Matt Connolly presumably accepts that as a reputed mob boss Whitey Bulger is a guilty man but he certainly doesn't believe in bastardizing the legal process to get a conviction.
Connolly is behind the recently-launched blog The Trial of Whitey Bulger, and he reminds folks that in the rush to convict him the bigger picture may be getting blurred including the historic corruption within the FBI's Boston field office which protected Bulger for so long, and the serial killers and other degenerates who now are lined up to testify against Bulger.
In an era when everyone with a belly button has an opinion Connolly writes on the subject with authority. He's a former deputy district attorney in Norfolk County, MA, and the author of Don't Embarrass the Family about Bulger's FBI handler John Connolly.
There's little apparent doubt from Matt Connolly's posts that the jury will convict Bulger on one murder or another -- unless it's proven the mobster received immunity for the alleged crimes as claimed by defense lawyer Jay Carney -- but the entire case has served as a broader morality play with a lot of bad actors, and Connolly isn't letting anyone off the hook. For example, Connolly says FBI special agent H. Paul Rico possessed "a callous indifference . . . to any concept of justice" for letting innocent men rot in prison for a murder he knew they did not commit, and Connolly excoriates "murder man" Johnny Martorano who is the government's principal witness.
Maintaining the integrity of the justice system is more important than any one thug it convicts, and in a wicked era that is driven more by political expediency than genuine principle it's refreshing that Matt Connolly is bearing witness to the truth.