Robert Fitzpatrick, Former Special Agent of the FBI
Robert Fitzpatrick, who was arrested last year and charged with a dozen counts of perjury and obstruction of justice, was an FBI agent from 1965 to 1986. In filings yesterday in U.S. District Court in Boston, federal prosecutors attempted to debunk Fitzpatrick’s statement that he was the first agent on scene of the 1968 Memphis, Tenn., assassination and found the rifle.
“During his two days of sworn testimony at the Bulger trial, Fitzpatrick lied repeatedly,” the filing states.
Were there as many fibs in his book?
“Much of his false testimony related to Fitzpatrick’s role in the Bulger saga; however, he also made several false statements about his career in the FBI in order to enhance his own credibility on the key issue of Bulger’s defense — FBI corruption and government misconduct,” the filing says. “One of the ways in which Fitzpatrick attempted to enhance his credibility was by falsely claiming he found the Ray rifle and he pursued James Earl Ray at the crime scene.”
Fitzpatrick is charged with six counts of perjury and six counts of obstruction of justice for his July 2013 testimony during Bulger’s trial. The FBI said Fitzpatrick’s name does not appear on any of the documents that relate to the rifle’s discovery, or on its chain of evidence. Fitzpatrick’s lawyer, Robert. M. Goldstein, did not reply to a call or email for comment. Federal prosecutors said many of the eyewitnesses there that day are now dead.
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