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Difficulty of Challenging the Necessity of Electronic Surveillance; The 'Necessity' Requirement Revisited: San Francisco District Judge Suppresses Wiretap Evidence

By Barry Tarlow

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Barry Tarlow is a nationally prominent criminal defense lawyer practicing in Los Angeles, CA. He is a frequent author and lecturer on criminal law. He was formerly a prosecutor in the United States Attorney's Office and is a member of The Champion Advisory Board. The author wishes to thank Kevin Jon Heller, a member of his firm, for his invaluable assistance in the preparation of this column.

The Strange World of Whitey Bulger; Or Difficulty of Challenging the Necessity of Electronic Surveillance

For more than two decades, James J. "Whitey" Bulger was a notorious gangster, the leader of Boston's Winter Hill Gang, a criminal organization involved in everything from racketeering to drug trafficking to murder and closely tied to La Cosa Nostra ("LCN"), the Mafia. In a series of extraordinary developments, the Justice Department was recently forced to admit that Bulger was also an FBI informer the entire time. See Fox Butterfield, "Use of Informers May Taint FBI Cases," New York Times, June

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