Jury Deliberations Begin in Whitey Bulger Trial

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The jury will start its third day of deliberations on Thursday in the trial of James “Whitey” Bulger who faces 33 counts of racketeering.  The charges include committing or assisting 19 murders, money laundering, weapons charges, and extortion.  In order for a racketeering conviction to be made, the jury only needs to decide that he is guilty of two of the charges that happened within 10 years of each other.  Bulger’s charges focus on his time leading the South Boston Irish mob known as the Irish Hill Gang, which took place during the 1970s and ‘80s .

After several requests to clarify legal terminology like “aiding and abetting,” as well as the need for unanimous agreement on each charge the jury seems to be making progress on their decisions.  Judge Denise Casper urged the jury to not make findings on certain racketeering acts if they are unable to come to a unanimous decision.

[Huffington Post]

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