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Rep. Keating Urges Congress To Pay Kin Of Slain Men

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Rep. William Keating wants Congress to do what federal courts would not. Keating has filed a pair of bills that would provide $8.5 million in compensation to the families of two alleged victims of former Boston mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger.

A judge found the federal government liable for the 1982 deaths of Michael Donahue and Edward "Brian" Halloran because Bulger was an FBI informant at the time and awarded their families the money.

But a federal appeals court overruled the lower court and said the families had waited too long to make their claims. The appeals court last week denied the families a hearing on the issue

Keating tells The Boston Globe he filed the bills because justice was not being served.

This program aired on October 13, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.

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