Boston Globe: Florida Prosecutors Ask Court to Reinstate John Connolly Conviction

John Connolly stands after a hearing Thursday, Sept. 4, 2008 in Miami. Connolly, once a star agent in the Boston FBI office, will stand trial for murder and conspiracy this month because prosecutors say he provided key information setting up a 1982 gangland hit after gambling executive John Callahan's bullet-riddled body was discovered in the trunk of his Cadillac at Miami's airport. Jury selection is set to begin Sept. 8. (Wilfredo Lee/Associated Press) Library Tag 09092008 City & Region / / / WHITEYGLOBEBOOK SECONDUPLOAD **whiteybulgerarchive
John Connolly stood after a hearing on Sept. 4, 2008 in Miami.

Prosecutors in Florida have asked an appeals court to reinstate the murder conviction of corrupt former FBI agent John Connolly, The Boston Globe reports.

The Florida attorney general's office appealed to the Third District Court of Appeals to take another look at the case. A three-judge panel of the court in late May had thrown out Connolly's second-degree murder conviction for the 1982 slaying of businessman John Callahan.

Connolly was sentenced to 40 years in prison in 2009, after jurors heard he told notorious mobster James “Whitey” Bulger and Stephen “The Rifleman” that Callahan would notify the FBI about their involvement in a 1981 murder. In 1982, Callahan’s body was found in the trunk of a car at Miami International Airport.

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