Latest on Bulger perjury case: Ex-agent pleads not guilty
The Associated Press
Apr. 30, 2015
A former FBI agent has pleaded not guilty to lying to jurors during mobster James "Whitey" Bulger's trial and overstating his professional accomplishments.
Robert Fitzpatrick's plea comes after federal officials in Boston announced a perjury case against him on Thursday.
Officials say Fitzpatrick's false claims included that he was the first officer who recovered the rifle used to assassinate Martin Luther King Jr.
Prosecutors did not seek to hold him on bail, agreeing with his lawyer that he could be released on a $50,000 unsecured bond. He is due back in court on June 10.
Fitzpatrick did not speak during the brief hearing except to say not guilty when asked for his plea. The conditions of his release include that he give up his passport.
A retired FBI agent who was once second in command in the agency's Boston office has been accused of lying on the stand during the trial of gangster James "Whitey" Bulger.
The government's indictment against Robert Fitzpatrick alleges that from 1998 until the present, Fitzpatrick "has falsely held himself out as a whistleblower who tried to end the FBI's relationship with Bulger."
He is accused of making false statements "designed to aid Bulger's defense."
The indictment unsealed Thursday also alleges that he tried to enhance his own credibility as a former FBI official by making false claims about his professional accomplishments.
The 75-year-old Fitzpatrick is charged with perjury and obstruction. He is due in federal court Thursday afternoon.
His lawyer, Robert Goldstein, did not immediately return a call seeking comment on the accusations.
A retired FBI agent who was once second in command in the agency's Boston office has been arrested on perjury charges and accused of lying on the stand during the trial of gangster James "Whitey" Bulger.
Robert Fitzpatrick surrendered to U.S. marshals Thursday after learning there was a warrant for his arrest.
The 75-year-old Fitzpatrick is charged with six counts of perjury and six counts of obstruction of justice. He is due to appear in federal court on the charges Thursday afternoon.
During Bulger's 2013 trial, Fitzpatrick testified he tried to convince the FBI to terminate Bulger as an informant, because Bulger didn't appear to be helping the FBI's mission to gather information on the Mafia.
Prosecutors suggested he exaggerated his claim to sell copies of a book he wrote about Bulger.