90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR news station
Top Stories:
PLEDGE NOW

Bulger Trial Opening Statements

A courtroom sketch depicts James "Whitey" Bulger, center, during a pretrial conference before U.S. District Judge Denise Casper, left rear, in a federal courtroom in Boston Monday, June 3, 2013. Bulger is flanked by his attorneys Henry Brennan, left, and J.W. Carney Jr., standing at right. Jury selection begins Tuesday for Bulger's trial. (AP)

A courtroom sketch depicts James “Whitey” Bulger, center, during a pretrial conference before U.S. District Judge Denise Casper, left rear, in a federal courtroom in Boston Monday, June 3, 2013. Bulger is flanked by his attorneys Henry Brennan, left, and J.W. Carney Jr., standing at right. Jury selection begins Tuesday for Bulger’s trial. (AP)

Federal prosecutors told jurors today that James Whitey Bulger was “a hands-on killer who led an extensive criminal enterprise.”  In their opening statements, prosecutors outlined their case against Bulger, who is accused of 19 murders while overseeing Boston’s criminal underworld — and a long reign of terror — that lasted for decades.

In his opening statement, Bulger’s defense attorney, James Carney, countered that the prosecution’s key witnesses, some of whom are former gangsters, are unreliable.  He said while Bulger made millions of dollars in crime, including the drug trade, and paid off corrupt law enforcement officers — he was NOT an FBI informant.

So the trial if finally underway, and is expected to run through the summer and into the fall.

Guests

David Boeri, WBUR senior reporter.


Other stories from this show:

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
  • Bruce

    TRIAL, guys, not trail!

Hosts Meghna Chakrabarti and Anthony Brooks introduce us to newsmakers, big thinkers and artists and bring us stories of relevance to Bostonians here and around the region. Live every weekday at 3.

  • Listen: Weekdays, 3 p.m. on 90.9 FM
  • Live Call-In: (800) 423-TALK
  • Listener Voicemail: (617) 358-0607
Most Popular
This site is best viewed with: Firefox | Internet Explorer 9 | Chrome | Safari