Boston Herald

Judge OKs suits vs. crooked feds
By J.M. Lawrence
Saturday, September 18, 2004


The Justice Department lost a major round yesterday in a battle to bury lawsuits against the FBI filed on behalf of four Boston men framed for a 1965 mob murder.
      U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Gertner rejected the government's argument that there were no laws allowing the men to sue at the time they went to prison in the murder of Edward ``Teddy'' Deegan. Congress didn't vote to waive immunity to such claims until 1974.
      Gertner ruled the government cover-up continued for decades until 2000 when a Justice Department task force uncovered secret FBI memos showing Peter J. Limone, Joseph Salvati, Louis Greco and Edward Tameleo had been wrongly convicted based on perjured testimony.
      In a 75-page ruling, the judge said former FBI agents even ``channeled false information to the office of the Governor'' to derail a commutation for Limone in 1983 and convinced the Parole Board in 1986 to rescind its vote to give Salvati a commutation hearing.
      Limone spent 33 years in prison while Salvati spent 30 years behind bars. Greco, who was in Miami at the time of the murder, died in prison in 1995. Tameleo died behind bars in 1985. Limone and Tameleo were top men in New England godfather Raymond L.S. Patriarca's Mafia.
      ``In short, the state prosecution of Limone, Greco, Salvati and Tameleo was procured by the FBI and nurtured by both federal agents and state officers who knew that the charges were bogus,'' the judge said in a 75-page ruling.
      The judge said she will hear no further arguments to dismiss the cases seeking total damages of more than $500 million. No trial date is set.


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