James “Whitey” Bulger with his lawyer, J.W. Carney (right)
“He was involved in drug dealing,” his lawyer, J.W. Carney Jr., matter of factly told jurors during opening statements at the long-awaited trial in US District Court, exploding Bulger’s long-held assertion that he kept cocaine and marijuana from his home turf of South Boston. And, yes, Carney told them, he was involved in illegal sports betting and loansharking.