Claims made by Whitey Bulger that he had immunity for the crime he committed in the 1970’s is being scoffed at by federal prosecutors. The defense team for the Boston Mobster claim he was granted immunity by former and now deceased U.S. Attorney Jeremiah O’Sullivan while he was an informant for the feds supplying them with information about the Italian Mafia. But prosecutors argue that if Bulger believed he had immunity why would he be paying thousands of dollars to corrupt FBI agent John Connolly which his former partner Stephen Flemmi already admitted to and he would not have gone on the run for sixteen years.
James “Whitey” Bulger
Bulgers Attorney J.W. Carney is also looking to have the trial postponed from March of next year to November. Carney says him and his defense team needs more time to go over the dozens of videos, 100 recorded phone calls, and 366,000 pages of documents related to the case and the relationship between Bulger and the FBI. There are also over one thousand wiretap conversations that the defense teams need to have transcribed. With this abundance of work to be done Carney says the current trial date infringes on his clients constitutional rights for effective counsel making his request for the eight month delay viable. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian Kelly claimed the Bulger defense team was attempting to play the judge with these claims of too much work.
Prosecutors filled court papers that James “Whitey” Bulger former head of the Winter Hill Gang never received immunity from anyone for the crime he committed which include a role in 19 murders. There is a ruling expected to be handed down soon on the defenses request to delay the trial until Novermber 2013.