have been exonerated by the Irish mobster.
Connolly was convicted in November 2008 by a Florida jury for setting into motion the 1982 murder of World Jai Alai president John B. Callahan by Bulger's Winter Hill gang, and now serving a 40-year sentenced the former G-man says that the mob boss has exonerated him in debriefings with federal investigators as reported by T. J. English for The Daily Beast: "My lawyers have information that since Bulger was brought in, he spoke to FBI agents and told them I had nothing to do with tipping him off [about a pending federal indictment]. And he told them I had nothing to do with this murder in Florida, not one damn thing."
More than 100 former FBI agents believe that Connolly is an innocent man, and in March 2011 petitioned Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a special counsel to investigate his prosecution by Florida authorities as then reported by Curt Anderson for The Associated Press: "'I've never seen them go after a gangster like they have John,' said former agent Joseph Pistone, whose infiltration of New York's Bonanno and Colombo crime families as 'Donnie Brasco' in the late 1970s was made into the 1997 film starring Johnny Depp and Al Pacino."