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Continued: Bulger lawyer says mob witnesses lied; prosecutors call him 'vicious, violent, calculating'

  • Article by: DENISE LAVOIE , AP Legal Affairs Writer
  • Last update: August 5, 2013 - 5:25 PM

Wyshak reminded the jury that witness after witness testified that Bulger was the boss, that he ran the gang and oversaw all its activities.

"It's humorous to have them stand up here and say these crimes were committed by Weeks, Flemmi and Martorano, not by Bulger, that he was just thrown in," Wyshak said.

Prosecution witnesses and Bulger's own lawyers said that Bulger gave payoffs to a half-dozen FBI agents, at least one state trooper and Boston police officers to get information on search warrants, wiretaps and investigations so he could stay one step ahead of indictments.

But Wyshak suggested that Bulger's lawyers were trying to divert attention away from Bulger by focusing on FBI corruption. Wyshak noted that Carney, in his closing argument, never said his client was not guilty.

During the trial, Bulger's lawyers spent much of their time disputing allegations he was a "rat" who informed on the rival Italian mob and people in his own gang.

In addition, the defense tried to counter allegations Bulger strangled women — something he also apparently considered a violation of his underworld code of honor.

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