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US Supreme Court declines to hear ‘Whitey’ Bulger appeal

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James “Whitey” Bulger in 2011.

The US Supreme Court has declined to hear a interest of a scandalous Boston mafiosi James “Whitey” Bulger, who was convicted of participating in 11 murders during his power of apprehension in Boston’s underworld from a 1970s to a 1990s.

Without commenting, a probity on Monday enclosed Bulger’s box on a prolonged list of those that were denied certiorari, definition they will not be heard.


The news came as a service to Patricia Donahue, whose husband, Michael, was killed by Bulger in 1982.

“I am ecstatic,” Donahue said. “I can’t even tell we how good it feels only to know that it’s over.”

A sovereign jury convicted Bulger in Aug 2013 of participating in a murders, along with drug trafficking and other crimes. Bulger had formerly appealed to a First US Circuit Court of Appeals, that ruled in Mar that his hearing was fair.

Now 87, Bulger is jailed during a limit confidence jail during Sumterville, Fla., according to a US Bureau of Prisons.

US Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz, whose bureau cumulative Bulger’s conviction, also welcomed a high court’s decision.


“I am gratified by a Supreme Court’s preference to repudiate Mr. Bulger’s petition, and am relieved that we can finally put this matter to rest,” Ortiz pronounced in a statement. “I wish that a victims’ families and survivors of his heartless crimes feel a same way, given a prolonged highway to justice. Mr. Bulger’s lifetime of crime and deception is now a matter for a story books.”

Bulger’s counsel could not be reached for comment.

Bulger, a longtime FBI informant, fled Boston shortly before his Jan 1995 racketeering indictment. He eluded a worldwide manhunt, apropos one of a FBI’s 10 Most Wanted. He wasn’t held until Jun 2011, when he and his partner were found vital sensitively in Santa Monica, Calif.

In his appeal, Bulger had argued before a First Circuit that his hearing was a “sham,” claiming a decider disregarded his rights by refusing to let him tell jurors that a now-deceased sovereign prosecutor had betrothed him shield decades ago for all his crimes.

The probity ruled that Bulger unsuccessful to support his “rank assertions.”

Martin Finucane can be reached during martin.finucane@globe.com.


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