Ex-FBI Agent Bob Fitzpatrick Charged With Lying At Whitey Bulger Trial

30 Apr 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Ex-FBI Agent Bob Fitzpatrick Charged With Lying At Whitey Bulger Trial.

BOSTON (AP) — A former FBI agent who was once second in command of the agency’s Boston office lied on the stand during gangster James “Whitey” Bulger’s trial and overstated his professional accomplishments, federal officials said Thursday in announcing a perjury case against him. Retired FBI supervisor Robert Fitzpatrick is due to be arraigned Thursday at John Joseph Moakley Federal Courthouse for lying under oath during the 2013 Whitey Bulger trial, according to the Associated Press.

Fitzpatrick, the first defense witness called by Bulger’s attorneys during his 2013 trial, testified he tried to persuade the FBI to terminate Bulger as an informant because Bulger didn’t appear to be helping its mission to gather information on the Mafia. Robert Fitzpatrick, 75, of Rhode Island, “did corruptly endeavor to influence, obstruct, and impede the due administration of justice in that he knowingly made a false and misleading declaration … before a federal court in the District of Massachusetts, with intent to obstruct and impede the Bulger trial,” a federal indictment alleges.

The indictment charged, among other things, that Fitzpatrick lied when he said he had found the rifle used to kill Martin Luther King Jr on April 4, 1968. Bulger, 84, was convicted in August 2013 of dozens of crimes stemming from his bloody reign over Boston’s underworld as the head of the Winter Hill Gang.

Fitzpatrick told Bulger jurors that in 1981, about six years after Bulger began working an informant, he was given the task of assessing whether the mobster was providing the FBI with useful information. He was used by the defense team to describe corruption within the FBI in Boston at the time and to try to undermine the contention that Bulger was an informant for the FBI.

Fitzpatrick insisted that he repeatedly sought to end the FBI’s relationship with Bulger, particularly after Bulger was considered a suspect in two 1982 killings. He testified that in a meeting with Bulger in the early 1980s Bulger told him that he was not getting paid, that he paid others, and that he was not an informant. The 85-year-old Bulger is serving two life sentences after his 2013 racketeering conviction tying him to 11 murders and other gangland crimes in the 1970s and ’80s. He underwent a withering cross-examination in which the prosecutor suggested that he had exaggerated his work in the FBI and his efforts to unearth corruption.

Fitzpatrick said it was because he never used the word “bribe.” Bulger was charged in a sweeping racketeering case with participating in 19 murders during his deadly career in Boston’s underworld, along with extortion, money laundering, and weapons offenses.

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