Whitey Bulger

In Opening Statement, Defense Admits Bulger Was A Notorious Criminal

June 13, 2013

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.

Bulger On Trial: Inside-The-Courthouse Tweets

June 12, 2013
A courtroom sketch depicts James "Whitey" Bulger, center, during Monday's pretrial conference (Jane Flavell Collins/AP)

WBUR reporters Asma Khalid and Mark Degon tweet from inside the James “Whitey” Bulger trial courtroom.

Feds: Bulger At Center Of Murder, Mayhem In Boston

June 12, 2013

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.

Bulger Trial Set To Get Under Way In Mass.

June 12, 2013

Almost two years after his capture, reputed Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger will stand before a federal jury Wednesday as opening statements begin.

‘Whitey’ Bulger Jury Is Seated

June 11, 2013

Opening statements are expected Wednesday morning.

Bulger Defense Seeks Delay In Openings

June 10, 2013

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.

‘Label Them As Rats’: Expected Defense Strategy In The Bulger Trial

June 07, 2013

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.

350 Possible Jurors Ruled Out In Bulger Trial

June 07, 2013

Prospective jurors will be questioned individually on Monday.

Bulger’s Lawyers: Hostile Witness Shielded From Crime Probes

June 07, 2013

Bulger’s lawyers said they received information that John Martorano — who admitted murdering 20 people — has resumed “criminal activity” since his 2007 prison release.

Judging Bulger: ‘Everyone’s A Rookie,’ Gertner Says

June 07, 2013

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.

Heroes And Villains Of Law Enforcement In Bulger Saga

June 06, 2013

With the Bulger trial getting going, we look at some of the main players from the law enforcement world.

What We Know About Bulger’s Life Behind Bars

June 06, 2013

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.

Lawyers Review Juror Questionnaires In Bulger Case

June 06, 2013

The questionnaires will be used to screen out certain people, including those who may know witnesses or are unable to sit on the jury.

As Bulger’s Trial Begins, A Review Of His Gang

June 05, 2013

We review some of the people who worked most closely with Bulger and explain the roles they played.

With ‘Whitey’ On Trial, A Look At Boston’s Gangster Past

June 05, 2013
A mugshot of Harry "Doc" Sagansky, a legendary bookmaker from Brookline. When he was 91 years old, he spent 10 months in prison for contempt for refusing to testify before a grand jury. (Massachusetts Department of Correction)

A Boston Globe reporter talks about bootleggers and the Winter Hill wiseguy who went Hollywood long before Bulger.

Former Bulger Associate Relives Betrayal Of ‘Father Figure’

June 05, 2013

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.

Bulger Jury Selection Unlike Other Mob Cases

June 04, 2013
This sketch depicts James "Whitey" Bulger at the beginning of jury selection for his trial in U.S. District Court in Boston Tuesday. (Margaret Small/AP)

Judge Denise Casper says people will not necessarily be excused from sitting on the jury simply because they have read or heard about Bulger.

Former Federal Judge Expects Long, Complicated Jury Selection For Bulger Trial

June 04, 2013

Prosecutors and defense attorneys begin narrowing a pool of 675 possible jurors down to a panel of 18.

Jury Selection To Begin In Bulger Trial

June 04, 2013
A courtroom sketch depicts James "Whitey" Bulger, center, during Monday's pretrial conference (Jane Flavell Collins/AP)

At a pretrial hearing Monday, Judge Denise Casper decided that victims’ family members would be allowed to testify but would have to stick to basic information rather than emotional stories about their loss.

Former Top Prosecutor: As Bulger Goes On Trial, So Does FBI

June 03, 2013
Former U.S. Attorney Donald Stern (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Former U.S. Attorney Don Stern says the “Whitey” Bulger trial will “pierce the boil” that still festers among law enforcement agencies over the FBI’s relationship with the alleged mobster.

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