A judge denied Thursday a request by the widow of one of James “Whitey” Bulger’s victims for a bigger share of the $822,000 cash and other assets that were seized from the gangster and will be split evenly among families of all 19 people he was accused of killing.
Elaine Barrett, whose husband Arthur “Bucky” Barrett was killed by Bulger in South Boston in 1983, argued that 25 percent of Bulger’s assets should immediately be turned over to her, based in part on her husband’s “extraordinary suffering” and the fact jurors found Bulger not guilty of seven of the 19 slayings he was accused of and could not reach a verdict on another. She noted that families of some victims had already collected civil judgments because of the FBI’s corrupt relationship with Bulger.
US District Judge Denise J. Casper, who sentenced Bulger in November to two life sentences for participating in 11 murders while running a sprawling criminal enterprise, wrote on the docket Thursday: “Given the number of victms in this case and the nature of the evidence as to each victim, the court declines to exercise its discretion in the manner the [Barrett] estate seeks here.
Elaine Barrett, who was Barrett’s second wife, could not be reached for comment Thursday.
However, Theresa Bond, Barrett’s daughter from his first marriage, said she was upset by her stepmother’s effort to get more money than other victims.
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