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Jul 1, 2013

Ex-FBI agent returns to testify at trial of Boston gangster

BOSTON (Reuters) – Jurors in the trial of accused Boston mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger on Monday will hear more testimony from a former FBI agent that could shed further light into the bureau’s shady dealings with suspected gangsters during the 1970s and ‘80s.

Former agent John Morris, who was offered immunity from prosecution in 1997 in exchange for his testimony in hearings about FBI misconduct, has admitted to taking cash from known mobsters like Bulger, making them home-cooked meals, and tipping them off to FBI investigations to protect them.

Jun 28, 2013

Third man held in ex-NFL player Hernandez murder case

BOSTON (Reuters) – A man wanted by Massachusetts in connection with a murder case against former professional football player Aaron Hernandez has surrendered in Miramar, Florida, police said on Friday.

Ernest Wallace, who is suspected of being an “accessory after the fact” in the killing of Odin Lloyd, 27, a semi-pro football player, turned himself in to police in Miramar, Florida, a local police official said.

Jun 28, 2013

Ex-FBI agent says ‘Whitey’ Bulger files contain lies

BOSTON (Reuters) – Retired FBI agent John Morris testified at the trial of accused mobster James “Whitey” Bulger on Friday that he signed off on several FBI reports relating to Bulger that he knew were inaccurate or misleading.

The testimony from a man who has admitted taking cash from gangsters and tipping them off on investigations comes as Bulger’s lawyers seek to discredit FBI evidence against their client, who is accused of murder and racketeering as head of Boston’s Winter Hill Gang.

Jun 28, 2013

Line between ‘cops and robbers’ blurs in Bulger trial

BOSTON (Reuters) – Some of accused mobster James “Whitey” Bulger’s closest allies should have been his biggest enemies – the FBI agents who cooked him dinner and tipped him off about investigations into his Winter Hill crime gang in the 1970s and 1980s.

Jurors in Bulger’s murder and racketeering trial will get a second day of testimony on Friday from former FBI supervisor John Morris, who has described a cozy relationship among he, another corrupt agent and the gangsters they were meant to be keeping off the streets.

Jun 27, 2013

Second man held in murder case against ex-NFL player Hernandez

BOSTON (Reuters) – A murder investigation into former National Football League player Aaron Hernandez broadened on Thursday with the arrest of a second man and authorities were also looking into the possible involvement of the onetime star tight end in a double homicide last year.

Boston police were investigating links between Hernandez and an unsolved shooting in July 2012, the Boston Globe reported, citing two unidentified law enforcement sources.

Jun 26, 2013

Rising NFL star Hernandez arrested by police then cut by New England

BOSTON (Reuters) – Aaron Hernandez, a 23-year-old rising football star with the New England Patriots, was arrested by police in a murder investigation and fired by the team on Wednesday, another blot on the National Football League’s tightly protected image.

Wearing a white T-shirt and orange shorts, Hernandez was escorted out of his mansion in North Attleborough, Massachusetts and placed in the back of a police cruiser, according to video aired by WBZ, a CBS affiliate.

Jun 26, 2013

New England Patriots player Hernandez arrested

BOSTON, June 26 (Reuters) – New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez was arrested on Wednesday after he was questioned in connection with a shooting death near his Massachusetts home.

The New England Patriots meantime said it has released the star tight end from the team following his arrest.

Jun 25, 2013

Boston dismantles bomb memorial in bid to “look to the future”

BOSTON (Reuters) – Boston city workers and volunteers on Tuesday disassembled a makeshift memorial to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing in a move the mayor said he hoped would help the city “look to the future.”

Crews arrived in Copley Square, near the marathon’s finish line, shortly after dawn to remove teddy bears, crosses, flowers and photographs placed there since twin bombs killed three people and injured 264 others on race day, April 15.

Jun 24, 2013

FBI’s ‘dark side’ to go on display at ‘Whitey’ Bulger trial

BOSTON (Reuters) – The jury in the murder and racketeering trial of accused mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger will hear on Monday from a former FBI supervisor who admitted he and another agent used to swap secrets with the notorious Winter Hill Gang.

John Morris, who supervised the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s local organized crime squad during the Winter Hill’s bloody rampage in Boston in the 1970s and ’80s, helped its members elude arrest and silence so-called rats, threatening to implicate them in crimes.

Jun 23, 2013

Police in murder probe study items seized from NFL player’s home

BOSTON (Reuters) – Police sorted through bags of items retrieved from the home of New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez on Sunday amid a deepening investigation into last week’s shooting death of a 27-year-old man.

Hernandez, 23, a tight end and rising star in the National Football League, is at the center of an investigation into the death of Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player for the Boston Bandits.

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