James "Whitey" Bulger

Whitey Bulger Gets Life For Racketeering, Killings

Nov 15, 2013
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An attorney for Boston mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger says he plans to appeal his client's conviction.

Bulger was sentenced Thursday to life in prison for 11 killings and a string of other charges including extortion and money laundering.

His attorney Hank Brennan promised an appeal of the conviction, though he didn't say on what grounds. He railed about the plea deals given to Bulger's associates who testified against him.

U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz says prosecutors had to make difficult decisions to get Bulger, who they believe was the kingpin of the organization.

Relatives Want Say At Boston Gangster's Sentencing

Nov 11, 2013
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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.

Big Question At Bulger Trial: Will He Testify?

Jul 29, 2013
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As lawyers for Massachusetts gangster James "Whitey" Bulger begin calling witnesses to defend him, the big question is: Will he testify?

Bulger is charged with playing a role in 19 killings during the 1970s and '80s when authorities say he ran the Winter Hill Gang.

Before the Boston trial, Bulger's lawyers said he was eager to tell his side. But since the trial began, they haven't said whether he would testify.

Some lawyers not connected to the case say Bulger has too much baggage to testify, including a criminal record and a reputation as an organized crime figure.

Feds Expected To Wrap Up Case Against Bulger

Jul 26, 2013
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Prosecutors plan to wrap up their case against reputed Massachusetts gangster James "Whitey" Bulger following testimony from two final witnesses in his racketeering trial.

The government could rest its case today after six weeks of testimony. Bulger's lawyers are expected to begin presenting up to 16 witnesses after the prosecution rests.

On Thursday, a real estate developer recounted how Bulger shoved a shotgun in his mouth and threatened to kill him and his family if he did not pay $200,000.

Former Hitman To Testify At Bulger Trial

Jun 17, 2013
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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.

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An attorney for reputed gangster James "Whitey" Bulger is arguing the government should reveal the name of a confidential informant the defense thinks could undermine two star prosecution witnesses.

During a pretrial hearing Wednesday, attorney Hank Brennan said providing the informant's name is critical to assessing the credibility of John Martorano and Kevin Weeks.