Live blog: The Whitey Bulger trial

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.

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  • Teresa Hanafin 8/12/2013 7:08:29 PM
    Bulger lawyer Jay Carney: Jim Bulger was very pleased with the trial and the outcome. It was important to him that government corruption be exposed.
  • Teresa Hanafin 8/12/2013 7:09:23 PM
    Bulger lawyer Jay Carney: Bulger has a strong feeling that he should have been able to present his immunity defense. But he was able to highlight the corruption and the corrupt, obscene deals made with certain witnesses.
  • Teresa Hanafin 8/12/2013 7:10:20 PM
    Bulger lawyer Hank Brennan: The amount of time that they spent deliberating proved that this jury was the best group of people to make these decisions.
  • Teresa Hanafin 8/12/2013 7:10:44 PM
    Bulger lawyer Hank Brennan: To ask a jury to trust witnesses who had such inducements to lie was reflected in some of the verdicts.
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  • Teresa Hanafin 8/12/2013 7:11:14 PM
    Bulger lawyer Jay Carney: I'm proud of what we did in this trial, what criminal defense lawyers do every day.
  • Teresa Hanafin 8/12/2013 7:12:00 PM
    Bulger lawyer Jay Carney: We decided when we were appointed to this case, we would do the best possible job we could, and we hope we made our fellow criminal defense lawyers proud.
  • Jay Carney also says #Bulger is pleased that government corruption was exposed during his trial. #wcvb
  • Teresa Hanafin 8/12/2013 7:12:32 PM
    Bulger lawyer Jay Carney: Would be interesting to hear from the jury to see if they felt the government proved that James Bulger was an informant. It was a myth.
  • Teresa Hanafin 8/12/2013 7:13:00 PM
    Bulger lawyer Jay Carney: It was important to us to prove because if he wasn't, it undercut the testimony of every single prosecution witness.
  • Defense attorneys say they did the best possible job they could defending #Bulger pic.twitter.com/J82zUyFhzW

  • Teresa Hanafin 8/12/2013 7:13:56 PM
    Bulger lawyer Hank Brennan: I don't think you've heard the last word from James Bulger. The corruption in the Justice Department at that time is still a story that should be told.
  • Ron Agrella, Editor 8/12/2013 7:14:18 PM
    J.W. Carney (Bulger's attorney): Bulger will appeal
  • Anush Elbakyan, Video producer 8/12/2013 7:15:14 PM
    Emotional Steve Davis, brother of alleged victim Debra Davis, spoke after the conviction of #Bulger. #Watch: bo.st
  • VIDEO: Carney says Whitey #Bulger is "very pleased" with verdict results t.co
  • Teresa Hanafin 8/12/2013 7:19:46 PM
    Bulger lawyer Jay Carney: Bulger will appeal.
  • Teresa Hanafin 8/12/2013 7:20:31 PM
    Bulger lawyer Jay Carney: Judge Denise Casper did an outstanding job. We disagree with some of her rulings. We've never had a trial where we didn't disagree with some of the rulings.
  • Teresa Hanafin 8/12/2013 7:21:31 PM
    Bulger lawyer Jay Carney: But there were extraordinary circumstances with this trial. Outbursts by our client, things said by witnesses - things that you may never face in an entire career as a judge.
  • Teresa Hanafin 8/12/2013 7:22:19 PM
    Bulger lawyer Hank Brennan: It was important to us to get as much information to the public as possible. We felt the presence of families left behind.
  • Teresa Hanafin 8/12/2013 7:23:11 PM
    Bulger lawyer Hank Brennan: Need answers to who was accountable, who was responsible for the carnage. We did our best. At many points we were stopped from bringing out information.
  • Teresa Hanafin 8/12/2013 7:23:40 PM
    Bulger lawyer Hank Brennan: Our government needs to answer the hard questions about what really went on.
  • Teresa Hanafin 8/12/2013 7:24:40 PM
    Bulger lawyer Jay Carney: Has it been worth it? I've never said no to a judge when I've been asked to represent someone, and I don't regret any of them.
  • Teresa Hanafin 8/12/2013 7:25:08 PM
    Bulger lawyer Jay Carney: The lead issue for appeal will be the ruling not to allow us to present an immunity defense.
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  • Teresa Hanafin 8/12/2013 7:29:53 PM
    US Attorney Carmen Ortiz: This day of reckoning for Bulger has been a long time in coming - too long.
  • Teresa Hanafin 8/12/2013 7:30:49 PM
    US Attorney Carmen Ortiz: Bulger will spend the rest of his life in prison, far from the beaches of Santa Monica and the streets of South Boston.
  • Teresa Hanafin 8/12/2013 7:31:41 PM
    US Attorney Carmen Ortiz: We mark the end of an era that was very ugly in Boston's history. It also outlined behavior by corrupt federal officials and those who knew better.
  • Teresa Hanafin 8/12/2013 7:31:58 PM
    US Attorney Carmen Ortiz: I want to thank and highlight the work of the Mass. State Police and the DEA.
  • Teresa Hanafin 8/12/2013 7:32:22 PM
    US Attorney Carmen Ortiz: It's a tribute to their professional integrity.
  • Teresa Hanafin 8/12/2013 7:33:10 PM
    US Attorney Carmen Ortiz: Also thank the FBI Bulger fugitive task force which helped bring Bulger to justice.
  • Teresa Hanafin 8/12/2013 7:33:58 PM
    US Attorney Carmen Ortiz: To the families: Today's convictions do not alter or lessen the harm, but I hope they find some measure of solace that Bulger is being punished.
  • Teresa Hanafin 8/12/2013 7:37:17 PM
    State Police Col. Timothy Alben: We can never forget those who lost their lives who who were terrorized by this crime spree.
  • Teresa Hanafin 8/12/2013 7:38:25 PM
    IRS Special Agent Phil Hall: This was a public expose of a criminal enterprise that operated unfettered for a long time in Boston. Never has there been individual who caused so much pain to so many people.
  • Teresa Hanafin 8/12/2013 7:39:37 PM
    US Marshall John Gibbons: Please let us keep the victims and their families in our thoughts and prayers.
  • Teresa Hanafin 8/12/2013 7:41:33 PM
    Vincent Lissi of the FBI: It's a new day and we're all going to continue to move forward.
  • Teresa Hanafin 8/12/2013 7:42:50 PM
    US Atty. Carmen Ortiz: In our opening statement, we noted the government corruption that existed. We held hearing, FBI agents were prosecuted. We acknowledged that corruption existed.
  • Anush Elbakyan, Video producer 8/12/2013 7:43:01 PM
  • Teresa Hanafin 8/12/2013 7:43:32 PM
    US Atty. Carmen Ortiz: It taints and tarnishes the honest members of law enforcement. But it was those honest members who brought about this result today.
  • Teresa Hanafin 8/12/2013 7:45:59 PM
    US Atty. Carmen Ortiz: There's been a lot of criticism of the deals we made with John Martarano, Kevin Weeks, and others. It's a difficult decision.
  • Teresa Hanafin 8/12/2013 7:46:43 PM
    US Atty. Carmen Ortiz: This is a tough business. This is a legitimate practice. If it weren't, Congress would outlaw it.
  • Teresa Hanafin 8/12/2013 7:47:39 PM
    US Atty. Carmen Ortiz: The reality is that these people have information that we don't have. And without those deals, we would not have been able to prosecute those who have committed even worse crimes.
  • Teresa Hanafin 8/12/2013 7:48:19 PM
    US Atty. Carmen Ortiz: Plea deals also allow us to find out what happened to people who simply disappeared.
  • Teresa Hanafin 8/12/2013 7:48:55 PM
    US Atty. Carmen Ortiz: No doubt the use of informants was horrific in this case. New AG guidelines were implemented to provide for more oversight. But we still need informants.
  • Teresa Hanafin 8/12/2013 7:49:39 PM
    US Atty. Carmen Ortiz: In terms of Debbie Davis: The jury clearly was torn. They didn't find that we had proved that beyond a reasonable doubt, but they didn't say we didn't prove it.
  • Teresa Hanafin 8/12/2013 7:50:08 PM
    US Atty. Carmen Ortiz: My heart breaks for the Davis family. We did the best that we could to bring closure to that case.
  • Anush Elbakyan, Video producer 8/12/2013 7:50:10 PM

    VIDEO: Tommy Donahue says he has mixed emotions after #bulger verdict

  • Anush Elbakyan, Video producer 8/12/2013 7:54:10 PM

    William O'Brien says #Bulger jury should be "ashamed"

  • Anush Elbakyan, Video producer 8/12/2013 8:20:30 PM
    Tom Donahue speaks after #Bulger was convicted of murdering his father, Michael. #Watch: bo.st
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