The lawyers for James “Whitey” Bulger have received an extra 2 weeks to review his case before deciding whether they can be properly prepared for trial.
Attorney J.W. Carney has been struggling to wade through hundreds of thousands of pages of evidence related to a 1999 indictment for crimes allegedly committed in the 1970s and 1980s, reports Reuters.
The 82 year old mob boss and FBI informant is accused of 19 murders. Bulger was arrested with his girlfriend at their hideout last June 22 after the FBI made a renewed push to find him.
For all the glut of evidence Carney must sift through, he says important pieces have been withheld. He believes prosecutors have sealed evidence to protect corrupt cops from public scrutiny, according to Reuters, and that the missing information may be hampering his ability to defend his client.
“The government doesn’t want to have everyone know about the depth of corruption that went on for decades in this city,” Carney said, according to Reuters.
James “Whitey” Bulger’s story of crime boss-turned-informant inspired Martin Scorsese’s 2006 Oscar-winning film “The Departed.”
The real story is none too flattering for the Boston FBI back in the day when it let Bulger step over the line while he snitched on his enemies.
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