BOSTON (AP) — When gangster James "Whitey" Bulger is sentenced this week, family members of eight slaying victims are hoping a judge will let them speak, even though Bulger was acquitted in those deaths.
Bulger was convicted in a racketeering indictment in August, including charges that he participated in 11 killings. But the jury acquitted Bulger in seven killings and made no finding in an eighth.
Those families are hoping Judge Denise Casper will let them give victim impact statements at Bulger's sentencing.
A former hitman who admits killing 20 people is expected to take the stand at the trial of reputed gangster James "Whitey" Bulger in Massachusetts.
John Martorano served a little over 12 years in prison after striking a cooperation deal with prosecutors. He was released in 2007.
The 83-year-old Bulger is charged in a 32-count racketeering indictment that accuses him of participating in 19 murders in the 1970s and '80s. He is also charged with extorting bookmakers, drug dealers and others running illegal businesses.