April 6, 2001 (BOSTON) - A congressional committee plans hearings into the relationship between FBI agents and Boston mobsters.
One former agent, John J. Connolly, is under indictment on charges of obstruction of justice and racketeering. Federal investigators are trying to determine how far other agents went in protecting supposed informants like James “Whitey” Bulger and Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi.
Bulger, a fugitive since 1995, and Flemmi have been charged with a series of murders. Some of the victims were allegedly killed after they tried to give information to the FBI.
U.S. Rep. Dan Burton(R-Indiana) plans to hold hearings next month into claims that FBI agents allowed two men to be wrongly convicted to protect Bulger and Flemmi. Both men were sentenced to life and spent more than 30 years in prison.