Bulger’s lawyer, Jay W. Carney Jr., acknowledged in his opening statement that Bulger made millions through illegal drugs, gambling and loan-sharking. But Carney told jurors three ex-mobsters who pinned murders on Bulger cannot be believed. The defense insists that Bulger was never an FBI informant. Instead, they say, Bulger paid FBI agents and other law enforcement to tip off him and his gang when they were being investigated or about to be indicted.
Under questioning by Carney, Katz acknowledged making most of his payments to Bulger’s partner, Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi, and said he only met Bulger once. The defense is due to cross-examine O’Brien on Monday.
Twelve regular jurors and six alternates have been seated. The trial is expected to last three to four months.
The usually stoic defendant chuckled after O’Brien testified that Bulger once threatened a man who wanted to go into business for himself by saying he had another business besides bookmaking: “Killing (expletive) like you.”
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Hit man John Martorano is expected to testify Monday as one of the prosecution’s star witnesses. Martorano admitted killing 20 people and served 12 years in prison. Bulger’s lawyers have attacked his credibility and the “extraordinary” deal he got from prosecutors in exchange for his cooperation.