James “Whitey” Bulger wants the jury who will decide his fate to be sequestered when they begin deliberating whether he is guilty of the sweeping racketeering indictment he faces, which includes allegations he participated in 19 murders.
Defense attorneys for Bulger filed the motion late Sunday night, setting the stage for the issue to be raised when his US District Court trial resumes on Monday and the defense begins presenting witnesses.
In a five-page motion, defense attorneys J.W. Carney Jr. and Hank Brennan cited several of Globe columnist Kevin Cullen’s writings about Bulger and the witnesses who have testified against him as examples of the harsh criticism their client has faced from the media covering the trial.
“The nature of the publicity in this case is . . . that the articles published about the defendant have extended far beyond mere recounting of testimony and have characterized the defendant in an extremely prejudicial manner,’’ the attorneys wrote.
Among those the Bulger defense team said could improperly influence the jury is one of Cullen’s columns that included his suggestion that a game show — called “The Biggest Scumbag” — be created following the testimony of former Bulger ally, Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi.
You have reached the limit of 5 free articles in a month
Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.
- High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
- Convenient access across all of your devices
- Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
- Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
- Less than 25¢ a week