Thursday, June 13, 2013

'Whitey' Bulger Trial: Hands-On Killer, Says Prosecutor, No Informant, Says Defense

The Boston Globe is covering the 'Whitey' Bulger trial in Boston.

James “Whitey” Bulger admits that he made millions of dollars from drug trafficking and routinely doled out payoffs to corrupt law enforcement agents, but insists he was never an FBI informant and did not kill two young women and two businessmen, Bulger’s lawyer said today during opening remarks to the jury at the gangster’s trial.

... Bulger, 83, faces 32 counts of racketeering, extortion, money laundering and firearms possession, which include allegations that he participated in 19 murders in the 1970s and 1980s. He fled shortly before his 1995 indictment and was captured in California in 2011 after 16 years of eluding a worldwide manhunt.

... The prosecution described Bulger as “one of the biggest informants in Boston,” who was adept at corrupting law enforcement. But the government focused on mostly on Bulger’s victims, both those he allegedly murdered and the bookmakers, drug dealers, and bookmakers he is accused of threatening to kill if they didn’t pay him tribute.
Assistant US Attorney Brian T. Kelly, in the dramatic culmination of his opening statement, read a list of Bulger’s alleged 19 victims and showed their pictures on a screen for jurors.

“That, ladies and gentlemen, is what this case is about,” Kelly said. “That’s what we’re dealing with ... a hands-on killer who led an extensive criminal enterprise.”

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