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Former FBI agent John Connolly, looks on during his trial in Miami-Dade Circuit Court in Miami on Jan. 15, 2009. (Peter Andrew Bosch/AP)
Former FBI agent John Connolly, looks on during his trial in Miami-Dade Circuit Court in Miami on Jan. 15, 2009. (Peter Andrew Bosch/AP)
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A Florida appeals court has reinstated the murder conviction of John Connolly — the former Boston FBI officer and longtime handler of convicted mobster, James Whitey Bulger.

Connolly was convicted of second degree murder for providing information to Bulger and his sidekick Stephen "the rifleman" Flemmi that led to the murder of a Florida businessman in 1982. An appeals court overturned the murder last year, but Wednesday the full third district court of appeals reinstated it.

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David Boeri, senior reporter at WBUR and co-host of WBUR’s Finish Line podcast. He tweets@DavidBoeri.

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The Boston Globe: Florida Court Reinstated John Connolly Murder Conviction Ruling

  • "In a 6-4 ruling issued Wednesday, the majority concluded that all of Connolly’s legal challenges to the way he was prosecuted did not warrant a reversal of his conviction. The full court threw out the 2014 decision, the judges wrote."

This segment aired on July 29, 2015.

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