Jury seated in 'Whitey' Bulger's trial
SOUTH BOSTON (WHDH) -- A jury has been selected to hear the Whitey Bulger case and it’s predominantly white and male.
The main 12 are made up of eight men and four women. The six alternates are split down the middle, three of each. They all have a variety of ages.
Analysts said the jury makeup shows no obvious advantage for Bulger or the prosecution.
“Both sides are, they’re not trying to get the perfect jury, they’re just trying to get somebody they can live with and it sounds like they did,” said one analyst.
It just happens one of the alternates is something of a Whitey expert. He admitted to reading just about any book about the alleged crime boss he could get his hands on. The potential juror also said he’s a big fan of Bulger’s enemy, Howie Carr.
The local talk show host finally beat a defense team effort to keep him out of the courtroom because he’s on the witness list. He said Tuesday was the first time he saw Bulger in person in nearly 20 years.
“He doesn’t look nearly as menacing as he used to,” said Carr.
Lawyers for both sides found themselves shouting at each other in the courtroom. The fireworks came as Bulger’s lawyers continued to press for more information about allegations that prosecution witness and former hit man John Martorano, now out of jail, has gone back to a life of crime with State Police protection. But the judge finally cut off both lawyers bickering and said, “Seriously? Seriously.”
The judge later denied the defense motion for more time and more information on the Martorano manner.