Bulger Trial Opening Statements
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.
David Boeri, WBUR senior reporter.
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