Hollywood is about to collide with the typically low-key environs of the John Joseph Moakley US Courthouse, with armed federal marshals standing sentry outside, the possibility of hundreds of spectators jockeying daily for a limited number of courtroom seats, and reporters arriving from around the world to chronicle the long-awaited trial of notorious gangster James “Whitey” Bulger.
In anticipation of the trial’s start next week, even the workers in the second-floor courthouse cafeteria have been prepping for the kinds of lunchtime crowds they have never seen before.
“Everyone is ramping up,” said Catherine Mitchell, manager of Gourmet Caterers, which runs the cafeteria.
The trial of Bulger, who is facing a sweeping indictment that includes 19 murder charges, is expected to create a nearly cinematic climax to an extraordinary reign of terror, a years-long manhunt, and a capture that most people assumed would never happen, all of it overlaid with the specter of corruption at the highest levels of US law enforcement.
With jury selection set to begin next week, court officials expect hundreds of people will be flocking to the courthouse each day to witness the great American mob trial, and officials are scrambling to prepare accommodations
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