Thursday, October 16, 2008

Would the Real Donnie Brasco Please Stand Up

CNN reports today that the real-life Donnie Brasco, Joseph Pistone, refuses to testify on behalf of his friend and former colleague, ex-FBI Agent John Connolly. We discussed the Connolly case before, here, when his trial began in Miami.

This story is better than most movies. Connolly allegedly provided information to the Boston Mafia that led to the assassination of gambling kingpin John Callahan in 1982. That took place in Miami. The trigger man is now out of prison and testifying against Connolly.

Pistone's testimony was intended to show the difficulty of investigating organized crime and handling informants who are often violent criminals themselves.

What do you think about this case? It's got a bit of everything. It's got cops that go deep under cover, perhaps becoming tainted by the mobster environment; it's got contract killings; it's got Donnie Brasco, for crying out loud. Forget about it.

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