Durham article 2009


"Colleagues say Durham is thorough and cautious in deciding whether a case deserves to be prosecuted. But once he fixes on a target, the veteran lawyer usually catches his prey."

"Led a task force to go after Hartford street gangs in 1992. Also spearheaded mob prosecutions of the Gambino, Genovese and Patriarca crime families.

•Led numerous public corruption investigations in Connecticut, including that of former Governor John Rowland, who resigned in 2004 and pleaded guilty to accepting gifts and vacations from contractors doing business with the state. He served a year in prison."

"At the request of then-Attorney General Reno, investigated whether notorious Boston mobsters James "Whitey" Bulger and Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi had corrupted the FBI agents whom they served as informants. That probe led to the conviction of retired FBI agent John Connolly Jr., sentenced to 10 years in prison for helping the two avoid prosecution. The investigation helped inspire the Martin Scorsese film The Departed.

• In 2000 he uncovered FBI documents showing four convicted murderers had been framed by agents in the 1960s. Two of the men were released, and later won a $100 million civil judgment against the government. The other two had died in prison."

"Nobody in this country is above the law, an FBI agent or otherwise, and ultimately the ends do not justify the means.""

— Unusual public remarks at press conference the day former FBI agent John Connolly was convicted in 2002. (Boston Globe, January 7, 2008)"