Bulger juror says deliberations were tense
BOSTON (WHDH) -- One of the people who found James “Whitey” Bulger guilty spoke out Tuesday saying at times things were really tense inside the deliberation room -- people’s faces turned red, others wanted off the jury and some were popping Advil as they tried to decide whether or not to convict him.
“Deliberations, they were tough. There was a lot of controversy in the courtroom,” said Scott Hotyckey, a juror in the Bulger trial. “Definitely seemed like there were some jurors who could have settled this the first day, but there was very cautious people.”
Bulger was convicted Monday in a string of 11 killings and dozens of other gangland crimes, many of them committed while he was said to be an FBI informant. Bulger was charged primarily with racketeering, which listed 33 criminal acts -- among them, 19 murders that he allegedly helped orchestrate or carried out himself during the 1970s and `80s while he led the Winter Hill Gang, Boston's ruthless Irish mob.
“We gave them the benefit of the doubt on the first few murders. Basically, we went through and said he was guilty on that, then someone said it’s [John] Martorano lying, everything Martorano says is a lie.
“Like people would read the charges for the same crime over and over and over again and then read the pamphlet and then the indictment form,” Hotyckey said. “People were staring at it like this wasn’t murder in the first degree, second degree or third degree -- it was racketeering murder. Everybody looked at it for maybe the whole day, and I’m like, that’s not what it says. Read the whole thing. It says racketeering murder.”
After 4 1/2 days of deliberations, the federal jury decided he took part in 11 of those murders, along with nearly all the other crimes on the list, including acts of extortion, money-laundering and drug dealing. He was also found guilty of 30 other offenses, including possession of machine guns.
“This is one of those circumstances where people should do something instead of nothing, like try to make some decisions. Try to go through the docket and find something you agree with,” said Hotyckey.
“It seemed like once people started to realize the law and realize exactly what happened by comparing notes it was easier,” said Hotyckey.
In the end, Hotyckey felt good about their findings.
“I feel bad for the families if there was anyone there looking for justice,” said Hotyckey. “I guess I made my decision and I’m not going to feel guilty about it. I think that he was convicted of enough things.”
Hotyckey spoke specifically about the Debra Davis no-finding verdict and he said he personally thought Bulger was responsible enough because they found him guilty of Deborah Hussey’s murder, but Hotyckey said in the end the jury agreed to the no-finding verdict.