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Opinion

Farah Stockman

Dirty secrets and sweet deals

THE WHITEY BULGER trial was supposed to be about the long arm of justice holding a bad guy accountable, after all these years. But last week, it showcased just the opposite: a bad guy walking free.

The prosecution’s star witness, Johnny Martorano, an admitted murderer of 20 people, spent only 12 years in prison. Because he decided to cooperate, the feds put roughly $6,000 into his prison bank account over those years. After his release, Uncle Sam gave him $20,000 in “start-up” funds, and let him keep some $200,000 worth of ill-gotten gains.

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