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Connolly Trial Underway

The murder trial of John Connolly, the former Boston FBI agent turned alleged informant for the mob, is underway in Miami.

It began yesterday with opening statements.

WBUR's Steve Brown reports.

Connolly stands accused of giving information to Boston mobsters James "Whitey" Bulger and Stephen Flemmi that lead to the murder of Florida gambling executive John Callahan. Prosecutor Fred Wyshak told jurors that by telling Bulger and Flemmi that Callahan could implicate them in another murder, Connolly in essence, "loaded the gun and pointed it at Callahan's head."

Defense attorney Manuel Casabielle said his client is innocent, and accused prosecutors of trying to convict Connolly on flimsy evidence. Casabielle said it's not fair to take a bunch of mud and throw it against an individual and hope some of it sticks. That, he said, is not justice. Connolly could be given life in prison if convicted on the murder charges.

This program aired on September 16, 2008. The audio for this program is not available.

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