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Whitey Bulger Will Not Testify

An early Whitey Bulger mugshot

Today’s drama in the Boston courtroom where Whitey Bulger is being tried for racketeering and murder: The guy’s not going to testify. Federal Judge Denise J. Casper asked Bulger if he would be testifying in his defense. While Bulger was answering her, the son of one of Bulger’s alleged murder victims dramatically shouted “You’re a coward,” according to reporters in the trial. After the  ruckus quieted down, Bulger replied that he would not be testifying and that, in his opinion, the trial was a “sham.” Bulger was denied his wish to include testimony claiming he received immunity from a now-deceased federal prosecutor. feature story James ‘Whitey’ Bulger

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