Bulger verdict explained

James “Whitey” Bulger was indicted on 32 counts, alleging he participated in a racketeering enterprise from the 1970s to the 1990s that raked in money from drug trafficking and extortion of bookmakers, drug dealers, and businessmen. One of the racketeering counts alleges that Bulger committed 33 criminal acts, including 19 murders, six extortions, and conspiring to sell marijuana and cocaine. By law, jurors only had to find Bulger guilty of two of those acts, that occurred within 10 years of each other, in order for him to be convicted of racketeering. After the prosecution and defense presented a total of 72 witnesses over 35 days, the jury, made up of four women and eight men, found Bulger guilty of counts.

Below is a summary of the evidence federal prosecutors introduced during the trial. The count numbers reflect the verdict slip the jurors used during their deliberations. Some of the counts were removed from the verdict slip because they involved charges against other defendants. Click on each charge for related Globe articles and an explanation of what each charge means.


Source: Globe staff reports

Joanna S. Kao for The Boston Globe and Anica Butler, Gabriel Florit / Globe staff