The Associated Press

Kerry Asks Congress To Pay Alleged Bulger Victims

BOSTON — Sen. John Kerry is asking Congress to approve $8.5 million in payments to the families of two men who allegedly died at the hands of the former reputed Boston mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger.

A federal judge in 2009 awarded the money to the families of Michael Donahue and Brian Halloran in a lawsuit against the FBI. But an appeals court said the families waited too long to file claims and threw out the award this month.

The suit claimed the men were gunned down in 1982 after the FBI leaked information to Bulger.

Kerry said Tuesday he was filing legislation requiring the Treasury to pay the money. He says Congress has an obligation to make things right.

Rep. William Keating has filed a similar measure.

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  • Gardenia

    Whitey Bulger had a lot of money (?$800K) in a drawer in his hide-out.  I applaud Senator Kerry and Rep. William Keating for filing measures with the Teasury.  Should Whitey and his “girl-friend” live out their senior years in quiet comfort?  Throw the book at them!  The Appeals court said the families waited too long?  What arrogance!

  • we are not guilty

    I do not agree. Get the money from the Bulger family but not from us. We did not do anything wrong and therefore do not owe any money.

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