James 'Whitey' Bulger trial

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A Florida appeals court has overturned the murder conviction for a former FBI agent linked to mobster Whitey Bulger.

The 3rd District Court of Appeal ruled Wednesday that former agent John Connolly was improperly convicted and sentenced to 40 years in prison for his role in the 1982 slaying of a gambling executive. A hit man testified that he killed World Jai-Alai President John Callahan after ex-agent Connolly tipped Bulger and others that the executive would implicate them in another death. (AP)

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In this courtroom sketch, James "Whitey" Bulger sits at his sentencing hearing in federal court in Boston, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. Bulger was convicted in August in a broad indictment that included racketeering charges in a string of murders in the 1970s and '80s, as well as extortion, money-laundering and weapons charges. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)
In this courtroom sketch, James "Whitey" Bulger sits at his sentencing hearing in federal court in Boston, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. Bulger was convicted in August in a broad indictment that included racketeering charges in a string of murders in the 1970s and '80s, as well as extortion, money-laundering and weapons charges. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)
In this courtroom sketch, James "Whitey" Bulger sits at his sentencing hearing in federal court in Boston, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. Bulger was convicted in August in a broad indictment that included racketeering charges in a string of murders in the 1970s and '80s, as well as extortion, money-laundering and weapons charges. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)
In this courtroom sketch, Steven Davis, second right, brother of slain Debra Davis, is comforted by his wife, right, as he testifies at the sentencing hearing for James "Whitey" Bulger, left, at federal court in Boston, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. Bulger was convicted in August in a broad indictment that included racketeering charges in a string of murders in the 1970s and '80s, as well as extortion, money-laundering and weapons charges. Jurors could not agree whether Bulger was involved in Debra Davis' killing. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)
In this courtroom sketch, Steven Davis, second right, brother of slain Debra Davis, is comforted by his wife, right, as he testifies at the sentencing hearing for James "Whitey" Bulger, left, at federal court in Boston, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. Bulger was convicted in August in a broad indictment that included racketeering charges in a string of murders in the 1970s and '80s, as well as extortion, money-laundering and weapons charges. Jurors could not agree whether Bulger was involved in Debra Davis' killing. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)
In this courtroom sketch, Steven Davis, second right, brother of slain Debra Davis, is comforted by his wife, right, as he testifies at the sentencing hearing for James "Whitey" Bulger, left, at federal court in Boston, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. Bulger was convicted in August in a broad indictment that included racketeering charges in a string of murders in the 1970s and '80s, as well as extortion, money-laundering and weapons charges. Jurors could not agree whether Bulger was involved in Debra Davis' killing. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)
A courtroom artist's sketch shows convicted mobster James "Whitey" Bulger in Boston, Massachusetts November 14, 2013. Convicted mob boss Bulger will spend the rest of his life in prison after a U.S. judge on Thursday sentenced him to serve two life terms plus five years for crimes he committed, including 11 murders. REUTERS/Jane Collins (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW) ATTENTION EDITORS - NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS
Courtroom artist's sketch shows convicted mobster James "Whitey" Bulger in Boston
A courtroom artist's sketch shows convicted mobster James "Whitey" Bulger in Boston, Massachusetts November 14, 2013. Convicted mob boss Bulger will spend the rest of his life in prison after a U.S. judge on Thursday sentenced him to serve two life terms plus five years for crimes he committed, including 11 murders. REUTERS/Jane Collins (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW) ATTENTION EDITORS - NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS
This undated photo filed in federal court documents in Boston by defense attorneys for James "Whitey" Bulger on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, shows Bulger with holding a goat in an unknown location. The photo was among several that showed a softer side of Bulger, which prosecutors complained were an attempt to salvage his reputation. Bulger, 83, is charged in a racketeering indictment with playing a role in 19 killings and multiple extortions during the 1970s and ‘80s when he alleged led the Winter Hill Gang. (AP Photo/Federal Court Documents)
This undated photo filed in federal court documents in Boston by defense attorneys for James "Whitey" Bulger on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, shows Bulger with holding a goat in an unknown location. The photo was among several that showed a softer side of Bulger, which prosecutors complained were an attempt to salvage his reputation. Bulger, 83, is charged in a racketeering indictment with playing a role in 19 killings and multiple extortions during the 1970s and ‘80s when he alleged led the Winter Hill Gang. (AP Photo/Federal Court Documents)
This undated photo filed in federal court documents in Boston by defense attorneys for James "Whitey" Bulger on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, shows Bulger with holding a goat in an unknown location. The photo was among several that showed a softer side of Bulger, which prosecutors complained were an attempt to salvage his reputation. Bulger, 83, is charged in a racketeering indictment with playing a role in 19 killings and multiple extortions during the 1970s and ‘80s when he alleged led the Winter Hill Gang. (AP Photo/Federal Court Documents)
This undated photo filed in federal court documents in Boston by defense attorneys for James "Whitey" Bulger on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, shows Bulger in an unknown location. The photo was among several that showed a softer side of Bulger, which prosecutors complained were an attempt to salvage his reputation. Bulger, 83, is charged in a racketeering indictment with playing a role in 19 killings and multiple extortions during the 1970s and ‘80s when he alleged led the Winter Hill Gang. (AP Photo/Federal Court Documents)
This undated photo filed in federal court documents in Boston by defense attorneys for James "Whitey" Bulger on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, shows Bulger in an unknown location. The photo was among several that showed a softer side of Bulger, which prosecutors complained were an attempt to salvage his reputation. Bulger, 83, is charged in a racketeering indictment with playing a role in 19 killings and multiple extortions during the 1970s and ‘80s when he alleged led the Winter Hill Gang. (AP Photo/Federal Court Documents)
This undated photo filed in federal court documents in Boston by defense attorneys for James "Whitey" Bulger on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, shows Bulger in an unknown location. The photo was among several that showed a softer side of Bulger, which prosecutors complained were an attempt to salvage his reputation. Bulger, 83, is charged in a racketeering indictment with playing a role in 19 killings and multiple extortions during the 1970s and ‘80s when he alleged led the Winter Hill Gang. (AP Photo/Federal Court Documents)
This undated black and white photo filed in federal court documents in Boston by defense attorneys for James "Whitey" Bulger on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, shows Bulger in an unknown location. The photo was among several that showed a softer side of Bulger, which prosecutors complained were an attempt to salvage his reputation. Bulger, 83, is charged in a racketeering indictment with playing a role in 19 killings and multiple extortions during the 1970s and ‘80s when he alleged led the Winter Hill Gang. (AP Photo/Federal Court Documents)
This undated black and white photo filed in federal court documents in Boston by defense attorneys for James "Whitey" Bulger on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, shows Bulger in an unknown location. The photo was among several that showed a softer side of Bulger, which prosecutors complained were an attempt to salvage his reputation. Bulger, 83, is charged in a racketeering indictment with playing a role in 19 killings and multiple extortions during the 1970s and ‘80s when he alleged led the Winter Hill Gang. (AP Photo/Federal Court Documents)
This undated black and white photo filed in federal court documents in Boston by defense attorneys for James "Whitey" Bulger on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, shows Bulger in an unknown location. The photo was among several that showed a softer side of Bulger, which prosecutors complained were an attempt to salvage his reputation. Bulger, 83, is charged in a racketeering indictment with playing a role in 19 killings and multiple extortions during the 1970s and ‘80s when he alleged led the Winter Hill Gang. (AP Photo/Federal Court Documents)
This undated photo filed in federal court documents in Boston by defense attorneys for James "Whitey" Bulger on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, shows Bulger with an unidentified woman holding birds in an unknown location. The photo was among several that showed a softer side of Bulger, which prosecutors complained were an attempt to salvage his reputation. Bulger, 83, is charged in a racketeering indictment with playing a role in 19 killings and multiple extortions during the 1970s and ‘80s when he alleged led the Winter Hill Gang. (AP Photo/Federal Court Documents)
This undated photo filed in federal court documents in Boston by defense attorneys for James "Whitey" Bulger on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, shows Bulger with an unidentified woman holding birds in an unknown location. The photo was among several that showed a softer side of Bulger, which prosecutors complained were an attempt to salvage his reputation. Bulger, 83, is charged in a racketeering indictment with playing a role in 19 killings and multiple extortions during the 1970s and ‘80s when he alleged led the Winter Hill Gang. (AP Photo/Federal Court Documents)
This undated photo filed in federal court documents in Boston by defense attorneys for James "Whitey" Bulger on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, shows Bulger with an unidentified woman holding birds in an unknown location. The photo was among several that showed a softer side of Bulger, which prosecutors complained were an attempt to salvage his reputation. Bulger, 83, is charged in a racketeering indictment with playing a role in 19 killings and multiple extortions during the 1970s and ‘80s when he alleged led the Winter Hill Gang. (AP Photo/Federal Court Documents)
FILE - This undated file photo shown during court proceedings in the Miami Courthouse, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008 shows John Martorano, who was questioned about his plea agreement in exchange for testifying against former FBI agent John Connolly. Connolly was accused of helping the Boston mob murder Miami gambling executive John Callahan in 1982. Martorano testified for a second day during the trial of James "Whitey" Bulger, Tuesday, June 18, 2013 in federal court in Boston. Bulger is charged in a racketeering indictment with participating in 19 killings in the 1970s and '80s as leader of the Winter Hill Gang. (AP Photo/Marice Cohn Band, Pool)
FILE - This undated file photo shown during court proceedings in the Miami Courthouse, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008 shows John Martorano, who was questioned about his plea agreement in exchange for testifying against former FBI agent John Connolly. Connolly was accused of helping the Boston mob murder Miami gambling executive John Callahan in 1982. Martorano testified for a second day during the trial of James "Whitey" Bulger, Tuesday, June 18, 2013 in federal court in Boston. Bulger is charged in a racketeering indictment with participating in 19 killings in the 1970s and '80s as leader of the Winter Hill Gang. (AP Photo/Marice Cohn Band, Pool)
FILE - This undated file photo shown during court proceedings in the Miami Courthouse, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008 shows John Martorano, who was questioned about his plea agreement in exchange for testifying against former FBI agent John Connolly. Connolly was accused of helping the Boston mob murder Miami gambling executive John Callahan in 1982. Martorano testified for a second day during the trial of James "Whitey" Bulger, Tuesday, June 18, 2013 in federal court in Boston. Bulger is charged in a racketeering indictment with participating in 19 killings in the 1970s and '80s as leader of the Winter Hill Gang. (AP Photo/Marice Cohn Band, Pool)
This undated black and white photo released by the U.S. Attorney's Office and presented as evidence Wednesday, June 19, 2013, during the trial of James "Whitey" Bulger in U.S. District Court in Boston, shows a crime scene where a victim was shot to death in a telephone booth. Bulger, the reputed former head of the mostly Irish-American Winter Hill Gang based in South Boston, is accused of playing a role in 19 killings during the 1970s and '80s. (AP Photo/U.S. Attorney's Office)
This undated black and white photo released by the U.S. Attorney's Office and presented as evidence Wednesday, June 19, 2013, during the trial of James "Whitey" Bulger in U.S. District Court in Boston, shows a crime scene where a victim was shot to death in a telephone booth. Bulger, the reputed former head of the mostly Irish-American Winter Hill Gang based in South Boston, is accused of playing a role in 19 killings during the 1970s and '80s. (AP Photo/U.S. Attorney's Office)
This undated black and white photo released by the U.S. Attorney's Office and presented as evidence Wednesday, June 19, 2013, during the trial of James "Whitey" Bulger in U.S. District Court in Boston, shows a crime scene where a victim was shot to death in a telephone booth. Bulger, the reputed former head of the mostly Irish-American Winter Hill Gang based in South Boston, is accused of playing a role in 19 killings during the 1970s and '80s. (AP Photo/U.S. Attorney's Office)
This undated photo released by the U.S. Attorney's Office and presented as evidence Wednesday, June 19, 2013, during the trial of James "Whitey" Bulger in U.S. District Court in Boston, shows a car with bullet holes in the door and a bloody cap on the seat. Bulger, the reputed former head of the mostly Irish-American Winter Hill Gang based in South Boston, is accused of playing a role in 19 killings during the 1970s and '80s. (AP PhotoU.S. Attorney's Office)
This undated photo released by the U.S. Attorney's Office and presented as evidence Wednesday, June 19, 2013, during the trial of James "Whitey" Bulger in U.S. District Court in Boston, shows a car with bullet holes in the door and a bloody cap on the seat. Bulger, the reputed former head of the mostly Irish-American Winter Hill Gang based in South Boston, is accused of playing a role in 19 killings during the 1970s and '80s. (AP PhotoU.S. Attorney's Office)
This undated photo released by the U.S. Attorney's Office and presented as evidence Wednesday, June 19, 2013, during the trial of James "Whitey" Bulger in U.S. District Court in Boston, shows a car with bullet holes in the door and a bloody cap on the seat. Bulger, the reputed former head of the mostly Irish-American Winter Hill Gang based in South Boston, is accused of playing a role in 19 killings during the 1970s and '80s. (AP PhotoU.S. Attorney's Office)
This undated black and white photo released by the U.S. Attorney's Office and presented as evidence Wednesday, June 19, 2013, during the trial of James "Whitey" Bulger in U.S. District Court in Boston, shows a car with a blood-stained front seat and shattered glass on the floorboard. Bulger, the reputed former head of the mostly Irish-American Winter Hill Gang based in South Boston, is accused of playing a role in 19 killings during the 1970s and '80s. (AP Photo/U.S. Attorney's Office)
This undated black and white photo released by the U.S. Attorney's Office and presented as evidence Wednesday, June 19, 2013, during the trial of James "Whitey" Bulger in U.S. District Court in Boston, shows a car with a blood-stained front seat and shattered glass on the floorboard. Bulger, the reputed former head of the mostly Irish-American Winter Hill Gang based in South Boston, is accused of playing a role in 19 killings during the 1970s and '80s. (AP Photo/U.S. Attorney's Office)
This undated black and white photo released by the U.S. Attorney's Office and presented as evidence Wednesday, June 19, 2013, during the trial of James "Whitey" Bulger in U.S. District Court in Boston, shows a car with a blood-stained front seat and shattered glass on the floorboard. Bulger, the reputed former head of the mostly Irish-American Winter Hill Gang based in South Boston, is accused of playing a role in 19 killings during the 1970s and '80s. (AP Photo/U.S. Attorney's Office)
This 1980 black and white surveillance photo released by the U.S. Attorney's Office and presented as evidence during the first day of a trial for James "Whitey" Bulger in U.S. District Court in Boston, Wednesday, June 12, 2013, shows Bulger, right, with another man at a Lancaster Street garage in Boston's North End. Bulger is on trial for a long list of crimes, including extortion and playing a role in 19 killings. (AP PhotoU.S. Attorney's Office)
This 1980 black and white surveillance photo released by the U.S. Attorney's Office and presented as evidence during the first day of a trial for James "Whitey" Bulger in U.S. District Court in Boston, Wednesday, June 12, 2013, shows Bulger, right, with another man at a Lancaster Street garage in Boston's North End. Bulger is on trial for a long list of crimes, including extortion and playing a role in 19 killings. (AP PhotoU.S. Attorney's Office)
This 1980 black and white surveillance photo released by the U.S. Attorney's Office and presented as evidence during the first day of a trial for James "Whitey" Bulger in U.S. District Court in Boston, Wednesday, June 12, 2013, shows Bulger, right, with another man at a Lancaster Street garage in Boston's North End. Bulger is on trial for a long list of crimes, including extortion and playing a role in 19 killings. (AP PhotoU.S. Attorney's Office)
This undated photo released by the U.S. Attorney's Office and presented as evidence during the trial of James "Whitey" Bulger in U.S. District Court in Boston, Thursday, June 13, 2013, shows several weapons from an arsenal that investigators say the Bulger and his gang owned. Bulger is charged with a long list of crimes in a 32-count racketeering indictment, including participating in 19 killings in the 1970s and '80s. (AP Photo/U.S. Attorney's Office)
This undated photo released by the U.S. Attorney's Office and presented as evidence during the trial of James "Whitey" Bulger in U.S. District Court in Boston, Thursday, June 13, 2013, shows several weapons from an arsenal that investigators say the Bulger and his gang owned. Bulger is charged with a long list of crimes in a 32-count racketeering indictment, including participating in 19 killings in the 1970s and '80s. (AP Photo/U.S. Attorney's Office)
This undated photo released by the U.S. Attorney's Office and presented as evidence during the trial of James "Whitey" Bulger in U.S. District Court in Boston, Thursday, June 13, 2013, shows several weapons from an arsenal that investigators say the Bulger and his gang owned. Bulger is charged with a long list of crimes in a 32-count racketeering indictment, including participating in 19 killings in the 1970s and '80s. (AP Photo/U.S. Attorney's Office)
This 1980 black and white surveillance photo released by the U.S. Attorney's Office and presented as evidence during the first day of a trial for James "Whitey" Bulger in U.S. District Court in Boston, Wednesday, June 12, 2013, shows Bulger, center, with Ted Berenson, left, and Phil Wagenheim at a Lancaster Street garage in Boston's North End. Bulger is on trial for a long list of crimes, including extortion and playing a role in 19 killings. (AP Photo/U.S. Attorney's Office)
This 1980 black and white surveillance photo released by the U.S. Attorney's Office and presented as evidence during the first day of a trial for James "Whitey" Bulger in U.S. District Court in Boston, Wednesday, June 12, 2013, shows Bulger, center, with Ted Berenson, left, and Phil Wagenheim at a Lancaster Street garage in Boston's North End. Bulger is on trial for a long list of crimes, including extortion and playing a role in 19 killings. (AP Photo/U.S. Attorney's Office)
This 1980 black and white surveillance photo released by the U.S. Attorney's Office and presented as evidence during the first day of a trial for James "Whitey" Bulger in U.S. District Court in Boston, Wednesday, June 12, 2013, shows Bulger, center, with Ted Berenson, left, and Phil Wagenheim at a Lancaster Street garage in Boston's North End. Bulger is on trial for a long list of crimes, including extortion and playing a role in 19 killings. (AP Photo/U.S. Attorney's Office)
This undated photo released by the U.S. Attorney's Office and presented as evidence during the trial of James "Whitey" Bulger in U.S. District Court in Boston, Thursday, June 13, 2013, shows a panel of black and white photos including the alleged Winter Hill Gang leader, left, and other members of the organization in 1975. Bulger is charged with a long list of crimes in a 32-count racketeering indictment, including participating in 19 killings in the 1970s and '80s. (AP Photo/U.S. Attorney's Office)
This undated photo released by the U.S. Attorney's Office and presented as evidence during the trial of James "Whitey" Bulger in U.S. District Court in Boston, Thursday, June 13, 2013, shows a panel of black and white photos including the alleged Winter Hill Gang leader, left, and other members of the organization in 1975. Bulger is charged with a long list of crimes in a 32-count racketeering indictment, including participating in 19 killings in the 1970s and '80s. (AP Photo/U.S. Attorney's Office)
This undated photo released by the U.S. Attorney's Office and presented as evidence during the trial of James "Whitey" Bulger in U.S. District Court in Boston, Thursday, June 13, 2013, shows a panel of black and white photos including the alleged Winter Hill Gang leader, left, and other members of the organization in 1975. Bulger is charged with a long list of crimes in a 32-count racketeering indictment, including participating in 19 killings in the 1970s and '80s. (AP Photo/U.S. Attorney's Office)
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A courtroom sketch depicts James "Whitey" Bulger, right, as his attorney Henry Brennan, center, speaks during a pretrial conference before U.S. District Judge Denise Casper, left rear, in a federal courtroom in Boston Monday, June 3, 2013. Bulger is charged with playing a role in 19 murders. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)
A courtroom sketch depicts James "Whitey" Bulger, right, as his attorney Henry Brennan, center, speaks during a pretrial conference before U.S. District Judge Denise Casper, left rear, in a federal courtroom in Boston Monday, June 3, 2013. Bulger is charged with playing a role in 19 murders. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)
A courtroom sketch depicts James "Whitey" Bulger, right, as his attorney Henry Brennan, center, speaks during a pretrial conference before U.S. District Judge Denise Casper, left rear, in a federal courtroom in Boston Monday, June 3, 2013. Bulger is charged with playing a role in 19 murders. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)
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