Lawyers for James "Whitey" Bulger said in closing statements today that prosecutors relied on a string of admitted murderers, bookies and dirty FBI agents in what was an "unholy alliance" to convicted Bulger of crimes that include 19 murders.
Brennan and his colleague J.W. Carney listed those witnesses against Bulger as John Martorano, who confessed to killing 20 people but served just 12 years; Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi, who was convicted of killing 10 people but has since confessed to 10 more slayings; Kevin Weeks who served five years for seven murders.
"They walked in the front door of this courthouse rather than being locked up like they should be,'' Carney told the jury. "The government paid for the testimony. They buy it and the witnesses sell it."
The defense cited two FBI agents who were Bulger's handlers, John Connolly, who is serving a 30-year prison sentence for his role in Bulger's crimes, and Connolly's supervisor John Morris. Morris cried on the stand and apologized for his role in the murder of two men.
"This is the same John Morris who drank so much he got the nickname Vino. The same John Morris who lied to his bosses, he lied to his colleagues, he lied to his wife. He is a habitual liar. John Morris is a criminal,'' Brennan told the jury.
"He was as, or more, corrupt than John Connolly. So he gets immunity, and you know what? He gets a pension that we are paying for because he's with them. He was a solider for the FBI,'' Brennan told the jury.
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