In the end, the FBI informant file did not matter.
Jurors in the trial of James “Whitey” Bulger delivered an unambiguous verdict, finding that Bulger ran a criminal enterprise, extorted hundreds of thousands of dollars, sold drugs, laundered money, and killed people.
“It was a sweeping vindication for the government, at least for the prosecution,” said Brad Bailey, a former state and federal prosecutor and a defense lawyer who has been following the case. “This was a very widespread victory.”
After five days of deliberations totaling 32½ hours — and after 35 days of testimony by 72 witnesses — the jury of eight men and four women found Bulger guilty of all but one of the 32 counts he faced. And the jury found Bulger responsible for most of the 33 racketeering acts he was charged with, including 11 of 19 murders.
From the beginning, his lawyers had tried to shift the focus of the trial to government corruption, while maintaining that the gangster was never an FBI informant, in spite of a hefty FBI file in his name. The lawyers had argued that Bulger was paying FBI agents for information, but that he never provided it.
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