Former FBI agent nervous on witness stand with Bulger glaring

June 27, 2013, 5:58 pm
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(NECN: Scot Yount, Boston) – It was a day of emotion in the murder and racketeering trial of reputed South Boston Crime Boss James "Whitey" Bulger.

On the stand was former FBI agent John Morris, who admitted taking bribes from Bulger in exchange for information or silence during the 1970s and 80s.
 
Bulger is accused of playing a role in 19 murders during that time, while allegedly running the Winter Hill Gang.
   
On the 12th day of trial, Bulger looked directly at Morris and apparently mouthed words to effect of "you are an (expletive) liar."
 
The comment was noted by prosecutor Brian Kelly who said "I know he spent his whole life trying to intimidate people in South Boston."  
 
The judge reprimanded Bulger and told him to let his lawyers do the talking.  Bulger replied "Yes, your honor."
 
Morris testified under direct questioning to taking money and gifts of fine wine from Bulger and his associate Stephen Flemmi.
 
He has testified in the case before, but not while Bulger was a mere 10 feet away.
 
At times, Morris was flustered and seemed very nervous when testifying that Bulger functioned as an FBI informant, especially with Bulger glaring at him.
 
Bulger has insisted in court documents and through his attorney that he was never an informant.
 
Under cross examination late in the day, Hank Brennan fired rapid questions at Morris, doing his best to paint Morris as a liar and therefore not credible as a witness.

Tags: FBI, John Morris, James Whitey Bulger, Scot Yount, testimony, Stephen Flemmi, Winter Hill Gang, fbi informant, fbi agent, Bulger trial
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