Search for jurors continues in Bulger trial
BOSTON (WHDH)--Whitey Bulger found out today at least two thirds of the potential jurors brought into court so far either know too much about the alleged mob boss and killers, or they just can't take off the three or four months it may take to try him.
Out of 500 potential jurors who completed questionnaire only 149 are left. The rest tossed out. The prosecution, defense and judge all agreeing they should be excused.
Still, Bulger's defense lawyers said they're confident they can find 18 impartial jurors from those who remain.
"We have agreed that there are people who are qualified to serve on the jury who do not have A reason to be disqualified for cause and even if they were excluded there are plenty of people left whom neither party have an objection to,” said J.W. Carney Jr., Bulger defense attorney.
Things got emotional in court when Bulger's defense team demanded to know more about allegations that a key defense witness, convicted hitman John Martorano, has gone back to a life of crime. With state police handlers brushing it under the rug just like Whitey's FBI handler John Connolly did years ago.
Cutting a deal to testify, Martorano was released in 2007 but prosecutors say allegations Martorano is “running the rackets again” are unfounded.
The prosecutor choked up defending the state police handling Martorano now saying, "The bottom line is this is a lot of smoke, no substance to it," Frank Wyshak said.
The judge withheld the decision on whether the defense team will get more on those bombshell allegations. She also had an interesting question for the Bulger defense team asking whether prosecutors at this point have offered Whitey any plea deals. Whitey's lawyer said no deals offered at this point.