Whitey Bulger Trial Blog
Closing arguments, part 2
Posted by Jonathan Hall 08/05/13, 4:24pm
Assistant US Atorney Wyshack told the jury to use their common sense, and not to get distracted. He spoke more than three and a half hours.
He admitted no one likes witnesses john martorani, Stephen flemmi, and kevin weeks, nor the sweetheart deals they got.
As for Bulger's disputed relationship with disgraced fbi agent John Connolly,
Wyshack added: "Mr. Bulger cares more about his reputation as an FBI informant than he does about his reputation as a murderous thug."
The defense used two and a half hours for its closing statement, Jay Carney and Hank Brennan both spoke. Brennan went first, putting the government on trial.
In his closing Carney told the Bulger jury the prosecutions witnesses were bought and paid for -- suggesting the men can't be trusted.
Striking a Tea Party-like theme, Carney urged the jury to send a message to America, by finding reasonable doubt in this case as a way to fight government abuse and corruption.
Carney said, "I ask you to find strength in the oath that you took. When you did - you became our country... You will embody our constitutional protections."
Though the victims' families agree government corruption is a major issue in this trial, they don't want to see that let Bulger go free.
Tom Donahue told me "not a chance in hell."
Wyshack -- in his 15 minute rebuttal -- said "let's get back to reality here" - he said the defense is asking the jury to violate its oath, ignore the evidence, and find Bulger not guilty to send a message to the "big bad government." He also accused Carney of a slanderous, disingenuous attempt to twist facts.