8.05.2013

PROSECUTOR'S SUMMATION IN VICIOUS VIOLENT GANGSTER WHITEY BULGER'S TRIAL


Whitey Bulger was the leader of Boston's Winter Hill Gang until he went on the lam in 1994 to Santa Monica, Calif. This 2011 mugshot was taken after his capture.

By Scott Malone

BOSTON (Reuters) - Prosecutors on Monday described Boston mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger as a "vicious, violent and calculating" criminal whose actions could not be separated from those of other gangsters who testified against him at his murder and racketeering trial.

In closing arguments, federal prosecutor Fred Wyshak urged jurors to conclude that the testimony of three former members of Bulger's "Winter Hill" gang, who described 19 murders he was charged with committing or ordering in the 1970s and '80s, provided an accurate picture of the 83-year-old defendant.

"The evidence in this trial has convincingly proven that the defendant was one of the most vicious, violent and calculating criminals to ever walk the streets of Boston," assistant U.S. attorney Wyshak said in summing up the eight week-long trial. FULL STORY

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