The stories from the dozens of potential jurors questioned in federal court Monday about whether they are fit to decide the case against James “Whitey” Bulger were as varied as the people who told them.
There was a gray-haired man who explained that his arrest for lewdness a decade ago was because he locked himself out of his apartment while half-asleep on the way to the bathroom, and he was stranded “butt naked out in the hallway.”
One young woman recounted how she witnessed a shooting in Texas when she was smoking “weed” with people she just met, then called 911. But “I didn’t wait around for the ambulance to show up,” she said.
Both individuals were among 70 potential jurors in a pool that will return to court Tuesday for the final stage of jury selection in the trial, which is drawing widespread attention across the nation. They survived a marathon session, in which dozens of people were called into the courtroom one by one.
US District Judge Denise J. Casper sat beside them, politely probing for details to answers on their questionnaires that had been flagged by the prosecution or defense.
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