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Gangster ‘Whitey’ Bulger Hates Movie about Him, ‘Black Mass,’ And Hasn’t Seen It

Scene from "Black Mass."

Scene from “Black Mass.”

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Although gangster James “Whitey” Bulger hasn’t seen “Black Mass,” a new film depicting his life of crime, he already hates it.

Yahoo News reports he declined to meet with Johnny Depp, who is portraying him in a movie that has had lukewarm reviews.

In fact, Bulger has no plans to watch it, even though the opportunity may never arise since he’s serving two life sentences in prison.

“Johnny Depp might as well have been playing the Mad Hatter all over again as far as James Bulger is concerned,” Bulger’s lawyer, Hank Brennan says. “Hollywood greed is behind the rush to portray my client, and the movie missed the real scourge created in my client’s case, the real menace to Boston during that time and in other mob cases around the country – the federal government’s complicity in each and every one of those murders with the top echelon informant program.”

Whitey Bulger Convicted of Murder and Racketeering

Updated Bulger photo/wbur

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
In what came as no surprise, the homicidal Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger was convicted  Monday of  racketeering conspiracy and numerous racketeering acts of murder, extortion, narcotics distribution, money laundering and possession of firearms including machineguns. The convictions that are likely to keep him behind bars for the remainder of his life. 
 
The verdict in U.S. District Court in Boston came on the fifth day of deliberations in what was a closely watched case nationwide. The jury deliberated for 32 hours.
 
Bulger had been accused of killing 19 people. 

 

Lawyers for ‘Whitey’ Bulger Ask for Postponement in Murder, Racketeering Trial

 

Whitey Bulger

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Attorneys for accused mobster James “Whitey” Bulger said they are not prepared to defend their client during the racketeering and murder trial, CBS Boston reports.

“Simply put, the defendant’s counsel have hit a wall, and are unable to proceed further without additional time to prepare for upcoming witnesses,” Bulger’s attorneys J.W. Carney and Hank Brennan wrote in the filing Thursday. “Counsel have struggled mightily to be ready for each day of the trial since it began on June 3, 2013, working seven days a week and extraordinarily long hours.”

Much of the problem, the attorneys complained, is the prosecution’s delay in discovery.

“These discovery lapses may not be intentional, and may reflect that the prosecution team is overwhelmed as well. Nonetheless, it has put the defense team in an untenable position, especially as it continues to review earlier-produced discovery that now amounts to almost 400,000 pages. There is a physical and mental limitation on how much work can be done by the defense team, and a brief adjournment of the trial will allow counsel to be prepared for the upcoming witnesses,” Carney and Brennan wrote.

Also inconvenienced by the trial is Bulger himself, they said.

Witnesses Raise Questions About Reliability of ‘Whitey’ Bulger Records During Murder Trial

 
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Was reputed mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger a rat?

During tense testimony Tuesday in Bulger’s murder and racketeering trial, his defense attorneys tore into government witnesses who acknowledged Bulger’s files were falsified or inaccurate, the New York Daily News reports.

FBI files suggest Bulger ratted out friends and associates, but defense attorneys said the records can’t be trusted – by the witnesses’ own admission, the Daily News reported. 

Bulger, 83, is fighting 32 counts of racketeering and extortion and 19 murder-related charges.

He’s also fighting for his reputation.

Book on Whitey Bulger: He Ranted Against Obama and Offered to be Executed

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A new biography on mobster James “Whitey” Bulger reveals some interesting tidbits about the one-time fugitive accused of killing 19 people.

The Boston Globe reports that the book,   “WHITEY BULGER: AMERICA’S MOST WANTED GANGSTER AND THE MANHUNT THAT BROUGHT HIM TO JUSTICE” by Globe staff writers Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy says that he’s brooding in his cell while awaiting trial, but he’s told friends he’s looking forward to “the big show,” a reference to his pending trial. Reporters Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy report that he feels tortured by the cramped quarters and isolation.

The book also reports that Bulger was prepared to work out an arrangement where he would agreed to be executed if the feds would let his girlfriend Catherine Greig go free, according to the Globe.

“I never loved anyone like I do her and offered my life [execution] if they would free her — but no they want me to suffer — they know this is the worst punishment for me by hurting her!” Bulger wrote to a friend last year. 

Meanwhile,  Howie Carr of the Boston Herald reported that  a new biography on Bulger:  “Whitey: The Life of America’s Most Notorious Mob Boss“, suggested that Bulger’s ranting against President Obama may have had something to do with his capture.

According to the book by veteran Boston reporters Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill.,  Bulger and his girlfriend  had been living in Santa Monica, Calif., as “Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Gasko,”  and Greig had become close to Icelandic model Anna Bjornsdottir, who lived near them.

The book says that  Bjornsdottir and Whitey never spoke again after she “unabashedly” expressed admiration for the first black president, the Globe reported.
The book stated:

“He practically exploded … disgusted that she could admire a black man as president … Nothing was the same after. Whitey gave Anna the cold shoulder, would not even respond when she said hello to him. Anna Bjornsdottir, meanwhile, would not forget the old man’s sudden rage — or his angry, cold glare.”

The book reported that Bjornsdottir recognized Bulger after seeing a report on CNN. Days later, Bulger and his girlfriend were captured.

 

Judge: Family of Whitey Bulger Victim Can Continue with Suit Against FBI Agents

Whitey Bulger/fbi

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A family of one of James “Whitey” Bulger’s alleged victims can proceed with a federal lawsuit against FBI agents who monitored the mobster-turned-informant, a federal judge ruled Thursday, the Boston Globe reports.

The ruling by U.S. District Judge William Young follows an appeals court ruling that the case is null because the statute of limitations had expired.

The Boston Globe reported that the family of one of Bulger’s victims, Michael Donahue, can continue suing the federal government because the appeals court failed to consider the merits of the case

The family claims the FBI agents who were monitoring Bulger did nothing to stop his reign of terror.

Attorney: Ex-Boston Mob Boss Whitey Bulger Should Not Be Prosecuted Because of Immunity

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Former Boston mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger should not be prosecuted for 19 murders because the government promised him immunity for past and future crimes when he was an FBI informant, his lawyer argued Monday, the Washington Post reports.

Attorney J.W. Carney Jr. said he plans to urge the judge to dismiss the charges because his client had blanket immunity.

But Carney is asking U.S. District Court Judge Richard Stearns to recuse himself because he will be a witness during the motion to dismiss, according to the Post report.

Also Monday, Bulger’s defense was granted a four-month delay in the trial.

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Boston Mobster Whitey Bulger Wants Delay in Trial

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The lawyer for suspected mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger is asking for a big delay in the case for his client, saying the suspect believes his legal conversations are being recorded, the Boston Herald reports.

“Bulger has a view, based on his personal experience that all levels of law enforcement are corrupt and will disregard the law if it suits them,” his defense lawyer J.W. Carney wrote in a filing Wednesday asking a federal judge to delay the trial by a year to November 2013. “The defendant no longer has any faith that the attorney-client privilege will be honored in telephone or mail communications, and the discussions with counsel now take place only at the jail.”

Bulger also says the U.S. Attorney’s office obtained a private letter to his lawyer.

Carney also said the investigation was disorganized.