Bulger trial jury selection taking longer than scheduled

Whitey Bulger
Whitey Bulger’s trial entered the jury selection phase this week.
Credit: File photo

Narrowing down a group of more than 700 people to 18 fair and impartial jurors to decide the fate of alleged mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger is taking longer than scheduled. 

The attempt to find the best jurors in the case have pushed back the start of the trial, and a new schedule was outlined Wednesday.

Both sides and the judge will review the jury questionnaires for the rest of this week. Jurors who are not excused because of the answers on their questionnaire will be called back for in-person interviews on Monday. Both prosecutors and Bulger’s lawyers will then on Tuesday be able to challenge a limited number of the qualified jurors who don’t fit into their strategies.

On Wednesday, prosecutors and Bulger’s lawyer should be able to give their opening statements. Opening statements were originally scheduled for Monday, but Judge Denise Casper gave both sides more time to review jury questionnaires.

Hundreds more potential jurors filed into the federal courthouse in South Boston on Wednesday and were again introduced to the case. Casper gave the same instructions as she did to other jury groups on Tuesday, and again Bulger was introduced by his lawyer.

“Good morning,” Bulger said while standing before the group and nodding. He added another “good morning” before sitting down again.

Bulger wore the same outfit Wednesday as he did Tuesday: a dark long-sleeve T-shirt tucked into jeans. He also wore a brown belt, white sneakers and glasses.

Also Wednesday, lawyers argued over some unresolved issues, including whether some reporters on Bulger’s witness list should be sequestered and if certain statements by federal prosecutors during other trials related to the Bulger case can be used in the upcoming trial.

Casper took the further arguments under advisement and did not indicate when she would rule on those matters.

The 83-year-old was arrested in Santa Monica, Calif., in 2011 after 16 years on the run. Bulger fled after corrupt FBI agent John Connolly tipped him off just before his indictment for various crimes including racketeering, extortion and 19 murders.

For updates throughout the Bulger trial follow Michael Naughton on Twitter @metrobosmike.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Florida man charged with murdering son to play…

A Florida man annoyed that his 16-month-old crying son was preventing him from playing video games suffocated the toddler, police said on Friday.

International

Powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico

A powerful earthquake struck Mexico Friday, shaking buildings and sending people running into the street, although there were no reports of major damage.

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…

Local

Oval oasis: Summer of fun kicks off this…

A bold partnership between the Fairmount Park Conservancy and the city's Parks and Recreation Department is kicking off this weekend with family activities re-activating this unused public space.

Entertainment

Whoopi Goldberg makes her debut as marijuana columnist

"It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said.

The Word

Kate Middleton made fun of Prince William's bald…

Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

The Word

Is Tom Cruise dating Laura Prepon?

"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise is said to be dating Laura Prepon, star of "Orange is the New Black."

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…

MLB

Jimmy Rollins is key to Phillies success

When John Kruk was asked about what the Phillies need to contend for a playoff berth, the ESPN analyst said Jimmy Rollins needs to play like a MVP again.

MLB

Ben Revere lifts Phillies to avoid sweep

Ben Revere came through with a two-out RBI single against Atlanta’s tough lefthander Alex Wood.

NBA

Season wrap: 76ers make the grade

The 76ers opened the 2013-14 season with a victory over the Miami Heat. The Sixers closed the season with a win at Miami.

NBA

Fantasy basketball: Finding next year's NBA studs

Before we put the 2013-14 fantasy basketball season to bed, it’s worth thinking about next year’s breakouts while they’re fresh in our mind.

Tech

VIDEO: 'Vein-scanning' may become the future of paying

Designed to make transactions quicker and easier, the technology works by scanning the unique vein patterns in each person's palm.

Tech

#FollowFriday: 10 of the smartest Twitter accounts

Spending lots of time on Twitter? You might as well learn something. Here are some of the smartest accounts to follow.

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.