BOSTON (CBS/AP) – Whitey Bulger pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a racketeering indictment that accuses him of participating in 19 murders.

Bulger said “not guilty” in a clear voice several times during his arraignment on the 32-count indictment in U.S. District Court in Boston.

Bulger walked into the courtroom in shackles, and nodded to his brothers, William and John, who were seated in the front row.

His plea came 16 years after he fled following a federal agent’s warning on a separate, pending indictment.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Lana Jones reports.

Bulger escaped prosecution until he was captured two weeks ago in Santa Monica, California.

WBZ-TV’s Christina Hager reports

The arraignment came after Bulger’s attorney, J.W. Carney, asked a judge to appoint his law partner, Janice Bassil, to help him defend Bulger in a case he says has a “host of complex legal issues.”

Read: Carney’s Request (.pdf)

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Bernice Corpuz reports about some of Bulger’s assets:

U.S. Magistrate Judge Marianne Bowler said Wednesday that no appointment was needed because lawyers for the same firm are allowed to assist each other in cases.

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Comments (6)
  1. Sidra Samm says:

    Didn’t Whitey Bulger win the lottery a few years back? Why doesn’t he use some of that money to pay for his own defense? Why do the already drained taxpayers of MA have to pay for this criminal’s defense? We didn’t share in his profits. I say extredite him to one of the other states that want him and let their taxpayers pay up. A better idea would be to send him to a state that has the death penalty, keep his trial short and sweet and be done with it .Why should this menace to society be a burden on everyones wallet. It’s amazing how criminals get treated better than victims!

  2. Elaine Horton says:

    Indigent, my foot (and I’m being polite)!!! I feel bad for the citizens of Massachusetts.

  3. Steve says:

    Sidra, they seized all this assets. He has no money availible to him. Better idea is take a law student who doesn’t get paid and give him practice with the case.

  4. Vera Carroll says:

    If Casey Anthony got off, then Whitey will too. There is NO justice in the USA any longer. This country has become a complete joke and it makes me sick.

    1. K says:

      No justice anymore you say ? Don’t take the following as me defending either Casey Anthony or Whitey Bulger.

      If you get charged with Murder in the First Degree, you are looking at the death penalty if convicted, wouldn’t you like basic things proved in court ? such as, how the victim you killed – died, how you transported the body to the location it was found or at the very least, VERY least, actually show some proof linking you to either victim or site ?

      The Prosecution in the Casey Anthony case failed on all those points. Imagine if you were on trial and the prosecution couldn’t tell how you killed, where you killed and actually can’t even place you on the scene – should you be convicted and sentenced to Death ?

      Casey Anthony is a horrible person. She is a disgrace to human kind and get sick just looking at her. But it is a far stretch from that to actually convicting her without proof, just because I don’t like her.

      She is however guilty of gross child endangerment, perjury and hopefully will get something for that.

      Same with Whitey. The prosecution will need to prove that he did the things he did. Not rely on him hiding for 16 years so he must be guilty. Without proof, no case. That is justice and exactly what you would want if it was you charged with any crime

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