U.S. Federal District Court Judge William Young has issued a lengthy decision, awarding $2.7 million in damages to the estates of three people murdered by James J. Bulger, Stephen J.
Flemmi, and their associates. Judge Young describes the story as “harrowing,” which may be an understatement.
The key defendant in this case is the U.S. Government, which will foot the bill if the decision survives appeal.
Here are some quotes, pulled from the opinion, which is linked in all of its gory detail at the bottom of this post. Judge Young:inst
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Despite years of legal wrangling and an extensive factual
record, at its core this is a very simple case. Federal Bureau
of Investigation (“FBI”) agents actively protected a group of
murderers from apprehension and prosecution in order to use them as informants against La Cosa Nostra. The agents did this over a span of nearly twenty years, despite being on notice that their informants were killers and would, and indeed did, continue to murder.