BOSTON (CBS/AP) — James “Whitey” Bulger, the feared Boston mob boss who became one of the nation’s most-wanted fugitives, was convicted Monday in a string of 11 murders and other gangland crimes, many of them committed while he was said to be an FBI informant.
The long process of bringing Bulger to trial ended in satisfaction for some of the victims, disappointment to others.
In the end, there were few surprises, WBZ-TV legal analyst Gerry Leone said.
Thirty-three separate criminal acts were included in the main racketeering charge against Bulger, including all of the killings. The jury had to find Bulger committed at least two of the acts within 10 years of each other to find him guilty of racketeering. The jury far exceeded that by finding him guilty in 11 murders, but the mixed result made Bulger’s conviction in the 1982 death of his father “very bittersweet,” said Thomas Donahue, son of Bulger victim Michael Donahue.
“There’s other families that didn’t get closure that we’re looking for, and that’s the same pain we’ve been feeling,” he said.
“He should have been found guilty for everything, everything,” Donahue said.
Suffolk University law professor Chris Dearborn said it was not surprising the jury didn’t convict Bulger of all the crimes the government alleged.
“You can’t blame the jury,” he said. “They heard from some really incredible and creepy witnesses. The three star witnesses for the government were proven liars and people who had cut deals with the government.”
WBZ-TV Legal Analyst Gerry Leone
Trial Attorney Harry Manion