Lawmaker seeks payments for alleged Bulger victims

AP News
Posted: Oct 13, 2011 9:15 AM
Lawmaker seeks payments for alleged Bulger victims

A U.S. Representative from Massachusetts wants Congress to do what federal courts would not.

Democrat William Keating has filed a pair of bills that would provide $8.5 million in compensation to the families of two alleged victims of former Boston mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger.

A judge found the federal government liable for the 1982 deaths of Michael Donahue and Edward "Brian" Halloran because Bulger was an FBI informant at the time and awarded their families the money.

A federal appeals court overruled the lower court, saying the families had waited too long to make their claims. The appeals court last week denied the families a hearing on the issue.

Keating tells The Boston Globe ( he filed the bills because justice wasn't being served.

Donahue's son, Tom, tells the Boston Herald (, he's "more than pleased."