What prosecutors told jurors in their opening statement at the trial of Boston mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger Thursday likely came as no surprise. But what the defense told them certainly did.
In opening statements, prosecutors said Bulger was at the center of “murder and mayhem” in Boston for almost 30 years, while the defense attacked credibility of the government’s star witnesses.
Almost two years after his capture, reputed Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger will stand before a federal jury Wednesday as opening statements begin.
Opening statements are expected Wednesday morning.
In a motion filed Monday, Bulger’s lawyers asked for a stay of proceedings while they conduct their own investigation into a hit man expected to be a star prosecution witness.
We speak with a Boston criminal defense attorney and former state and federal prosecutor about his expectations for both sides’ legal strategies in the case.
Prospective jurors will be questioned individually on Monday.
Bulger’s lawyers said they received information that John Martorano — who admitted murdering 20 people — has resumed “criminal activity” since his 2007 prison release.
Retired federal Judge Nancy Gertner gives an insider’s perspective on the challenges of presiding over a complicated, high-profile trial such as the case of James “Whitey” Bulger.
With the Bulger trial getting going, we look at some of the main players from the law enforcement world.
Bulger’s lawyers say the alleged mobster is looking forward to the trial, as he’s had little else to occupy his attention in the two years since his arrest.
The questionnaires will be used to screen out certain people, including those who may know witnesses or are unable to sit on the jury.
We review some of the people who worked most closely with Bulger and explain the roles they played.
A former drug runner in South Boston, John “Red” Shea recalls the betrayal of finding out James “Whitey” Bulger broke a major rule of the underworld.
Prosecutors and defense attorneys begin narrowing a pool of 675 possible jurors down to a panel of 18.