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Boston mob boss labeled 'depraved' as trial closes

Reputed Boston mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger and his gang acted as "judge, jury and sometimes executioners" in committing "horrid" crimes, US federal prosecutors said Monday in their closing arguments. The remarks follow weeks of chilling testimony in a Massachusetts courthouse about murders and other crimes attributed to Bulger. The 83-year-old is charged with 19 murders as well as extortion, money laundering and arms trafficking. He was arrested in California in 2011 after spending 16 years on the run.

Lawyers close 'Whitey' Bulger trial, focus on mob witnesses

By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Prosecutors on Monday told jurors that James "Whitey" Bulger was the "vicious, violent and calculating" Boston mob boss his former gang mates had described at his murder and racketeering trial, while defense attorneys urged jurors not to trust career criminals who had cut plea deals. Each side's closing statement focused on testimony of three former members of Bulger's "Winter Hill" gang who described 19 murders the defendant was charged with committing or ordering in the 1970s and '80s.

Alleged US mob boss refuses to testify in 'sham' trial

Alleged Boston mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger will discover his fate next week after refusing to testify Friday in his trial for murder and other crimes. Lawyers for the 83-year-old brought their defense to an end by confirming that their client's much-anticipated appearance in the dock would not happen, clearing the way for the jury to start considering its verdict next week after one of the most engrossing criminal underworld trials in US history.

Alleged US mob boss refuses to testify in 'sham' trial

James "Whitey" Bulger will not take the stand in his trial for murder and other crimes, lawyers for the alleged Boston mob boss told the court Friday. The announcement, which brought an end to Bulger's defense, clears the way for the jury to start considering its verdict next week after one of the most engrossing criminal underworld trials in US history. Bulger, an 83-year-old Irish American who is accused of 19 murders, extortion, money-laundering and arms trafficking, said he would not testify because he had been prevented from telling his full side of the story.

Boston mobster 'Whitey' Bulger says trial a sham, declines to testify

By Daniel Lovering BOSTON (Reuters) - Former mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger on Friday called his trial on murder and racketeering charges "a sham" and said he will not take the witness stand, as his defense rested its case. "My thing is, as far as I'm concerned... this is a sham and do what you want with me," Bulger, 83, told U.S. District Court Judge Denise Casper in the Boston court house after his lawyer announced he would not testify.

Bulger lawyers try to show mob boss' friendly side with photos

By Daniel Lovering BOSTON (Reuters) - Photos that show James "Whitey" Bulger with poodles, parrots and at least one baby goat prompted the judge at his murder and racketeering trial to speculate that the notorious mobster may take the stand to try and show jurors his human side.

Ex-agent recalls 'paranoia' about 'Whitey' Bulger's FBI connections

By Richard Valdmanis BOSTON (Reuters) - FBI files about mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger were locked into a fireproof safe in the bureau's Boston office to keep them from the prying eyes of corrupt agents who would leak them to criminals, a retired agent testified on Wednesday.

U.S. rests case after painting Boston mobster as cold-blooded killer

By Daniel Lovering BOSTON (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors paraded hit men, drug dealers, bookies, and cops from a bygone era before a jury, painting ex-mobster James 'Whitey' Bulger as a cold-hearted killer and a government snitch before wrapping up more than six weeks of testimony on Friday. Once the most feared criminal in Boston's underworld, Bulger, 83, faces life in prison if convicted on charges related to 19 murders he is accused of committing or ordering as boss of the Winter Hill Gang in the 1970s and 80s.

Boston developer says mobster Bulger demanded cash at gunpoint

By Richard Valdmanis BOSTON (Reuters) - When real estate developer Richard Buccheri agreed to meet James "Whitey" Bulger in the mid-1980s, he had no idea what the notorious Boston mobster wanted from him. But it became frighteningly clear moments after the two sat down in a screened-in cabana. "He slammed the table. Then he takes a shotgun that was on the table and sticks it in my mouth," Buccheri said, his voice trembling. "He said he wanted 200... he meant $200 thousand."

'Whitey' Bulger henchman tells of FBI help in dodging arrest

By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - A former top henchman of Boston mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger testified on Wednesday on how a corrupt FBI agent helped them avoid indictments on charges of fixing horse races, a case that snared other Boston mobsters in 1979. Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi testified that corrupt FBI agent John Connolly persuaded the federal prosecutor to make sure he and Bulger were not prosecuted so they could keep providing the FBI with information on rival gangs.
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