Disgraced former FBI agent John Morris grew emotional on the stand in the trial of James “Whitey” Bulger today as he looked at the family of one of the gangster’s alleged murder victims and apologized for what he has acknowledged could have been his “indirect” role in the killing.
“Not a day goes by that I don’t pray that God gives you blessing and comfort for the pain,” Morris said to the Donahue family, seated in the front row.
“I do want to express my sincere apology for things I did, and I didn’t do,” he said. “I do not ask for forgiveness — that’s too much. But I do acknowledge it publicly.”
Michael Donahue’s widow, Patricia, sat in the front row of the courtroom, looking shaken. Her son Michael had his arm around her shoulders. Her two other sons, Shawn and Tom, sat behind them.
The elder Michael Donahue was an innocent bystander who was giving Bulger associate Brian Halloran a ride home in 1982 when Bulger allegedly sprayed their car with bullets, killing them both. Morris acknowledged that he had passed along the information that apparently triggered the attack: that Halloran was cooperating with authorities investigating a murder in which Bulger allegedly played a role.
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