Monday, August 12, 2013

Whitey Bulger Found Guilty of Racketeering, Conspiracy And Murder

Laurel J. Sweet is covering the Whitey Bulger trial for the Boston Herald.

James J. “Whitey” Bulger has been found guilty of racketeering, conspiracy and murder in a split verdict.

The eight men and four women on the jury deliberated for more than 30 hours.The 32-count indictment before them accuses Bulger of the gangland murders of 19 men and women between 1973 and 1985, money laundering, extortion, drug distribution and illegal firearms possession.

Bulger was accused of physically carrying out nine of the 19 murders he was charged with, either by firearm or strangulation.The case was presided over by Judge Denise J. Casper.

The jury foreman is a stay-at-home dad from the South Shore who was about to start a job at a bank when he was plucked from a record jury pool at U.S. District Court.

Bulger, who’ll turn 84 next month, faces a maximum sentence of life plus 30 years — the same as his former righthand man Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi began serving in 2003 when he pled out to 10 murders.

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To learn more about Whitey Bulger you can read my interview with Dick Lehr, the co-author of Whitey: The Life of America's Most Notorious Mob Boss via the below link:

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