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Kevin Cullen

Closing arguments in Whitey’s case like theater

If you begin with the premise that all closing arguments are theater, the wrap to Whitey Bulger’s trial was more like Harold Pinter’s “Betrayal,” where the characters play head games, than Edward Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,” in which everybody’s barking at each other.

The soliloquies were, like Pinter’s, more economical than extravagant. The protagonists, Fred Wyshak for the prosecution, Jay Carney and Hank Brennan for the defense, circled each other more like Flamenco dancers than cagefighters.

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