So, what happened that caused a highly decorated FBI Agent to be targeted for prosecution? The prosecution of John Connolly had it’s beginnings on the streets of New York City on December 14, 1972, when John Connolly, in the company of two fellow FBI Agents, Thomas Baker and Arthur “Artie” Grubert, recognized Frances Salemme, a.k.a. “Cadillac Frank,” as a wanted FBI fugitive. Salemme, “proposed” member of the Patriarca Family, was a fugitive, along with his sidekick and fellow “proposed” member, Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi for a Boston gangland slaying as well as the 1968 Mafia ordered car bombing of Attorney, John Fitzgerald, targeted by Mafia Boss, Raymond L.S. Patriarca, who believed Fitzgerald was poised to become a Government witness against him. Attorney John Fitzgerald, miraculously, survived the car bombing but was badly maimed and lost a leg in the blast. After recognizing Salemme, a brief chase on the streets of the Upper East Side ensued and Connolly brought down Salemme, arresting him at gunpoint while his fellow agents subdued a Mafia associate who was with Salemme. John Connolly testified against “Cadillac Frank” Salemme in his 1973 trial in Boston, which resulted in his being convicted of attempted murder and mayhem. Salemme was sentenced to twenty years in prison. Salemme served 16 years, and was paroled in 1988. He was promptly inducted as a member of the Patriarca Crime Family. The treacherous and cunning Frank Salemme enjoyed a serendipitous rise through the ranks of the Mafia thanks to the depletion of the Mafia hierarchy due to successful FBI prosecutions coupled with Salemme’s murdering several of his rivals. Salemme was named boss of the New England Mafia in the early 1990’s and was indicted in a RICO Enterprise Case in early January of 1995 along with several other co-defendants, including FBI Top Echelon Informants, James “Whitey” Bulger, and Stephen “The Rifelman” Flemmi.
John Connolly’s Arrest
In December of 1999, three days before Christmas, and 10 years after his retirement from the FBI, John Connolly was indicted for racketeering just before the statute of limitations ran out. John was indicted through the misguided efforts of certain federal prosecutors, working in tandem with a so-called investigation being conducted by a certain DEA Agent and a Massachusetts State Police Officer, both of whom admit to a personal agenda against the FBI in general. The charges included one that alleged that five years after his retirement from the FBI, John tipped off James “Whitey” Bulger, and Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi, that they were about to be indicted — despite the fact that it had already been widely publicized in the newspapers for several months earlier that a grand jury had been sitting on their case, and that indictments were expected soon. Additionally, the indictment of John came following extensive and highly publicized pretrial hearings in federal district court before U.S. District Court Judge Mark L. Wolf in the racketeering case of United States v. Frances P. Salemme, James J. Bulger, Stephen Flemmi, et al., U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, No. 94-10287 (the “Wolf Hearings”). The government’s “Star” witness against John Connolly was none other than Frank “Cadillac Frank” Salemme. By the time of Salemme’s 1995 indictment he had become the prime suspect in numerous murders, but as part of his plea deal in testifying against Connolly, he had only admitted to involvement to six murders. As we will show, the Government cut this deal with Salemme even though they believed him responsible for 6 additional murders that he didn’t admit to. Government witness Roger Vella, Jr., would put the figure at eleven (11)”other” murders for a grand total of 19! Prosecutors compounded matters by cutting a deal with, Johnny Martorano, a world class assassin known in the Boston underworld as the “Basin Street Butcher.” Martorana, admitted to 20 murders in a “deal” with the prosecutors and to the fact that he never even met John Connolly! John Connolly was acquitted of everything Martorano testified to. The government also cut deals with Kevin Weeks who admitted to participating in 5 murders, along with John Connolly’s admittedly corrupt supervisor John Morris. Ironincally, Morris admitted to taking money from FBI informant, Bulger and Flemmi, but admitted under oath that he never knew John Connolly to take any money!
John Acquitted of Most of The Charges Against Him
John was acquitted of the vast majority of multiple charges brought against him. John was convicted of one count of racketeering (although acquitted of 9 out of the 14 alleged predicate acts), two counts of obstruction of justice and one count of furnishing a false statement. Newly discovered evidence disclosed since his conviction in May of 2002, placed his conviction in serious doubt. John completed serving his federal sentence in 2011. While John was serving his federal sentence he was indicted in Miami on murder charges in connection with the murder of John Callahan by John Martorano.
John Indicted In Florida May 2005
In May 2005, John Connolly was indicted on one count of murder and one count of conspiracy to murder John Callahan (a known criminal and former president of World Jai Alai) The main witness against John Connolly for the indictment are the same witnesses that lied in John’s Boston trial; Stephen Flemmi, Kevin Weeks, John Martarono. Also, John was acquitted in the Boston trial of alerting Bulger and Flemmi that John Callahan was being sought to testify before a grand jury. John Connolly and his family have suffered due to his wrongful conviction and false imprisonment and as he fights to clear his name he is in need of our help. Go to posting Justice Denied to get updates on the Florida case.