Whitey Bulger Trial Blog
Still no verdict in Bulger trial
Posted by Jonathan Hall 08/08/13, 6:05pm
Still no verdict after 3 days, and more than 20 hours of deliberations in the Bulger trial.
The 12 member panel considering James "Whitey" Bulger's fate sent the judge a note this afternoon, just before 2 p.m., asking to see a piece of evidence: a German made MP40 9mm machine gun.
The very last count in the indictment deals with possession of weapons with obliterated serial numbers, and this is one of two guns in that category.
The jury got to see the weapon - not a picture, but the weapon itself, in the jury room. It was unloaded of course... needless to say!
Bulger - who will be 84 in less than a month - faces a life sentence if convicted of some or all the charges.
Count 2, racketeering, includes 33 allegations - among them, 19 murders. In nine of them, he allegedly did the deed himself. In others, he allegedly helped John Martorano commit the crimes.
The judge told the jury at the beginning of the day today that while they only need proof of two violations to convict - they should conscientiously consider all 33.
The families like that. But they realize their case could be left blank if there is not unanimous agreement.
The courthouse has been packed with families - of murder victims Michael Donahue, Debbie Davis, Eddie Connors, Michael Milano, Bucky Barrett and Buddy Leonard. They thought a verdict might be coming today because of the question about the very last charge in the indictment.
Some say their nerves are shot. Tom Donahue said he tries not to get too caught up in the "ups and downs." It's not easy.
Waiting for a jury leads to long hours, with lawyers, and families, and media members chatting up a storm. That led to a bizarre moment in courtroom 11. Attorney Jay Carney told us he likes to have his toe nails painted, like women do, after a pedicure. He said his toenails are now "eggplant purple." And he removed a shoe and sock to provide proof.
All in a day's work at the Bulger trial.
Deliberations continue at 9 a.m. tomorrow.