Will Whitey Bulger Get A Taxpayer-Funded Attorney?

BOSTON (CBS) – Will a federal court judge give Whitey Bulger a taxpayer-funded attorney?

Bulger wants to be declared indigent and assigned a public defender, if he can’t use his money to defend himself.

Related: Former FBI Expert: Follow Bulger’s Money

Over the weekend, Judge Mark Wolf ordered both sides to get together and try to reach an agreement on this issue by the end of the day Monday.

WBZ-TV’s Beth Germano reports.

A hearing will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m.

A judge put a lien on the $822,000 found in his apartment because money is owed to a couple who once owned a South Boston liquor store but were forced to sell it to Bulger at gunpoint. They sued and their attorney said it’s time for money to go the victims.

Prosecutors object to a public defender for Bulger, saying that even without the money found in his California apartment, likely has hidden assets elsewhere.

They also say his brother William Bulger, who collects a $200,000 a year state pension, could help him pay.

But Judge Wolf ruled that Whitey Bulger cannot be forced to incriminate himself by disclosing assets and his family has no obligation to pay for an attorney.

WBZ NewsRadio’s Carl Stevens reports

Wolf also pointed out that Whitey’s co-defendants – from Steven Flemmi to Frank Salemmi – all had free attorneys.

Also on Monday, it was revealed that Whitey admitted visiting Boston on several occasions while he was on the run. He said he was “armed to the teeth” and there “to take care of some unfinished business.”

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens contributed to this report.

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  • h.wilson

    Why not a taxpayer expence, dimasi has a whole team and is still living in a stolen million buck condo. If you’re going to be a crooked legislator or a murderer, this is certainly the state to be in. send them both to Oklahoma with some rope…and Billy who has known where this guy has been for years, loyal, my ass, just another crook…

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  • Maya

    We wouldn’t want him to have to incriminate himself! God forbid, not in Massachusettes! If the taxpayers have to pay for it the taxpayers should get to pick the attorney. Give him a team of law students, it’d be good practice for them.

  • http://boston.cbslocal.com/2011/06/27/judge-places-lien-on-bulgers-800000/ Judge Places Lien On Whitey Bulger's $800,000 « CBS Boston

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  • amy

    Like it or not the man has rights, and if we decide now that one man should for some reason not be entitled to those rights, then we can kiss them good bye for good. Like it or not these are both constitutional rights.

    • kas

      A true thrill to read that despite the heated issue of Whitey Bulger, there are still some who looks at the bigger picture

      While understanding the lynch mob attitude I couldn’t agree with you more.

      Even Dahmer got representation and rightfully so. That is how the system is and thank God for that

      Besides, the Federal Government should hold on to his 800k pile of cash. They will need it to defend what hopefully is a ton of federal agents for conspiracy, obstruction of a Federal investigation, perjury and as with his girlfriend, aiding an harboring a known fugitive

    • Mary Kelly

      If I were going to court and needed a court appointed lawyer, they sure wouldn’t pay for a million dollar lawyer. How is this justice?

      If his girlfriend can afford a lawyer, why the heck can’t Whitey. Give him back his $800k and when it’s done, get a kid just out of law school like the rest of us.

  • Stephen

    Cain was Banished by Adam and Eve without a trial yet shown mercy.

    Barrabas was pardoned and shown mercy.

    Mercy or Mercilessness?

    An honorable citizen will show mercy to be the way of the just.

    A respectful warrior will show mercilessness to be a damnable act of the unjust.

  • fastherb

    Why not free legal services for Whitey ? Sal is getting it.

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