Judge tells Bulger jury to reach agreement on all charges

jury box jurors court
Jurors in James “Whitey” Bulger’s trial have been deliberating all this week.
Credit: Nicolaus Czarnecki/Metro

The jury deciding the fate of alleged mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger was told that they must try to come to an agreement on all of the charges facing the 83-year-old gangster. 

Before they started deliberating on Thursday for a third day, Judge Denise Capser gave the jurors an additional answer to a question they asked on Wednesday.

Among many other charges, Bulger faces two racketeering counts. The second count consists of 33 acts, which include the 19 murders, extortions and other crimes. The jury only has to find that the government proved just two of those 33 acts to convict Bulger of the racketeering count. Those two acts must also have occurred within a 10-year period.

The jury asked Wednesday for Casper to clarify if finding the government proved or not proved acts had to be unanimous. Casper told them it did.

But on Thursday morning, Assistant U.S. Attorney Zach Hafer told Casper prosecutors were concerned that jurors may find Bulger guilty of two of the acts and skip the remaining ones.

Casper drew up wording that satisfied both prosecutors and Bulger’s defense team and orally told the jurors what they should consider.

“I remind you … that you have a duty to attempt to reach agreement on each of the counts and each of the racketeering acts if you can do so conscientiously,” she said.

They jury was still out as of noon Thursday. As of then, jurors had deliberated for 16 hours over three days.

When there is a verdict, Metro will alert you on Twitter and have live updates from the courthouse.

Follow Michael Naughton on Twitter @metrobosmike.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
International

South Korea ferry disaster: captain's actions 'tantamount to…

The captain and some crew members of the sunken South Korean passenger ferry Sewol have been accused of 'murderous acts' by their own president, after…

News

Easter Egg hunt horror as skydiver plummets to…

A FAMILY Easter egg hunt ended in horror when a skydiver plummeted to his death in a New York garden after his parachute failed to…

News

Boston Marathon 2014 on high alert, Red Sox…

One year on from the horrific Boston Marathon bombings a ring of steel has been thrown around today's race, and a city stands defiant against…

News

Boston Strong: One year on from Boston Marathon…

  For more than a century the Boston Marathon has been an even centred around sportsmanship, endurance and athleticism, but there's no denying the face…

Television

‘Mad Men’ recap: Season 7, Episode 2, ‘A…

Peggy and Lou are horrible, Bert's racist, Don is honest(ish) and Roger and Pete are frustrated. "A Day's Work" not quite worthy of "This Will Be Our Year."

Television

'Game of Thrones' recap: Season 4, Episode 3,…

The problem with the devil you know is that ignoring them doesn’t mean they simply lie in wait. It allows them time to do things…

Television

Discovery cancels 'Everest Jump Live' special in wake…

The Discovery Channel has indicated it will not be moving forward with "Everest Jump Live," a planned special about mountain climber Joby Ogwyn's effort to…

The Word

'X-Men' director Bryan Singer drama continues

  News broke late last week that "X-Men" and "The Usual Suspects" director Bryan Singer is being sued by a man who said Singer molested…

NHL

Rangers let chance at victory slip away in…

All the Rangers had to do was hold serve in a raucous Madison Square Garden — roaring in anticipation of putting a hated rival in a 2-0 series hole.

MLB

Yankees place Ivan Nova on DL with partially…

Yankees starter Ivan Nova was diagnosed with a partially torn UCL in his throwing elbow Sunday.

NHL

Rangers never thought opening round would be 'an…

You might have thought the Metropolitan Division semifinal series was going to be a rout after watching Game 1 Thursday night. The Rangers did not.

NHL

Rangers blow two-goal lead in Game 2 loss…

The Rangers got out to an early 2-0 lead in Game 2 and the Garden was rocking. But it went downhill quickly from there.

Travel

Packing: The one thing you need in your…

A new survey that looks at the travel habits of 50,000 people around the world has revealed that Western and Asian globetrotters have different priorities…

Home

Is your chair making it hard to talk?

Ever wished there was an office chair that could make impromptu meetings and discussions more private? The Cristiana Wing Chair is an asymmetrical armchair which…

Travel

Live large at these luxury hotels

From Thai boxing lessons and macabre Dracula tours to the Australian Outback, the Four Seasons hotel chain launched a series of new travel packages this…

Parenting

4 things that every summer camp should have

Alan Saltz, director of the 92nd street Y program lists things that every summer camp should have.