Lana Jones at WBZ reports that one of the people summoned as a prospective juror today for the Bulger trial was an assistant Suffolk County district attorney. For some reason, Bulger's lawyer objected and the judge agreed and so an assistant DA won't be helping to decide the alleged murdering mobster's fate.
Like Globies Shelley Murphy and Kevin Cullen, the Herald's Howie Carr can also watch the Bulger trial from the public seats, judge rules. Meanwhile, Bulger's lawyers want the trial delayed so they can investigate whether State Police gave a witness the same sort of protection Bulger allegedly got from the FBI.... Read more
The Trial of Whitey Bulger, by Matthew Connolly, a retired criminal attorney and former assistant DA.
Meanwhile, the judge in the impending case has to decide whether to ban the reporters and columnists who have been covering Bulger since he ran the Winter Hill Gang now that Bulger's lawyers have put them on a list of potential witnesses.... Read more
All those kids today who get their news from Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, to be exact, the Metro reports. Jury selection starts tomorrow.
UPDATE: Sheesh, whatever happened to the days when you could trust stuff you read online? The Herald's O'Ryan Johnson tweets neither mobster nor moll is in transit anywhere - due to a computer glitch at the Bureau of Prisons, they've been marked as "in transit" since June.
A federal appeals court today ordered the government to pay nearly $3 million to the families of three people murdered by Whitey Bulger when he was under FBI protection.
In two rulings issued today, the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston said enough was enough, Bulger and pal Stephen Flemmi were able to kill people because they knew the government wouldn't... Read more
Dana Reichman Gitell spotted this guy just standing there in Dedham this morning.
Dan Kennedy analyzes the Globe's explanation on how it found the identity of the woman who turned in Bulger and why it didn't put her at any more risk than she already faced - thanks to the FBI saying a few months ago that the winning tip came from Iceland and, really, how many Icelanders would Bulger and Grieg have run across in... Read more
The Globe provides the definitive look, including the identity of the cat-loving Icelander who brought him down.
Channel 4 is conflicted:
WBZ's Jim Armstrong spoke off camera with the widow of one of Bulger's alleged murder victims. She's disgusted by the idea someone would not just make such a costume, but that anyone else would dress up as a man accused of murdering 19 local people.
But it seems, if you're not personally connected to the man or his legendary wrath,... Read more
The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit today upheld an earlier decision to toss an $8.5 million verdict against the FBI for its role in letting Whitey Bulger and his henchmen kill an informant and the guy who was giving him a ride home, saying the families filed their lawsuit three weeks after the expiration of the statute of limitations.
In February,... Read more
The feds claim Whitey Bulger made several trips back to Boston from his California hideout "to take care of some unfinished business."
The allegation is in a motion filed by the US Attorney's Office in Boston today that asks a federal judge to force Bulger's brothers William, former state-senate president, and John, disgraced former court clerk, to swear they have no intention of helping their... Read more
Bob Ryan explains why Whitey has more personal honor than Billy.
A judge today ordered prosecutors to meet with Whitey Bulger's temporary attorney on Monday to see if the alleged murdering racketeer has any money that could be used to pay for a lawyer without fear it would be seized by the government.
In his order, US District Court Judge Mark Wolf said this could include money the US Attorney's office claims Bulger's brother, William, might... Read more