After two days of public court hearings, the trial of notorious gangster James “Whitey” Bulger trial is quiet today while attorneys study detailed questionnaires filled out by hundreds of prospective jurors, 18 of whom will be chosen to sit on the trial, which is expected to last through the summer.
US District Court Judge Denise J. Casper has called in more than 700 people from the Greater Boston area to US District Court in South Boston, where many got a glimpse of — and a greeting from — the 83-year-old Bulger Tuesday and Wednesday as Casper summarized the case to them.
The attorneys are expected to use the rest of the week analzying the information provided by the prospective jurors so they can be ready on Monday to conduct detailed inquiries of individual candidates. Casper said she hopes the prosecution and defense can deliver opening statements next Wednesday.
Casper has yet to rule on a number of issues, including a request by Bulger to ban several journalists from covering his trial. Prosecutors said Wednesday that Bulger has targeted the journalists, including Boston Globe reporter Shelley Murphy and Globe columnist Kevin Cullen, two veteran journalists who recently published a book about him, simply because he dislikes them.
In a letter to a friend, Bulger called Murphy a traitor and Cullen a low-life.
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