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Kerry Legislation Will Pay Overdue Damages to Whitey Bulger Victims' Families


Location: Boston, MA

Senator John Kerry today introduced legislation to deliver unpaid damages to the families of two victims murdered by James "Whitey" Bulger.

In 2009, a federal judge awarded the families of FBI informant Brian Halloran and his acquaintance Michael Donahue, a total of $8.5 million in a wrongful death suit against the FBI for leaking Halloran's name to the notorious Boston gangster, who subsequently gunned him down in 1982. Bulger also murdered Donahue, an innocent bystander giving Halloran a ride home.

"We can't place a time limit on these families' grief or allow arbitrary restrictions to deny them the court-ordered damages they're due," said Sen. Kerry. "It's our job to make this right."

Earlier this month, an Appeals court denied the families the money, arguing the families did not file their claims for damages on time. Kerry's legislation would require the U.S. Treasury to pay the families.

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