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Kevin Cullen

Bulger’s defense wins a Pyrrhic victory

Given the sordid nature of the testimony at Whitey Bulger’s trial, the genteel atmosphere in Courtroom 11 in the federal courthouse named for Whitey’s old neighbor Joe Moakley seemed incongruous to the murder and mayhem being described day after day, week after week.

But that all changed Tuesday. The monotonous description of all things foul was interrupted by an exchange between Whitey and his onetime protégé Kevin Weeks that sounded like closing time at any number of the old buckets of blood on West Broadway where Whitey’s friends and foes used to get loaded and swear like sailors.

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