Ex-FBI Agent Charged With Lying During ‘Whitey’ Bulger Trial

30 Apr 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Ex-FBI agent charged with lying during ‘Whitey’ Bulger trial.

BOSTON (AP) — A retired FBI agent who was once second in command in the agency’s Boston office was arrested Thursday on perjury charges and accused of lying on the stand during the trial of gangster James “Whitey” Bulger. Former FBI agent Robert Fitzpatrick has been indicted on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice relating to his testimony for the defense in the 2013 trial of notorious gangster James “Whitey” Bulger, federal prosecutors said. “Fitzpatrick also made false material declarations to enhance his own credibility as a former FBI official by making false claims about his professional accomplishments as an FBI agent,” prosecutors said. 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. During Bulger’s 2013 trial, Fitzpatrick testified he tried to convince the FBI to terminate Bulger as an informant, because Bulger didn’t appear to be helping the FBI’s mission to gather information on the Mafia.

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. 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. Fitzpatrick told jurors that in 1981, about six years after Bulger began working an informant, he was given the task of assessing the mobster to see if he was providing the FBI with useful information.

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. 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. 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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