BOSTON (AP) – A man who spent more than three decades in prison after being framed by the FBI for a gangland slaying he did not commit is being investigated again by law enforcement.

State police raided the Medford home of Peter Limone last week, his lawyer confirmed to The Associated Press.

It was not immediately clear why Limone’s home was searched or what was taken by police.

Limone and three other men and their families won a $101.7 million judgment last year after a federal judge found that Boston FBI agents withheld evidence they knew could prove the men were not involved in the 1965 murder of Edward “Teddy” Deegan, a small-time hoodlum who was shot in an alley.

At the time of the Deegan slaying, Limone was a reputed leader of the New England mob.

Limone’s lawyer, Juliane Balliro, confirmed that state police searched Limone’s home Friday, but dismissed published reports that he is now considered by law enforcement to be the leader of the Boston mob.

“They’ve been singing that song for 35 years now,” Balliro said. “They were looking, obviously, for evidence of some sort of a crime … to my knowledge, they didn’t find anything. I don’t know where they are getting their information from.”

“If you are asking me if he is involved in organized crime, my answer to you is no,” she said.

Balliro said she does not know what police took from Limone’s home.

Limone did not immediately return a call seeking comment Monday.

Spokesmen for the state police and for Middlesex District Attorney’s office both declined comment.

In July, U.S. District Judge Nancy Gertner said FBI agents were trying to protect informants when they encouraged a witness to lie, then withheld evidence they knew could prove Limone and three other men were not involved in the Deegan killing. The U.S. Justice Department is appealing the ruling.

Gertner said Boston FBI agents knew mob hitman Joseph “The Animal” Barboza lied when he named Limone, Joseph Salvati, Henry Tameleo and Louis Greco as Deegan’s killers. She said the FBI considered the four “collateral damage” in its war against the Mafia, the bureau’s top priority in the 1960s.

Tameleo and Greco died behind bars, while Salvati and Limone spent three decades in prison before they were exonerated in 2001. Limone, Salvati and the families of the other men sued the federal government for malicious prosecution.

“It’s been a long time coming,” Limone said after Gertner announced the judgment. “What I’ve been through – I hope it never happens to anyone else.”

Gertner awarded $26 million of the $101.7 million judgment to Limone, who served 33 years in prison before being freed in 2001. Limone and Salvati were exonerated after FBI memos dating back to the Deegan case surfaced.

The search of Limone’s home was first reported by the Boston Herald, which cited anonymous sources.

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