From our Walt Whitman desk
The Boston Herald is still pounding away at Gov. Deval Patrick (D-Elsewhere) over the Massachusetts welfare rumpus, but the feisty local tabloid has its eye on bigger game next week when the trial of James “Whitey” Bulger begins in earnest.
Here’s the preview the Herald ran in today’s edition:
And here are some of the details:
It’s all fabulously overdone:
Look for Howie Carr, who vowed to watch Whitey every step of the way through judgment day, on the video reports.
No deadly detail is too small, so Herald reporters will be tweeting live . . .
[Reporter Laurel Sweet will] be close enough to look into Whitey’s eyes as loved ones of his 19 alleged murder victims take the stand. She’ll also be able to read jurors’ reactions to the gruesome evidence and chilling testimony.
Crosstown, there’s no word yet from the Boston Globe on who’ll be close enough to look into Whitey’s eyes, but today’s edition does feature this:
Globe’s Cullen, Murphy may testify in Bulger trial
Lawyers for James “Whitey” Bulger, who has bragged about strafing The Boston Globe offices with gunfire during the busing crisis of the 1970s, may call two of the newspaper’s journalists as defense witnesses at his upcoming trial.
His legal team filed a list of 78 potential witnesses Thursday, including Globe columnist Kevin Cullen and reporter Shelley Murphy.
Both have covered Bulger for decades and earlier this year published a book detailing his rise to power in Boston’s underworld and his capture in 2011 in Santa Monica, Calif., after 16 years on the run as one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives . . .
Other journalists on the potential witness list include former Globe reporters Gerard O’Neill and Dick Lehr, as well as Boston Herald columnist Howie Carr.
Then again, there’s always tomorrow.