A federal appeals court has overturned the arson conviction of mob-associate-turned-government-informant Volkan "The Turk" Mergen because the presiding trial judge "should have allowed into evidence a secret tape recording in which his FBI handler said . . . Mergen had done nothing wrong with regard to the January 27, 2006 fire" as reported by Frank Donnelly for the Staten Island Advance: "Mergen told the agent he had participated in the arson, against the FBI's instructions, because he feared for his life if he backed out."
Apparently Mergen was a busy beaver during his years as a government informant according to the appeals court decision:
In May 2001, Mergen contacted FBI special agent George Wright and agreed to become a paid FBI informant. Mergen's efforts over the next half-decade included wearing a wire while working with members of the Gambino and Bonanno crime families. Mergen's service was fruitful: he sometimes submitted so many recordings to the FBI that the agency could not keep pace.
Mergen doesn't belong in prison; he deserves the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
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