, Salem, MA


August 8, 2013

No Bulger verdict after two days of deliberations


Under the racketeering charge, Bulger is accused of committing 33 separate acts, including the 19 killings. He also faces separate counts of extortion, money-laundering and weapons charges. The jury only needs to find that he committed at least two of the 33 racketeering acts within 10 years of each other to find him guilty of the racketeering charge.

Late in the day, the jury asked the judge whether they had to find unanimously on each of the 33 acts, in particular, whether they had to be unanimous if they found that prosecutors had not proven Bulger committed certain acts.

After discussions with prosecutors and Bulgers’s lawyers, Casper said she would send a written note to the jurors indicating that if they cannot come to a unanimous decision on a particular racketeering act, they should make no finding on that act and move on to the next one. She also said she would reiterate that they only need to find that prosecutors have proven two of the 33 acts in order to find Bulger guilty of racketeering.

The jury was to resume deliberations today.

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