US District Court drops $10 Million lawsuit by family seeking compensation from gov't for 1974 murder
Jan 08, 2016 09:25 AM EST
A judge from the Boston Courthouse has dismissed a nearly $10 million lawsuit brought to the court by family members of a murdered man who was slain by a certain James 'Whitey' Bulger and his group.
The family of the victim claimed a certain FBI agent by the name of John Connolly, Jr. knew of the said murder and the victim's body's whereabouts for decades, however, kept this unknown to the family for years.
According to a report from Boston Globe, federal Judge in the US District Court in Boston has dismissed the case brought upon the government last June by the family of the late Paul McGonagle Sr., who was killed in 1974. In the report, the family of Paul who was killed by a Southern Boston gang leader sought $9.9 million for negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress, according to court papers.
Another report from ABC News added how Judge Dennis Saylor IV sympathized with the family, however, added how the government had no legal duty to report the whereabouts or what they knew regarding his whereabouts to the family. FBI agent John Connolly. Jr/ was also accused by the McGonagle family of knowing for years where their loved one's body had been 'dumped' but failed to inform the family of his whereabouts and what really happened.
Star Tribune contributed to the report and added how McGonagle's widow, who's now 77-years-old, and her sons were suing the government for a ridiculous amount of $9.8million. According to court documents, the family stated how they were agonized over their husband and father's disappearance up until the year of 2000 when a government witness revealed his grave.
Despite filing the lawsuit against the government, Judge Dennis dismissed it after seeing no illegal damage had been done. At the moment Paul McGonagle Sr's killer, James 'Whitey' Bulger, is currently serving lifetime in prison. It's not yet known how the victim's family is taking the news and no further comments or statements have been issued.