The Boston Globe is reporting on its website that its reporters can cover the trial of mobster James “Whitey” Bulger.
Judge rejects Bulger effort to ban Globe journalists
US District Court Judge Denise J. Casper ruled today that Boston Globe columnist Kevin Cullen and reporter Shelley Murphy can cover the trial of James “Whitey’’ Bulger, the South Boston gangster who was recorded on jailhouse tapes describing his disdain for the two journalists who have chronicled his career for decades . . .
Bulger’s defense team put Cullen and Murphy on their witness list, saying they might need to be called to impeach testimony from key prosecution witnesses. But federal prosecutors, citing comments Bulger made in the jail conversations, said he was motivated by his disdain towards Cullen and Murphy.
The feeling is, of course, mutual, as Cullen’s column in today’s dead-tree edition illustrates.
I believe Whitey Bulger is a deeply cynical and vicious criminal who made millions by killing and intimidating people while he was protected by a deeply corrupted FBI.
I believe he made millions from the drug trade, extorting money from drug dealers even as he and his apologists propagated the nonsense that he never was involved in drugs.
And etc. in much the same vein. Except all that’s, well, moot now.
But not yet for Boston Herald columnist Howie Carr, who’s also on Bulger’s witness list and has not been dismissed from it by today’s ruling. So Carr can continue to produce drive-bys like Wednesday’s piece:
First I tried to get a victim’s seat in the courtroom — no go.
Then I figured I’d just attend Whitey’s trial as a reporter — but Bulger put me on his witness list, although I am confident the judge will eventually decide to allow me to watch the trial, even if I do have to be a witness — a hostile witness, that is.
But given my dismal record in court, I don’t want to take any chances. So I filled out a jury questionnaire just in case that might get me inside.
And etc. – including most notably Question 39:
Based upon any … articles you have read, have you formed an opinion regarding James “Whitey” Bulger that would prevent you from being a fair and impartial juror in this case?
I think I read several hundred times in the Globe that, “Jimmy kept the drugs out of Southie.” Is that true?
The hardreading staff can’t really say, but maybe Kevin Cullen can.