Live blog: The Whitey Bulger trial

BREAKING: Whitey Bulger convicted of 11 of 19 murders

The jury has found crime boss and FBI informant James “Whitey” Bulger guilty of all but one of the 32 counts against him. He was convicted of 11 of 19 murders, two counts of racketeering, six acts of extortion, as well as narcotics distribution, money laundering, and illegal firearms charges.

The jury found that the prosecution had proved that Bulger murdered Paul McGonigle, Edward Connors, Thomas King, Richard Castucci, Roger Wheeler, Brian Halloran, Michael Donahue, John Callahan, Arthur "Bucky" Barrett, John McIntyre, and Deborah Hussey.

It returned a "no finding" in the murder of Debra Davis, and decided that the prosecution had NOT proved that Bulger murdered members of the Notorangeli group, Michael Milano, Al Plummer, William O'Brien, James O'Toole, Al Notorangeli, James Sousa, and Francis "Buddy" Leonard.

Jurors decided the prosecution proved that Bulger extorted rent and fines, and extorted Richard O'Brien, Michael Solimando, Stephen and Julie Rakes, and Richard Bucheri, but not Kevin Hayes or Raymond Slinger. 

Bulger was found guilty of 34 of the 35 remaining main counts, including extortion of rent, the money laundering of mortgage payments, the transfer of $10,000 to John Martorano for money laundering, possession of firearms and machine guns in furtherance of violent crime, possession and transfer of unregistered machine guns, and possession of firearms with obliterated serial numbers. He was found not guilty of extorting Kevin Hayes.

  • Adrienne Lavidor-Berman 6/3/2013 1:30:58 PM
  • by Milton Valencia via twitter edited by Teresa Hanafin 6/4/2013 2:12:01 PM
    #Bulger hearing in sidebar for arguments. He's wearing T-shirt and jeans, first time out of prison garb.
  • #Bulger sitting at table, arms crossed, long sleeve T. It's a different view seeing him from camera feed.
  • Adrienne Lavidor-Berman 6/4/2013 3:48:03 PM

    James “Whitey” Bulger could be seen in silhouette arriving at the federal courthouse today in the back of a Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office SUV. (Globe staff photo / David L. Ryan)

  • Milton Valencia, Boston Globe 6/4/2013 3:49:59 PM
    Second batch of potential #Bulger jurors to get sworn in and then instructed by Judge Casper at 1 p.m.
  • Adrienne Lavidor-Berman 6/4/2013 3:51:48 PM
    Jury selection began this morning in the federal court trial of James “Whitey” Bulger, the notorious Boston gangster accused of committing 19 murders and a host of other crimes during a fearsome, decadeslong reign in Boston’s underworld.

    After US District Judge Denise J. Casper addressed the jurors and swore them in, defense attorney Jay W. Carney Jr. introduced Bulger to them. “This is our client, James Bulger,” he said.

    “Good morning,” the 83-year-old Bulger said.

    Bulger wore jeans, a long-sleeved navy jersey, white sneakers, a khaki-navy-striped belt, and wire-rimmed glasses. He looked very fit. > > Full story (By Milton J. Valencia, Shelley Murphy and Martin Finucane, Globe Staff)
  • Adrienne Lavidor-Berman 6/4/2013 4:05:50 PM

    From the archives: White Bulger's mug shot after an arrest in 1953.

  • Adrienne Lavidor-Berman 6/4/2013 4:19:18 PM
    From the archives: Whitey Bulger's life in exile
    It is a portrait of the gangster as a grumpy old man, hunkered down in a Santa Monica flat with his girlfriend. Neighbors liked them, but no one got close — or, rather, almost no one. And that was their undoing. (By Shelley Murphy and Maria Cramer, Globe staff)
  • Milton Valencia, Boston Globe 6/4/2013 4:56:27 PM
    Back for the second batch of #Bulger jurors, and media has access to jury room. Watching their reaction to Bulger entering room.
  • #WhiteyBulger entering jury assembly room
  • Jurors straining to see him some looking wide-eyed
  • Milton Valencia, Boston Globe 6/4/2013 5:03:12 PM
    Here is the process: Judge Casper introduces herself to the potential jurors, tells them their service is important, that every defendant deserves right to a fair trial, with impartial jurors. Then, they are sworn in and fill out a questionnaire that screens their background.
  • Milton Valencia, Boston Globe 6/4/2013 5:03:56 PM
    If there is nothing evident that would prevent them for serving, jurors from this morning and this afternoon batch will come back for deeper interviews Wednesday.
  • #WhiteyBulger just introduced to prospective jurors said "Good afternoon" as some craned their necks to get a look at him
  • Milton Valencia, Boston Globe 6/4/2013 5:15:04 PM
    Here's our full story on #Bulger selection process: First task in Bulger trial finding a jury
  • Milton Valencia, Boston Globe 6/4/2013 5:15:49 PM
    "These are only charges, only allegations," Casper telling potential #Bulger jurors.
  • Milton Valencia, Boston Globe 6/4/2013 5:20:37 PM
    Casper says Rule #1, no media: "Turn the page, change the channel," judge says in #Bulger
  • Milton Valencia, Boston Globe 6/4/2013 5:22:10 PM
    Casper put jurors under oath, officially swearing them in as they begin to fill out a questionnaire that will be the first step in process
  • Milton Valencia, Boston Globe 6/4/2013 5:22:18 PM
    End of proceeding.
  • Milton Valencia, Boston Globe 6/5/2013 1:00:13 PM
    Back in #Bulger today. He seems to be wearing same clothes as yesterday. Judge Casper instructing third batch of 225 jurors.
  • Milton Valencia, Boston Globe 6/5/2013 1:00:29 PM
    “It is my great pleasure to welcome you here as potential jurors in the case,” Casper says in #Bulger.

    “The jury is essential to the administration of justice under our system of law in the United States.”
  • Milton Valencia, Boston Globe 6/5/2013 1:02:01 PM
    "Both parties are entitled to a jury that is fair and impartial, one with no bias and no prejudice," Judge says in #Bulger.
  • Milton Valencia, Boston Globe 6/5/2013 1:06:38 PM
    “Do not speak to anyone, not family members or friends or coworkers, no one, about the jury selection process,” Casper says in #Bulger.
  • Prospective jurors told to call court Friday night to find out if they are excused in Whitey case
  • Milton Valencia, Boston Globe 6/5/2013 1:09:38 PM
    Just a reminder: This is the first step in the process. A pool of 675 potential jurors must fill out a questionnaire to screen their backgrounds. If nothing stands out, they proceed to second phase, where they undergo more in depth questions in person. Anyone with a conflict eliminated there. Once 40 suitable jurors are found, lawyers and prosecutors can challenge some based on strategy until 12 jurors and six alternates are chosen.
  • Milton Valencia, Boston Globe 6/5/2013 1:10:06 PM
    "The trial is scheduled to start next week," Casper says in #Bulger.
  • Milton Valencia, Boston Globe 6/5/2013 1:10:54 PM
    J.W. Carney Jr. again introduces #Bulger to jurors, and he again stands to say good morning. Jurors look on with interest.
  • Whitey greets new group of possible jurors with slight smile and "Good morning"
  • Milton Valencia, Boston Globe 6/5/2013 1:13:27 PM
    Judge Casper explaining charges to jurors: Racketeering, by extortion, murder, money laundering. #Bulger
  • Adrienne Lavidor-Berman 6/5/2013 1:13:51 PM

    A look inside the Bulger courtroom. Graphic by Globe staff.

  • Courtroom artist peering through binoculars to get better view of Whitey. Unfortunately no cameras allowed in federal court
  • Milton Valencia, Boston Globe 6/5/2013 1:15:59 PM
    "These are only charges, only allegations, and nothing more," Casper says in #Bulger
  • Milton Valencia, Boston Globe 6/5/2013 1:18:27 PM
    Casper acknowledging jurors may have hardships in serving. "You will have the ability to explain that to me in the questionnaire." #Bulger
  • Adrienne Lavidor-Berman 6/5/2013 1:21:48 PM

    Sketch of Whitey Bulger in court on Tues., June 4. (Margaret Small)

  • Milton Valencia, Boston Globe 6/5/2013 1:22:16 PM
    Guy next to me: "Is that Whitey #Bulger sitting there?"
  • Adrienne Lavidor-Berman 6/5/2013 1:29:01 PM
    For those of you catching up, here's today's Globe article on the Bulger trial:
    "I’d like to introduce you to my client, James Bulger,” attorney J.W. Carney Jr. said with a flourish as the 83-year-old gangster slowly got to his feet, facing some 225 wide-eyed potential jurors seated in rows in the glass-enclosed jury assembly room." >> Full story By Shelley Murphy, Globe staff
  • Court hearing at 10:30 am on Whitey's bid to keep me, Kevin Cullen and other Bulger book authors from covering his trial #WhiteyBulger
  • Adrienne Lavidor-Berman 6/5/2013 1:41:09 PM
    James ‘Whitey’ Bulger jury selection process enters second day (By Milton J. Valencia, Shelley Murphy and John R. Ellement, Globe Staff)

    A third, and perhaps final, batch of 225 jurors are in US District Court in Boston this morning where the second day of jury selection has begun in the racketeering trial of gangster James “Whitey” Bulger. Accompanied by his attorneys J.W. Carney Jr. and Henry Brennan, the 83-year-old Bulger appeared to be wearing the same clothes as Tuesday -- white sneakers, jeans and a long-sleeved dark shirt. >> Full story
  • A very meta #Bulger trial - Defense opposes motion to exempt @shelleymurph and @GlobeCullen from sequestration.
  • Today, @shelleymurph will be covering arguments about whether she will be allowed to cover a case she has followed her whole career.
  • whitey enter courtroom
  • Consensus is he is wearing same clothes as yesterday or identical outfit
  • Milton Valencia, Boston Globe 6/5/2013 2:43:08 PM
    Back in #Bulger hearing. Some issues yet to resolve: Whether prosecutors can admit statements that some of the alleged victims made to government officials before they were killed.
  • Milton Valencia, Boston Globe 6/5/2013 2:44:25 PM
    Also, issue is whether defense can call certain people as witnesses, and whether those witnesses would have to be sequestered during the trial. Some of those people are Globe's Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy, who would be called to testify of their interviews with some other witnesses.
  • Milton Valencia, Boston Globe 6/5/2013 2:44:37 PM
    The Boston Globe has opposed that request.
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