Bulger defense seeks delay in openings
SOUTH BOSTON (WHDH) -- The defense in Whitey Bulger’s case wants to know more about former hit man John Martorano. He could be one of the most damaging witnesses against Bulger. That’s why Bulger’s defense team said they have to know everything prosecutors know about him, including allegations that State Police are protecting Martorano.
The defense believes they let him go back to a life of crime in return for his testimony. Defense Attorney J.W. Carney Jr. claimed, “They’re hiding it, your honor. It’s a cover up.” But Prosecutor Frank Wyshak responded, “That’s a fantasy. It’s fiction. It did not happen.”
Meanwhile, the Judge plowed ahead with jury selection Monday. She kept 70 people as possible jurors, including a Brockton man who admitted to a drinking problem and an arrest after locking himself out of his apartment without any clothes on.
Among about 20 excused from jury service were a young Suffolk County prosecutor, someone who works for a defense attorney who appears regularly in Federal Court and someone whose brother was killed in a gangland hit.
A jury could be seated Tuesday and opening statements could be starting on Wednesday, but the defense believes they should get more time to learn more about the Martorano manner. The judge has yet to decide.