Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Will changing judges help the perception of a fair trial?
Wednesday, January 9
Should the presiding judge in the James "Whitey" Bulger case recuse himself or be removed from the case? That's the argument Bulger's legal team made to an appeals court Tuesday, saying Judge Richard Stearns' time as a prosecutor overlapped with Bulger's time as an FBI informant. According to boston.com, Stearns has said he had no knowledge of the Bulger investigation while he served as a prosecutor. He also said he was not aware of any immunity deal in place for Bulger. That's a key defensive claim, and it is hotly disputed by the prosecution. What do you think? Can Bulger get a fair trial in Boston? Should Judge Stearns step down from the case? Should the appeals court order him removed? Or is this just a stall tactic by the defense? …
Friday, June 8, 2012
In a memorandum filed today, federal prosecutors said alleged mobster James "Whitey" Bulger's longtime girlfriend committed the worse case of harboring they'd seen.
Federal prosecutors today recommended a sentence of 10 years in prison, a fine of $150,000 and a period of supervised release for three years for Catherine Greig, longtime companion of reputed mobster James "Whitey" Bulger. She pleaded guilty March 14 to helping him elude capture. "This is no garden variety harboring case. It is the most extreme case of harboring this District has seen," U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz wrote in her 36-page sentencing memorandum, filed today in U.S. District Court in Boston. "Knowing full well that Bulger was wanted for very serious crimes and having ample opportunity to walk away at any time, Greig not only concealed Bulger from law enforcement but did, herself, commit multiple additional felonies in order to…
Friday, October 21, 2011
Lynch introduced bill to protect innocent people.
US Congressman Stephen Lynch introduced a bill that would increase Congressional oversight of law enforcement agencies’ use of confidential informants. The Confidential Informant Accountability Act of 2011 (H.R. 3228) would extend the statute of limitations for tort claims arising out of criminal misconduct by a confidential informant, said a press release from Lynch's office. “While the use of confidential informants can be an effective crime-fighting tool, unfortunately, we have also seen the practice abused, innocent people killed, falsely imprisoned and families torn apart as a result,” said Lynch. “By enhancing Congressional oversight, hopefully, the past will not be repeated.” Lynch visited West Roxbury earlier this week as a part of…
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
James "Whitey" Bulger was arrested in California earlier this week and has since been transported to Boston.
As James "Whitey" Bulger prepares to face charges in court in Boston, including for the killing of 19 people, West Roxbury's US congressman called on the Justice Department to examine the FBI's involvement with the notorious crime boss. "With the capture of Mr. Bulger, my hope is that this will bring some closure for the families of the victims," Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-MA, said in a statement. "There may also be an opportunity to gain additional information regarding the FBI's involvement in these crimes. It remains the responsibility of the Justice Department to see that a full investigation is completed." Bulger, who was arrested in Santa Monica, CA last Wednesday night, worked as an informant for the Federal Bureau of Investigation …
Friday, June 24, 2011
Whitey Bulger was living in the same apartment building in California for the last 15 years. Saturday is a Hazardous Waste Drop Off day.
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Thursday, June 23, 2011
Bulger expected to arrive in Boston within 48 hours.
Federal agents said Thursday morning that their often-criticized 16-year manhunt for notorious Boston crime boss James J. "Whitey" Bulger came to an end after agents used a ruse to lure him from his Santa Monica home Wednesday. The tip came in around 8 p.m. Tuesday and was the direct result of a recently launched media campaign. "Although there are those who have doubted our resolve over the years, it has never wavered," Richard DesLauriers, special agent in charge of the FBI's Boston division, said to a room full of reporters in the U.S. Attorneys office at the John Joseph Moakley federal courthouse in Boston. Bulger, 81, was arrested without incident around 5:45 p.m. Wednesday after federal agents lured him out of his Santa Monica home, …
The alleged mob boss was arrested Wednesday night at The Princess Eugenia, an apartment complex less than a mile from the Pacific Ocean.
James "Whitey" Bulger, the alleged mob boss and Top Ten Fugitive who has been on the run since the mid-'90s, was arrested Wednesday night at the Princess Eugenia apartment complex in Santa Monica. His longtime companion, Catherine Greig, was also arrested. They are due to make an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in downtown Los Angeles at 2 p.m. on Thursday. The Princess Eugenia is located at 1012 Third St., just south of Washington Blvd. On Thursday morning, media swarmed the apartment complex, trying to gather information from tenants, including in which apartment Bulger and Greig had been staying. Police officers were still stationed outside the complex as well. The above images are from the Princess Eugenia. Also included in …