Court Voids Murder Conviction Of Bulger-Linked Former FBI Agent

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A former FBI agent who was convicted in a murder involving mobster Whitey Bulger has had one of his convictions overturned by a federal appeals court.

Former Agent John Connolly was Bulger's corrupt handler within the bureau and served time for racketeering and obstruction of justice.

Connolly was also convicted of second-degree murder in the 1982 slaying of John Callahan, a Florida businessman murdered by a Bulger hit man and it's that conviction that was overturned Wednesday.

WBUR's Sacha Pfeiffer reviews the latest legal developments in Connolly's case.


David Boeri, WBUR senior reporter. He is author of the e-book, "Bulger on Trial: Boston’s Most Notorious Gangster and The Pursuit of Justice," published November 2013. He tweets at @davidboeri.


WBUR: The FBI Agent

  • "In the Florida Panhandle, in the pine forest about halfway between Pensacola and Tallahassee, in the pleasant town of Chipley and just off Moose Hill Road, sits the Northwest Florida Reception Center. It’s not a tourist center. By a name less sweet, it’s a prison. And John Connolly, at 72, is starting his second year of a 40-year sentence."

WBUR: Bulger On Trial

  • "When James “Whitey” Bulger was 26 years old, he wrote a letter from his prison cell to a priest back in Boston. He’d been convicted of three bank robberies. It was his first time in prison. He looked younger than his age and he looked scared."

This segment aired on May 28, 2014.

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Sacha Pfeiffer Host, All Things Considered
Sacha Pfeiffer was formerly the host of WBUR's All Things Considered.



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