Defense lawyers, in their final words to jurors Monday, portrayed him as a victim of government corruption and scheming former associates. To prosecutors, he is a “murderous thug” who terrorized the city for decades.
On Tuesday, the jurors will begin deciding the fate of James “Whitey” Bulger after 35 days of testimony by 72 witnesses and six hours of closing arguments.
Bulger, 83, is “one of the most vicious, violent criminals ever to walk the streets of Boston,” Assistant US Attorney Fred Wyshak told jurors Monday in a voice that occasionally cracked with emotion during his 3½-hour closing.
He ridiculed defense lawyers’ efforts to paint Bulger as a gangster with a code, who barred heroin from his South Boston neighborhood, even as they conceded that Bulger raked in millions of dollars from extortion and from dealing marijuana and cocaine.
“This is not some Robin Hood story about a guy who kept angel dust and heroin out of Southie,” Wyshak said.
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