Former FBI Agent lied to Jurors during Mobster James “Whitey” Bulger’s Trial
Federal officials said Thursday that a former FBI agent lied to jurors during mobster James “Whitey” Bulger’s trial and exaggerated what he accomplished being at professional front, like claiming to be the first officer having recovered the rifle used to assassinate Martin Luther King Jr. The officials said this while announcing a perjury case against him.
Robert Fitzpatrick was a second in command of the Boston FBI division. He surrendered to US marshals with his lawyer after knowing a warrant has been issued for his arrest. The 75-year-old Fitzpatrick was facing charges on six counts of perjury and six counts of obstruction of justice. He appeared in federal court on the charges Thursday afternoon.
Fitzpatrick was the first witness being called by Bulger’s attorneys during his 2013 racketeering trial. He said that he tried to ensure termination of Bulger as an informant by persuading the FBI because the mobster was not providing any sort of help in the mission to gather information on the mafia.
Prosecutors said during the hearing that the motive of Fitzpatrick behind exaggerating that claim was to sell copies of a book he wrote about Bulger.
Prosecutor Brian Kelly did cross-examination of Fitzpatrick during Bulger’s trial. Kelly asked him if he liked to cook stories, but Fitzpatrick denied that. Kelly then asked Fitzpatrick about a claim previously made by him for being the first officer at the scene who recovered the weapon used to kill King. Bulger replied that he certainly was the first FBI agent at the scene who found a rifle coming down the stairs, having just missed James Earl Ray, the shooter.
Kelly asked, “Isn’t it true that three Memphis police officers found the rifle that was used to kill Martin Luther King, not Bob Fitzpatrick”.
Fitzpatrick said that he found the rifle along with them. Fitzpatrick was then told by Kelley that a report clearly mentions that the rifle was taken by someone else from police officers and the bundle was then turned over to the FBI three hours later.
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