Joe Bruno on the Mob – Whitey Bulger’s Attorney Buried in Avalanche of Evidence

If you think the prosecutors in U.S. District Court in Boston have flimsy evidence against Mob Boss/Rat Whitey Bulger, think again.

Bulger’s court appointed attorney J.W. Carney has received thousands of pages of evidence against Bulger in the Discovery Process leading up to Bulger’s trial. Included in the evidence is information on the 19 murders Bulger, the former head of the Winter Hill Mob, was allegedly involved with.

“It was taller than I am,” said Bulger’s attorney Carney, talking about the mounds of evidence he’s received. “And I’ve been told I can expect more.”

Because of the sheer mass of evidence released to Carney, he has been given more time to review everything, so that he can properly prepare for Bulger’s trial. A status conference is set for November 21, which gives Carney a little over two months to do some heavy reading.

Carney, a top criminal attorney, was appointed by the state to represent Bulger. And Bulger will not pay Carney even a single dime, since the state is picking up the tab for Carney’s services.

Think what you may about Bulger, but even an arch-criminal like Bulger deserves the best defense he can possibly receive, so down the line, some poor Joe Schmoe doesn’t get railroaded by the government for a crime he didn’t commit.

This is the price we have to pay in a civilized society, to put criminals in jail, and keep innocent people out of jail.

The two articles below can be seen at:

Feds release mountain of evidence in ‘Whitey’ Bulger case
By Marie Szaniszlo
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 –

Prosecutors have turned over thousands of pages of evidence against former reputed Southie mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger, with more to come.

At a brief status hearing this morning in U.S. District Court in Boston, Bulger’s attorney said he had received a “significant” amount of discovery, which he will review over the next two months.

“It was taller than I am,” Bulger’s attorney, J.W. Carney, said outside court. “I’ve been told I can expect more.”

After another status hearing was set for Nov. 21, family members of Bulger’s alleged victims left court hungry for answers.

“We’ve been waiting for 30 years,” said Thomas Donahue, whose father Michael was killed allegedly by Bulger. “It means everything to my family to get more information.”

“They have an obligation to let us all know the truth,” said Steven Davis, whose sister, Debra, was killed in 1981. “I want revenge. My sister should be here today. That guy had no right to take anyone’s life.”

Bulger is charged in connection with 19 murders in all. He was a fugitive for more than 16 years, until his capture with longtime girlfriend Catherine Greig in June in Santa Monica, Calif.

Bulger lawyers get more time to look at evidence
By Associated Press
Wednesday, September 14, 2011

BOSTON — Lawyers for former reputed crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger have been given more time to review a “massive” amount of evidence turned over by prosecutors.

Bulger’s lawyers said Wednesday the government has given them a huge pile of documents and other materials that may be used during Bulger’s trial. The former leader of the Winter Hill Gang is charged in connection with 19 murders. He was not in court.

Attorney J.W. Carney Jr. said the defense has begun to go through the discovery materials, but needs more time. Magistrate Judge Marianne Bowler scheduled a status conference for Nov. 21.


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