The Massachusetts medical examiner’s office says cyanide poisoning killed an alleged extortion victim of James “Whitey” Bulger who had hoped to testify at Bulger’s trial.
The Davises want a special investigator to look into money and other property connected to James “Whitey” Bulger and his associates, so those assets can be distributed to victims.
The forfeiture order federal prosecutors requested would allow them to seize property worth up to $25.1 million.
Documents show that the cost of Bulger’s court-appointed defense will be well over $2.5 million.
Prosecutors have asked a judge to allow victim impact statements from family members of all 19 people mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger was accused of killing, even though Bulger wasn’t convicted in all those deaths.
Bulger was convicted Monday in 11 killings. He has never been charged with murder in a Massachusetts court.
James “Whitey” Bulger’s attorneys say they will appeal his conviction, including a ruling that barred them from arguing that the government granted Bulger immunity from prosecution.
Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly Managing Editor David Frank joined WBUR’s All Things Considered to decipher the Bulger verdict.
After more than a month of testimony and 32 hours of deliberations, the jury in the trial of James “Whitey” Bulger found him guilty in all but one of the criminal charges against him.
After nearly seven hours of closing arguments Monday, the judge will deliver instructions to the jury Tuesday before it begins deliberations.
WBUR’s David Boeri reports on closing arguments in the trial of James “Whitey” Bulger.
The judge granted each side three hours for its closing arguments, but urged lawyers to consider the jury’s ability to stay focused for such a long time.
Prosecutors said it has always been the intention of the government to give Bulger’s seized assets to victims’ families, but he said he isn’t sure Bulger “can dictate which ones get” money.
The defense plans to call two more witnesses and says Bulger has not yet decided if he will testify.
Prosecutors tried to get an answer to that question Wednesday, but Bulger’s lawyers still aren’t saying.
A federal judge has rejected a bid by reputed Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger to sequester jurors while they deliberate racketeering charges against him, including his alleged participation in 19 killings. Judge Denise Casper denied the request Tuesday shortly before the first defense witness was scheduled to resume testifying. Former FBI supervisor Robert Fitzpatrick testified […]
Robert Fitzpatrick — a former FBI agent who testified he once tried to dump Bulger as an FBI informant — faced a scathing cross-examination Monday.