Judge denies Bulger request on informant's ID

To view this site, you need to have Flash Player 9.0.115 or later installed. Click here to get the latest Flash player.

April 29, 2013, 11:12 am
SHARE THIS POST
Print Article


BOSTON (AP) - A federal judge has denied a request by reputed gangster James "Whitey" Bulger to order prosecutors to reveal the identity of a confidential informant his lawyers believe could damage the credibility of a key witness against him.
    
Bulger's lawyers had hoped to use the informant to challenge the testimony of Kevin Weeks, a former Bulger associate who is expected to be a star prosecution witness against Bulger at his upcoming trial. Bulger is charged in connection with 19 killings.
    
Bulger's lawyers hoped the informant would undercut Weeks' previous testimony on money he, Bulger and several other men split from a winning lottery ticket in the 1990s.
    
On Monday, Judge Denise Casper found there is no "compelling scenario" that the informant's identity is "essential to a fair determination of the case."

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Tags: murder, judge, prosecutors, trial, argument, immunity, Denied, james whitey bulger
RELATED STORIES
COMMENTS
Cause of the fire is unknown; 60 apartments affected by the fire
12 people were hurt, 2 with serious injuries
Kevin Edson taken into custody near Boston Marathon finish line; backpack containing rice cooker found