Retired FBI agent: My ‘bad judgment’ led Bulger to murder

bulger whitey bulger james informant card boston
James “Whitey” Bulger’s FBI informant card that identifies former agent John Connolly as his handler.
Credit: US Attorney’s Office

A retired FBI agent testified Thursday that it was his “bad judgment” that led him to divulge information about a cooperating witness who was then allegedly killed by James “Whitey” Bulger and his gang. 

John Morris, who supervised convicted and corrupt FBI agent John Connolly, took the witness stand Thursday in Bulger’s racketeering and murder trial.

Morris, sitting just feet away from the 83-year-old alleged mob boss, testified that he told Connolly about Brain Halloran’s cooperation with authorities. Halloran, a Winter Hill Gang member, was talking to the FBI about a murder allegedly orchestrated and carried out by Bulger and his associates.

Morris told Connolly, who was Bulger’s handler, that Halloran was cooperating and about to go into witness protection. Halloran was later killed.

“I was embarrassed that I did that,” Morris said, adding that is was in “bad judgment.”

Morris, who has received immunity from the government, also testified that he received gifts from Bulger. He said Connolly gave him a case of wine and said it was from Bulger and his associate Stephen Flemmi. Morris said he initially didn’t want to take it, but Connolly said Bulger and Flemmi, who were working as informants, will think that he didn’t trust them and he had to take it.

Morris also said that during a training visit to Georgia he called Connolly to ask if Bulger and Flemmi could pay for a plane ticket for his girlfriend to come down and spend time with him. They provided him with $1,000 for the ticket he said.

Bulger’s lawyer, Hank Brennan, began cross examining Morris late Thursday and repeatedly asked him about instances during which he lied including how he lied to his wife when he started dating his secretary. Morris confirmed he did lie in the various instances.

Morris will be back on the witness stand Friday.

Follow Michael Naughton on Twitter @metrobosmike.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Mutant worms stay sober, even on alcohol

U.S. researchers have developed "mutant worms" that do not get drunk by alcohol, a breakthrough that could lead to new treatment for people trying to quit drinking

Local

K-9 nose helps capture $150K in cocaine at…

A furry, four-legged security agent helped authorities stop an illegal cocaine shipment from sneaking past JFK customs.

National

Minnesota man asked to leave Southwest flight after…

A man and his two sons were asked to leave a Southwest Airlines flight after the man sent a tweet complaining about being treated rudely by a gate agent.

National

Man sues hospital after surprise penis amputation

An Alabama man who went in to a hospital last month for a circumcision awoke after surgery to find his penis had been amputated, his lawyer said on Thursday.

Movies

Review: Brett Ratner's big 'Hercules' movie is small…

The latest "Hercules," starring Dwayne Johnson as the half-god beefcake of Greek myth, strips its hero and tale of most of its fantastical elements.

Arts

Scientists recreate world's smallest Monet copy

Scientists have reproduced a famous Impressionist painting using nano-printing, to create what has been described as the world's smallest work of art. Reworked at the…

Television

Jerry Seinfeld is ambidextrous, and other Reddit AMA…

See some of the weirder highlights of Jerry Seinfeld's recent Reddit AMA.

Going Out

Grab a pedestrian and start dancing at What…

As a New Yorker, I’ve mastered the art of focusing my gaze straight ahead. Though it occasionally piques my interest, the absurdities that play out…

NFL

2014 NFL Fantasy Football Top 100 overall player…

2014 NFL Fantasy Football Top 100 overall player rankings

U.S. Soccer

NYCFC announce signing of Frank Lampard

The tease of a big signing Thursday by new MLS side NYCFC ended up being one rumored for weeks. England midfielder Frank Lampard agreed to…

NBA

NBA great LeBron James sends 800 cupcake apologies…

By Kim PalmerCLEVELAND (Reuters) - NBA star LeBron James, whose recent return to the Cleveland Cavaliers in his home state of Ohio sparked a frenzy…

NFL

Jerry Reese confident with Giants, skipping countdown clocks…

Last year, Giants GM Jerry Reese installed a countdown clock in the locker room to inspire Big Blue to play in their own stadium for Super Bowl XLVIII.

Tech

Forget Wi-Fi: Li-Fi could be the future

Li-Fi technology – developed by Mexican company Sisoft – is wireless internet connectivity using specialized LED light.

Tech

Weather app Climendo might be the most accurate…

The wait for a truly accurate weather forecast could finally be over thanks to a nifty new app called Climendo.

Tech

Napkin Table puts focus off the phone and…

Michael Jan, a design student at Tunghai University in Taiwan, has invented a serviette-picnic blanket hybrid called the Napkin Table.

Style

Essie's new Color Boutique

Essie launches high-tech kiosks at major airports and malls across the country.