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Opinion

June 19, 2013

Our view: Answers needed from Bulger trial

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Indeed, after his testimony at Bulger’s trial last week, Foley again expressed frustration with how the FBI’s infiltration of Bulger’s gang impacted his investigation. His frustrations seemed to confirm what he said a year ago — that the government wants its dirty dealings with Bulger to be forgotten.

For the sake of the public, let’s hope these deals — and the government officials who made them — won’t get swept under the rug.

A dim light has already been shown on the system of payouts and benefits provided to organized crime members by our government. More of that needs to be exposed. In Martorano’s case, the government provided $6,000 in “canteen funds” during his stay in prison to make life a little easier for him, and a $20,000 reward when he left the prison gates. He spent only 8 years in jail for his 20 murders due to a deal he worked out with the government.

And of course, this convicted mobster also collects Social Security for his many years of “employment.”

This trial is a window into a secret world where the lines between criminals and the “good guys” are not always crystal clear. That world desperately needs some light shined into it.

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