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Bulger’s trial was fair and his guilt is clear

As his trial neared a close, James “Whitey” Bulger lashed out at the court. “I didn’t get a fair trial,” proclaimed the 83-year-old gangster, explaining his decision not to testify in his own defense, “and this is a sham.”

On the contrary: If one thing has become clear over the course of Bulger’s trial, which ended Monday with convictions on most of the charges, it’s that the judges, lawyers, and jury involved in the case gave Bulger a scrupulously fair trial, which should help give the proceedings the legitimacy and finality that his victims deserve.

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