Jurors heard testimony from James Marra, an agent with the Justice Department’s office of the inspector general, who investigated Bulger’s handler John J. Connolly Jr. Bulger has denied being an FBI informant, but Marra read from Bulger’s informant file. According to the file, Bulger reported not only to Connolly, but also to other FBI agents, and discussed the Mafia and his associates. Bulger also met with Lawrence Sarhatt, former head of the FBI in Boston, according to his file.
Marra will be questioned by Bulger’s lawyers, who will try to show that Connolly invented some of the informant details attributed to Bulger. Jurors could also hear from John Morris, a former FBI supervisor who admitted to pocketing bribes from Bulger and Flemmi and leaking information to them in the 1980s. Morris was never jailed; he was granted immunity from prosecution in exchange for his cooperation.