By Zachary Fagenson and Scott Malone
(Reuters) – A Florida appeals court on Wednesday reinstated
the 2008 murder conviction of Boston mob boss James “Whitey”
Bulger’s longtime FBI handler for providing information the
gangster used to carry out a 1982 hit.
The state’s full Third District Court of Appeals reversed
its own decision of a year ago, which had found that the former
agent, John Connolly, had been wrongly convicted and sentenced
to 40 years in prison for his role in the murder of John
Callahan, the president of sports betting operation World
BOSTON (Reuters) – As recently as late Monday morning, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh had dismissed the group opposing the city’s bid for the 2024 Olympic Games as “10 people on Twitter.”
But hours later, the three thirtysomethings behind the No Boston Olympics organization emerged victorious when the U.S. Olympic Committee said it would abandon its effort to bring the 2024 Summer Games to Boston following strong public opposition.
BOSTON, July 27 (Reuters) – The U.S. Olympic Committee on Monday rescinded Boston’s bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games after the mayor said his city’s taxpayers could not afford to host the large-scale event.
The move was met with relief by Massachusetts officials, who had faced an active opposition campaign that fought the idea of hosting the Summer Games, forecast to cost more than $8.6 billion, from the moment the USOC in January picked Boston over other major U.S. cities including Los Angeles, Washington and San Francisco.
BOSTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) on Monday nixed Boston’s bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, just hours after Mayor Martin Walsh said he would not “commit” to a deal if it left city taxpayers vulnerable to the costs of hosting such the large-scale event.
“We have not been able to get a majority of the citizens of Boston to support hosting the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games,” said USOC CEO Scott Blackmun, in a statement.
BOSTON, July 27 (Reuters) – Boston will back out of its effort to host the 2024 Olympic Games, local media reported on Monday, hours after the city’s mayor, Marty Walsh, on Monday said he would not “commit” to a deal if doing so would leave city taxpayers vulnerable to the costs of hosting such a large-scale event.
The idea of hosting the games in the city has been controversial, with opinion polls showing many residents of Boston and its surrounding communities fear the event would take a heavy toll on local budgets.
By Scott Malone
(Reuters) – The judge who blocked former Boston mob boss
James “Whitey” Bulger from claiming a U.S. prosecutor had given
him immunity for his crimes violated his rights by effectively
preventing him from testifying during his 2013 racketeering
trial, Bulger’s lawyer said on Monday.
The lawyer, Hank Brennan, went before a three-judge panel of
the 1st Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Boston to challenge the
conviction of Bulger, 85, on charges including committing or
ordering 11 murders in the 1970s and 1980s.
BOSTON (Reuters) – Lawyers for former Boston mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger are set to challenge his 2013 racketeering conviction on Monday, contending a judge wrongly blocked them from arguing that a U.S. official had given him immunity for his crimes.
Bulger, 85, was found guilty of committing or ordering 11 murders in the 1970s and 1980s in a trial that shone a light on his corrupt relationship with federal agents and prosecutors in Boston, who turned a blind eye to the Irish-American gangster’s crimes in return for information they could use against the Italian-American Mafia.
BOSTON (Reuters) – Massachusetts is testing a program that would enable profoundly deaf people to serve on juries in state courts with the help of sign-language interpreters, in an effort described by advocates for the deaf as the most extensive in the United States.
The program, which has so far been tested in eight of the state’s 14 counties, aims to provide deaf Massachusetts residents summoned to jury duty with American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters from the moment they arrive at a courthouse, through jury selection and trial, officials said on Friday.
Pope Francis’ approval rating in the United States has dropped during the past year, according to a poll, with conservatives and Roman Catholics taking a cooler view of the pontiff after his strong warning on environmental crises and criticism of the excesses of capitalism.
BOSTON (Reuters) – Backers of Boston’s controversial bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games on Wednesday said they would carry some $2.3 billion in insurance for event, an effort to assuage worries that city taxpayers could be left footing the bill.
The Boston 2024 bid committee said it would line up a series of insurance policies that would cover the costs ranging from a terror attack, the injury of spectators or the outright cancellation of the Summer Games, if Boston’s bid was approved by the International Olympic Committee.