Almost two decades after a corrupt FBI agent helped him avoid capture, reputed crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger is starting a trial that may shed new light on a shameful period for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Bulger, 83, is accused of 19 murders and widespread racketeering while he led an Irish-American organized crime gang in South Boston from the 1970s to the early 1990s. Prosecutors say Bulger was an FBI informant during most of that time, and at least three agents were corrupted by his alleged schemes.
Bulger was captured in 2011 after 16 years on the run, and may spend the rest of his life in prison if he’s found guilty. Potential jurors got their first look at Bulger today as U.S. District Judge Denise Casper started jury selection at a hearing in Boston’s federal courthouse.
“I’m pleased to introduce our client -- this is James Bulger,” J.W. Carney, the accused killer’s attorney, said to jurors as the hearing began. “Good morning,” Bulger said to the group.
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