Broadside: Guide to Bulger prosecution, defense

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June 4, 2013, 7:49 pm
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(NECN) - The trial for James 'Whitey' Bulger could take four months, according to experts. Jury selection alone could take more than a week.

Ed Ryan, former president of the Massachusetts Bar Association, joined Jim Braude on Broadside to discuss the high-profile trial.

"Bulger's claim is he fed them disinformation," said Ryan of Bulger's defense. "In other words, he was given immunity to do whatever he wanted as long as he provided information. But 'I'm not an informant, because I was giving them disinformation.'"

This is not a common claim.

"In 99.5 percent of the cases, he'd be permitted to put on a defense," said Ryan. "There is no legal basis for the claim that one was given immunity to commit murder."

See the attached video for the complete interview.

Tags: Jim Braude, Broadside, Ed Ryan, Whitey Bulger, James Bulger, Bulger, Massachusetts Bar Association, James 'Whitey' Bulger
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