The Associated Press

Bulger Brothers Exchange Smiles In Court Reunion

BOSTON — William Bulger, once one of the most powerful politicians in Massachusetts, says seeing his gangster brother in court was an “unusual experience.”

Bulger says he recognized James “Whitey” Bulger, who had been on the run for 16 years, after seeing him at his first court appearance Friday in Boston.

The former Senate president has not said if he’ll help his brother pay for his defense.

When Whitey entered the courtroom, he saw his brother seated in the second row. Whitey smiled at William and mouthed the word “Hi.” His brother smiled back.

The former politician has issued a statement expressing sympathy for the “families hurt by the calamitous circumstances” of his brother’s case.

Whitey Bulger was captured Wednesday with girlfriend, Catherine Greig, in California. He is accused in 19 killings as well as other crimes.

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