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Judge Denies Postponement of ‘Whitey’ Bulger’s Murder, Racketeering Trial

 

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A judge in the murder and racketeering trial of James “Whitey” Bulger rejected a bid by the accused mobster’s attorneys to postpone the case, the Boston Globe reports.

Defense attorneys have complained that Bulger, who is 83, is getting weak from the long court days. They also say they need more time to prepare for the inundation of evidence by the prosecutor.

The case is moving faster than many anticipated and likely will end much sooner than the expected end date in September.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Zachary Hafer said Bulger “had 16 years to relax” as a fugitive.

“The victims in this case have waited long enough for justice,” Hafer said.

Lawyers for ‘Whitey’ Bulger Ask for Postponement in Murder, Racketeering Trial

 

Whitey Bulger

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Attorneys for accused mobster James “Whitey” Bulger said they are not prepared to defend their client during the racketeering and murder trial, CBS Boston reports.

“Simply put, the defendant’s counsel have hit a wall, and are unable to proceed further without additional time to prepare for upcoming witnesses,” Bulger’s attorneys J.W. Carney and Hank Brennan wrote in the filing Thursday. “Counsel have struggled mightily to be ready for each day of the trial since it began on June 3, 2013, working seven days a week and extraordinarily long hours.”

Much of the problem, the attorneys complained, is the prosecution’s delay in discovery.

“These discovery lapses may not be intentional, and may reflect that the prosecution team is overwhelmed as well. Nonetheless, it has put the defense team in an untenable position, especially as it continues to review earlier-produced discovery that now amounts to almost 400,000 pages. There is a physical and mental limitation on how much work can be done by the defense team, and a brief adjournment of the trial will allow counsel to be prepared for the upcoming witnesses,” Carney and Brennan wrote.

Also inconvenienced by the trial is Bulger himself, they said.

Blago’s Chicago Lawyers Want FBI Interviews of Pres. Elect Obama and Staff

obama-and-biden1By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The criminal case against ex-Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich can only get more interesting.

In the latest move, his lawyers have asked for the FBI interviews of then President-elect Barack Obama,his chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, White House adviser Valerie Jarrett and others, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

The lawyers in a court filing also asked for information regarding an FBI interview with the first lady, but the Sun-Times reported that a source said the FBI never interviewed her.

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