Lawyers: Long Bulger deliberations don’t necessarily mean doubt

bulger whitey bulger boston
James “Whitey” Bulger seen in a state police surveillance image taken in 1980.
Credit: US Attorney’s office

A group of 12 men and women are spending this week sitting in a room in South Boston deciding if James “Whitey” Bulger should be found guilty of his alleged crimes.

The jury in the trial of the 83-year-old alleged mob boss, who is accused of instilling fear in the Southie neighborhood, finished its first day of deliberations Tuesday without reaching a verdict.

After spending more than five hours deliberating Tuesday, the jury will get back to work Wednesday morning.

Legal experts said that, generally, the longer a jury takes before reaching a verdict, the more favorable it becomes for the defense. However, the Bulger case is complicated and unique with its 32-count indictment.

“They have to stop and look at every single one of those alleged counts and review them so it could take some time,” said Brad Bailey, a former state and federal prosecutor who currently works as a criminal defense lawyer in Boston. “They also have a lot of exhibits to go over.”

More than 70 witnesses testified during more than seven weeks of the trial. Also, more than 800 exhibits were introduced as evidence.

If the jurors remain inside the jury room again on Wednesday, it might be that they are struggling with legal definitions rather than reasonable doubt.

“If the jury is out a long time, I don’t think it’s because they would be possessed with a great deal of reasonable doubt,” said Boston-area attorney William D. Kickham. “Some of these charges concerning racketeering and money laundering can be very complicated for a lay person to understand.”

Whenever the jury does finish with its deliberation, it will likely come back with guilty pleas, lawyers said.

Bailey said the government presented a compelling case and that he believes the evidence went more smoothly than even the prosecutors likely anticipated.

“It would certainly be a surprise if they came back with anything other than guilty verdicts,” said Bailey. “However, you never know, because all it takes is one juror out of 12 to hang up an entire case.”

Follow Michael Naughton on Twitter @metrobosmike.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

US military tried, but failed to rescue journalist…

The U.S. military earlier this year tried to rescue journalist James Foley and other American hostages held in Syria ,but failed to find the captives.

National

Fate of captured beluga whales in hands of…

A Georgia aquarium went to court on Wednesday seeking federal permission to bring 18 captured beluga whales to the United States from Russia.

Local

After Eric Garner death, religious leaders meet to…

Interfaith leaders convened with city officials to discuss what the community can do to help dial down heightened tensions after Eric Garner's death.

Local

'Suspicious' Hamilton Heights fire caused by power strip:…

An extension cord overload caused the deadly fire in Hamilton Heights late Monday that killed a 15-year-old girl and injured at least 12 others.

Television

'So You Think You Can Dance' recap: Season…

And then there were six. It was a big night on stage as the Top 6 got to dance with each other, All-star partners and perform a solo routine.

Going Out

5 things to do in NYC this weekend…

FILM Lebowski Fest Aug. 22-23, 8 p.m. Various locations, Manhattan $20-$30, www.lebowskifest.com The Dude abides — for 48 hours to celebrate the 1998 Coen brothers classic.…

Television

'Doctor Who' personality profile: the 4 Doctors

When the time comes for a new Doctor, there's always some anxiety over the big question: Who will he be? The series owes its longevity…

Television

Billy Crystal to commemorate late actor Robin Williams…

  Comedian Billy Crystal will pay tribute to late actor Robin Williams at television's Primetime Emmy Awards on Aug. 25, the show's organizers said on…

NFL

Giants expected to work Corey Washington into first-team…

The day of reckoning for the Giants' fringe players will fall upon them Friday night against the Jets.

NFL

Jalen Saunders still unsure what caused car accident…

Jets rookie wide receiver Jalen Saunders spoke to the media Wednesday for the first time since his car accident, but he didn't say a whole lot.

NFL

2014 Fantasy Football: Rankings, list of top NFL…

2014 Fantasy Football: Rankings, list of top NFL defense (DEF)

NFL

2014 Fantasy Football: Rankings, list of top NFL…

2014 Fantasy Football: Rankings, list of top NFL quarterbacks (QB)

Sex

Online dating for every generation

Frank Jackson and his mother Maggie are like lots of modern families: They have dinner together regularly, keep each other updated on their lives —…

Wellbeing

Going green could be the key to getting…

If we could just pursue the things that would actually make us happy, we could help the environment too, according to a New York researcher.…

Wellbeing

Metabolic syndrome could have a sugar link

Scientists in St. Louis may have found another culprit in metabolic syndrome, which can lead to heart disease and type 2 diabetes.  Uric acid is…

Wellbeing

Another way stress hurts your unborn baby

Mothers know to try staying calm during pregnancy, as stress has been linked to behavioral and developmental problems for their babies. But now, a new…