Bulger immunity defense too farfetched to accept

Attorney Harvey Silverglate’s comments on the rejection of James “Whitey” Bulger’s Department of Justice immunity defense by US District Court Judge Denise J. Casper comes across as extremely naive (“Judge bars immunity defense for Bulger,” Page A1, May 3). Silverglate said that “the public will never get to learn in more detail about the department’s relationship with Whitey Bulger. It would be very important for the credibility of the court and the Department of Justice if a jury were able to hear what actually happened.”

Oh, please. If a jury were to hear what “actually happened”? Does Silverglate truly believe that Bulger would tell a jury what actually happened regarding his supposed immunity, especially given that the one person who he claims verbally granted that perpetual immunity from all crimes, including murder, former federal prosecutor Jeremiah T. O’Sullivan, has been dead for four years? That would certainly be a convenient defense.

David Mack


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