From the beginning, Marra told the court, Connolly told Morris not to treat Bulger "like the typical informant."
Morris' treatment of the informant the FBI dubbed BS 1544 was anything but typical.
Bulger was invited to Morris' home for dinner parties.
"He even cooked him dinner?" asked Bulger attorney Hank Brennan.
"Yes,'' Marra testified. "It was unusual."
But those dinner parties were never logged in any official FBI reports required of agents who deal with top echelon confidential informants like Bulger. In fact, most of the required paperwork for BS 1544 was filled with misinformation, deliberately disseminated to other law enforcement to throw cops' off Bulger's trail, Marra said.
"John Connolly was trying to protect Mr. Bulger, Mr. Flemmi and himself,'' Marra testified.
Morris signed off on Connolly's bogus reports, reports that now number more than 1,000 pages, Marra said. It remains unclear how many of those informant records are fabricated.
"They weren't reporting their own criminal activity,'' Marra testified, adding once again that the reports were written to, "Protect Mr. Bulger. Protect Mr. Flemmi. Protect themselves."
There were celebrity mentions in today's court proceedings.
The widow of Revere nightclub owner Richard Castucci, who was shot and killed and stuffed into the trunk of his own car, identified a photograph of her husband with Frank Sinatra at the wedding of Sammy Davis Jr.
And Brennan asked Marra about another dinner party Morris organized for Bulger. That dinner, Marra told the court, included famed undercover FBI agent Joseph Pistone – aka Donnie Brasco. His story was of nearly becoming "made" as thug Donnie Brasco in a New York crime family was the basis of the Johnny Depp movie of the same name.
Marra answered: "Yes."
But Pistone told ABC News that he never had dinner with Morris, had never been to his house, and had never met Bulger.
"I never had any meals with John Morris,'' Pistone told ABC News "Wrong facts."
However, Pistone remains a steadfast support of John Connolly. He is part of Justice For John, a group of more than 100 retired FBI agents disgusted that Connolly is serving a life sentence for tipping Bulger to information that led to murders while killers like Martorano and Flemmi made deals with the government and are free men.
"He is not in court to defend himself,'' Pistone told ABC News of the court proceedings in which Connolly is described as a cohort of Bulger.
Morris is expected to testify this week. He was granted immunity and never prosecuted for his role in the murders Bulger committed after, prosecutors allege, he was tipped off by dirty FBI agents about his enemies.