Through his lawyers, FBI informant James “Whitey” Bulger is now accusing the State Police trooper who relentlessly pursued the South Boston gangster of shielding John Martorano from prosecution after the hit man became an informant against Bulger.
In the latest of a flurry of motions that US District Court Judge Denise J. Casper must address as jury selection plods along, Bulger’s attorneys alleged that State Police Lieutenant Steve Johnson may have protected Martorano from being prosecuted for alleged crimes he committed since 2007.
“Despite admitting to over twenty murders, Martorano is today a free man,’’ Bulger attorneys J. W. Carney Jr. and Henry Brennan wrote in court papers. “The defense has received information that Martorano has continued his criminal activity since his 2007 release from prison.’’
In another section of the motion, Bulger’s attorneys said they were seeking a letter sent to Assistant US Attorney James Herbert referencing “efforts of Steve Johnson or any other member of the Massachusetts State Police to protect or insulate John Martorano.’’
Martorano has admitted to killing 20 people and served 12 years in prison in return for agreeing to testify against Bulger and Bulger ally, now disgraced FBI agent, John Connolly.
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