U.S. v. Salemme, No. Cr. 94-10287-MLW.

CourtUnited States District Courts. 1st Circuit. United States District Courts. 1st Circuit. District of Massachusetts
Writing for the CourtWolf
Citation91 F.Supp.2d 141
Docket NumberNo. Cr. 94-10287-MLW.,No. Cr. 97-10009-MLW.
Decision Date15 September 1999
PartiesUNITED STATES of America v. Francis P. SALEMME, et al. United States of America v. John Martorano
91 F.Supp.2d 141
UNITED STATES of America
v.
Francis P. SALEMME, et al.
United States of America
v.
John Martorano
No. Cr. 94-10287-MLW.
No. Cr. 97-10009-MLW.
United States District Court, D. Massachusetts.
September 15, 1999.
Clerical Corrections, December 23, 1999.

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Fred M. Wyshak, Jr., Brian T. Kelly, U.S. Attorney's Office, Boston, MA, James D. Herbert, U.S. Attorney's Office, Boston, MA, for U.S.

MaryEllen Kellejer, Law Office of Richard Egbert, Boston, MA, Anthony M. Cardinale, Boston, MA, John Mitchell, Law Office of John Mitchell, New York City, for Francis P. Salemme, Sr.

Martin G. Weinberg, Oteri, Weinberg & Lawson, Boston, MA, Anthony M. Cardinale, Boston, MA, Francis J. DiMento, DiMento & Sullivan, Boston, MA, for John V. Martorano.

Randolph Gioia, Boston, MA, for Robert P. DeLuca

Kenneth J. Fishman, Fishman, Ankner & Horstman, LLP, Boston, MA, Kimberly Homan, Sheketoff & Homan, Boston, MA, for Stephen J. Flemmi.

A. Hugh Scott, Choate, Hall & Stewart, Boston, MA, for James A. Ring.

Jonathan M. Albano, Thomas J. Hennessey, Bingham, Dana & Gould, Boston, MA, for Globe Newspaper Co., Shelley Murphy, Kevin Cullen.

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER

WOLF, District Judge.


 I. SUMMARY ................................................................................................... 148
                 1. The Facts Concerning Defendant Stephen Flemmi's Motion to Dismiss
                 Based on Immunity .................................................................................... 148
                 2. The Motion to Dismiss Based on Immunity ............................................................... 163
                

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 3. Flemmi's Motion to Suppress the 1984-85 Electronic Surveillance ....................................... 166
                 4. DeLuca's Motion to Suppress Concerning the LCN Induction Ceremony ..................................... 170
                 5. Conclusion of Summary ................................................................................. 172
                 II. FINDINGS OF FACT .......................................................................................... 175
                 1. The Standards Applied ................................................................................. 175
                 2. Rico and Flemmi ....................................................................................... 176
                 3. Flemmi as a Fugitive .................................................................................. 183
                 4. The Development of Bulger as an Informant ............................................................. 185
                 5. The FBI Forges the Flemmi-Bulger Partnership .......................................................... 186
                 6. Attorney General Levi's Memorandum on FBI Informants .................................................. 188
                 7. Bulger and Flemmi Begin to Perform as a Team .......................................................... 197
                 8. Morris Becomes Chief of the Organized Crime Squad ..................................................... 198
                 9. The Race-Fix Case ..................................................................................... 199
                 10. The FBI Does Not Investigate Bulger or Flemmi ......................................................... 201
                 11. The Lancaster Street Garage and 98 Prince Street ...................................................... 202
                 12. Sarhatt Extends Bulger and Flemmi As Informants ....................................................... 207
                 13. The Wheeler, Halloran, and Callahan Murders ........................................................... 208
                 14. The FBI Identified Other Informants for Flemmi and Bulger ............................................. 213
                 15. The South Boston Liquor Mart .......................................................................... 215
                 16. Greenleaf Becomes SAC and Ring Becomes Supervisor of the Organized
                 Crime Squad .......................................................................................... 216
                 17. The 1984-85 Electronic Surveillance ................................................................... 220
                 18. Morris Tells Bulger and Flemmi That They Can Do Anything They Want
                 as Long as They Do Not "Clip" Anyone ................................................................. 242
                 19. Dining with "Donnie Brasco" ........................................................................... 244
                 20. Vanessa's ............................................................................................. 244
                 21 Flemmi Becomes A Top Echelon Informant Again .......................................................... 248
                 22. Raymond Slinger ....................................................................................... 250
                 23. Bulger and Flemmi Are Protected From Investigation In the Hobart
                 Willis Case ......................................................................................... 254
                 24. The Guard Rails at the South Boston Liquor Mart ...................................................... 255
                 25. Joseph Murray ......................................................................................... 256
                 26. John Bahorian ......................................................................................... 258
                 27. The Leak and the Threat to The Boston Globe ........................................................... 259
                 28. Flemmi and Salemme .................................................................................... 262
                 29. Mercurio as an Informant .............................................................................. 263
                 30. The LCN Induction Ceremony ............................................................................ 269
                 31. Mercurio as a Fugitive ................................................................................ 289
                 32. The Investigation of Flemmi and Bulger ................................................................ 293
                 33. The Indictment of Bulger and Flemmi and Its Aftermath ................................................. 301
                III. CONCLUSIONS OF LAW ........................................................................................ 315
                 1. Flemmi's Motion to Dismiss or Suppress Based on Immunity .............................................. 315
                 A. The Court is Now Considering Only the Issue of Immunity ............................................. 315
                 B. The Applicable Standards Concerning Immunity ........................................................ 317
                 C. Dismissal of This Case Is Not Now Justified Because Flemmi Was
                 Not Promised Immunity From Prosecution ........................................................... 321
                 D. The Issues of Use and Derivative Use Immunity ....................................................... 325
                 (1) Flemmi Does Not Have An Agreement Providing Use Immunity
                 Generally For His Statements to the FBI ...................................................... 326
                 (2) The Promise of Confidentiality Means Statements to the FBI
                 Which Have the Effect of Identifying Flemmi as an Informant
                 Cannot Be Used Against Him Unless His Defense Makes Them
                 an Issue ...................................................................................... 326
                 (3) Flemmi Had an Enforceable Agreement Relating to 98 Prince
                 Street, Vanessa's, and 34 Guild Street ....................................................... 329
                 (4) A Hearing Will Be Necessary to Determine If This Case Must Be
                 Dismissed and, If Not, Whether Any Evidence Must be Excluded
                 at Trial ..................................................................................... 341
                

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 (5) If Morris and Connolly Were Not Authorized to Promise Flemmi
                 that the Evidence Intercepted at 98 Prince Street, Vanessa's,
                 and 34 Guild Street Would Not Be Used Against Him, Flemmi's
                 Statements to the FBI Relating to Those Interceptions
                 May Have Been Involuntary and, In Addition, Use of Any
                 Evidence Intercepted At Those Locations May Violate Flemmi's
                 Right to Due Process ......................................................................... 346
                 2. The Motion to Suppress the 1984-85 Electronic Surveillance ............................................ 351
                 A. Summary ............................................................................................. 351
                 B. Suppression is Not Justified Based on the Alleged Violation of 18
                 U.S.C. § 2616(1) .............................................................................. 353
                 C. The Standards to be Applied in Deciding Whether to Suppress for a
                 Failure to Satisfy the Requirements of 18 U.S.C. § 2518(1)(c)Concerning
                 the Necessity for Electronic Surveillance .......................................................... 358
                 D. The Necessity Provision of Title III, § 2518(1)(c), is Constitutional in
                 Origin ............................................................................................. 364
                 E. The Motion to Suppress the 1984-85 Surveillance is Meritorious ...................................... 369
                 F. A Hearing is Necessary to Identify the Evidence Which Must be
                 Suppressed Because of the Government's Unlawful Conduct Concerning
                 the 1984-85 Electronic Surveillance and to Determine if
                 Any Other Remedy is Required ....................................................................... 380
                 3. Flemmi is Not an "Aggrieved Person" With Standing to Seek Suppression
                 of the Interceptions at Vanessa's Under Title III .................................................... 381
                 4. DeLuca Does Not Have Standing to Move to Suppress the Evidence
                 Intercepted at 34 Guild Street For a Violation of Title III Because the
                 1998 Supreme Court Decision in Minnesota v. Carter Indicates That
                 Although His Conversation was Intercepted, It Did Not Constitute an
                 "Oral Communication" As Defined in the Statute, and DeLuca's Fourth
                 Amendment Rights Were Not Violated
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    • 25 Febrero 2003
    ...about the earlier chapters of this saga can be found in United States v. Flemmi, 225 F.3d 78 (1st Cir.2000); United States v. Salemme, 91 F.Supp.2d 141 (D.Mass.1999); and United States v. Salemme, 978 F.Supp. 343 (D.Mass.1997). Information about Connolly's relationships was extracted from a......
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    • United States District Courts. 1st Circuit. United States District Courts. 1st Circuit. District of Massachusetts
    • 30 Septiembre 2004
    ...assigned to a different ASAC." (emphasis added)); Fitzpatrick's admission is consistent with the findings in United States v. Salemme, 91 F.Supp.2d 141, 225 (D.Mass.1999) (Wolf, J.) (identifying Fitzpatrick as the FBI Boston Office ASAC in 1984 "with responsibility for relations with the DE......
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    • United States
    • United States District Courts. 1st Circuit. United States District Courts. 1st Circuit. District of Massachusetts
    • 5 Septiembre 2006
    ...crime syndicate Cosa Nostra,2 also known as the Mafia. Since this relationship was brought to light in United States v. Salemme, 91 F.Supp.2d 141 (D.Mass.1999), rev'd in part, 225 F.3d 78 (1st Cir.2000), cert denied sub nom. Flemmi v. United States, 531 U.S. 1170, 121 S.Ct. 1137, 148 L.Ed.2......
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  • In re Boston Herald, Inc., No. 02-2340.
    • United States
    • United States Courts of Appeals. United States Court of Appeals (1st Circuit)
    • 25 Febrero 2003
    ...about the earlier chapters of this saga can be found in United States v. Flemmi, 225 F.3d 78 (1st Cir.2000); United States v. Salemme, 91 F.Supp.2d 141 (D.Mass.1999); and United States v. Salemme, 978 F.Supp. 343 (D.Mass.1997). Information about Connolly's relationships was extracted from a......
  • United States v. Glover, Crim. No. 07-0152-04, 06 (ESH)
    • United States
    • United States District Courts. United States District Court (Columbia)
    • 31 Marzo 2016
    ...Matsura , 129 F.Supp.3d 975, 978 – 82, No. 14–cr–388, 2015 WL 5449912, at *2–5 (S.D.Cal. Sept. 11, 2015) ; United States v. Salemme , 91 F.Supp.2d 141, 381–84 (D.Mass.1999), rev'd in part sub nom. United States v. Flemmi , 225 F.3d 78 (1st Cir.2000), while others, without directly addressin......
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    • United States
    • United States District Courts. 1st Circuit. United States District Courts. 1st Circuit. District of Massachusetts
    • 30 Septiembre 2004
    ...assigned to a different ASAC." (emphasis added)); Fitzpatrick's admission is consistent with the findings in United States v. Salemme, 91 F.Supp.2d 141, 225 (D.Mass.1999) (Wolf, J.) (identifying Fitzpatrick as the FBI Boston Office ASAC in 1984 "with responsibility for relations with the DE......
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