Whitey Bulger jailhouse talk with brother recorded

Whitey Bulger
Whitey Bulger
Credit: Hand out

Alleged mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger told his brother that he paid federal agents for information, but never supplied it to authorities, which federal prosecutors said undermines his claim of immunity.

The words of Boston’s most notorious crime figures were revealed in a motion filed in court late yesterday by federal prosecutors who are seeking to challenge Bulger’s claim of immunity.

The filing contains a partial transcript of a jailhouse recording between Bulger and his brother.

Prosecutors seeking to have issue of Bulger’s claim that he has immunity resolved before going to trial in june.

In the filing, prosecutors said they want the issue resolved to avoid wasting resources and time of everyone during trial.

“If the defendant does have immunity, he is entitled not to be tried at all, and the potential jurors should not be made to sit through a three-month trial only to learn there is a legal impediment to the defendant’s prosecution,” prosecutors wrote in the filing.

Bulger’s lawyer, J. W. Carney, Jr., has said repeatedly that Bulger was given immunity by former US Attorney Jeremiah O’Sullivan and that Bulger will testify about that agreement during his trial. Other than the name of the person who promised immunity and a vague timeframe of the promise, Carney has not offered any other details about the alleged immunity agreement.

Prosecutors point to various reasons why Bulger wouldn’t have immunity, including testimony from FBI agents in previous cases and congressional testimony by O’Sullivan before he died during which he stated he never gave Bulger or his associate immunity.

Also in the filing, prosecutors point to a recorded PlymouthCounty jailhouse conversation from September in which Bulger was speaking to his brother Jack:

 

JAMES: I’m up to my f—— ears in it. But again, I mean, I was accused — I — I never, I didn’t know that f—— John Connolly wrote all those reports and the other guy — what they did is they wrote reports making themself look like Whitey told us what – I never told them a f—— thing.

JACK: Mmm.

JAMES: I bought f—— information, I didn’t sell it.

JACK: Mmm.

JAMES: I never game them f—— information. Nothin’. Nothin’.

 

Prosecutors said the conversation about Bulger paying for information rather than supplying it in return for immunity, as well as his flight from authorities, undermines his claim.

“Someone who thought he had immunity would not become a fugitive for 16 years, alter his physical appearance, assume numerous alternate identities, and stash over 20 weapons and approximately $800,000 in cash in a secret hide in his apartment,” prosecutors wrote in their filing.

Bulger was caught in 2011 in Santa   Monica, Calif., after 16 years on the run when Connolly tipped off his associates about the forthcoming indictments.

Michael Naughton

 


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
News

OMG! Exercise can make skin (and butt) look…

A moderate exercise regime can turn back time and actually reverse the skin's aging process, according to new research. The study showed that a minimum…

News

Mets mascot Mr. Met target of Bill Clinton…

Mets mascot Mr. Met has told how he ended up in the crosshairs of a Secret Service sniper rifle. The man behind the Mr. Met…

International

Jews in eastern Ukraine ordered to register, Kerry…

Secretary of State John Kerry condemned reports that Jews in eastern Ukraine had been ordered to register with the authorities "or suffer the consequences."

National

Chelsea Clinton pregnant with first child

Chelsea Clinton is pregnant with her first child.

Television

'Scandal' recap: Season 3, Episode 18, 'The Price…

Sally is Jesus, Olivia caused global warming, and Mellie's still drunk. Let's recap the Scandal finale. A church full of Washington insiders is about to…

Movies

Review: 'Transcendence' is not stupid but sometimes lacks…

The cyberthriller "Transcendence" explores artificial intelligence, nanotechnology and other ethical quandaries, but has too much ambition, if anything.

Television

Dick Wolf to bring fictionalized world of 'Law…

A&E has ordered a pilot called "D.O.A." from "Law and Order" mastermind Dick Wolf that will focus on real detectives reexamining cold cases. A trio…

Television

Shane West talks WGN America's 'Salem'

The actor on history lessons, a new network and showing his butt.

NHL

Rangers draw first blood against Flyers in Game…

Brad Richards and Derek Stepan scored power-play goals 47 seconds apart to lead the Rangers to a 4-1 win.

NBA

Carmelo Anthony agonizing over Knicks future as season…

There’s still the cloud hanging over the franchise’s head as to the pending free-agent status of All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony.

NFL

Jets host players with eye toward NFL Draft

The Jets hosted a number of NFL Draft hopefuls for workouts on Thursday, with an eye toward some under-the-radar players.

NFL

Chris Johnson: I wanted to go to 'a…

Now that Chris Johnson is a Jet, the team has to figure out if one of the most explosive players in the NFL over the last half decade has anything…

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.

Wellbeing

Why is dance cardio taking off in NYC?

Instructors at some of the city's hottest classes explain why.

Travel

Earth Day travel in the Florida Keys

See why this eco-friendly destination deserves your attention.

Tech

Sorry, Facebook — FarmVille goes mobile with 'Country…

Zynga has released a version of the hit "FarmVille" tailored for smartphones and tablets in the hope of reaping a bumper crop of players.