"Vicious, violent and calculating." That's how prosecuting attorney Fred Wyshak described admitted mobster James "Whitey" Bulger in his three-and-a-half-hour-long closing remarks at the Moakley Federal Courthouse this morning. It marked the beginning of the end of the trial, after 35 days in court and the testimony of 72 witnesses.
Bulger's defense team, attorneys Hank Brennan and J.W. Carney, deliver their closing remarks this afternoon.
Asma Khalid, WBUR reporter.
WBUR, "Wyshak will have to convince the jurors they can believe at least some of the testimony of three key witnesses against Bulger, all gangsters-turned-informants who admitted committing heinous crimes, including murder, and agreed to testify against him in plea deals with prosecutors. Defense lawyers J.W. Carney Jr. and Hank Brennan will split the defense closing argument. During the trial, they spent much of their time trying to rebut a claim from numerous prosecution witnesses that Bulger was a longtime FBI informant who ratted on the rival Mafia and people in his own gang."
This segment aired on August 5, 2013.