After filing an appeal for his racketeering convictions and life sentence, James (Whitey) Bulger was quickly turned away by the U.S. Supreme Court. No comments were made by the judges on Monday’s decision.
At 87 years of age, Bulger had been a fugitive for 17 years, up until his 2011 arrest. In 2013, the Boston gangster was convicted for 11 murders and additional crimes. It was argued by Bulger that a deceased federal prosecutor granted him immunity from prosecution. The Judge stated that there wasn’t any hard evidence to prove that the agreement ever existed. He went on to contend that feds did not disclose the rewards, promises, and inducements that were made to a hitman, John Martorano, who testified against James Bulger.
The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Bulger’s convictions in March 2013. It was determined by a three-judge panel that nothing was shown by Bulger, which would show that there was a violation to his right of having a fair trial. This claim followed Bulger being barred from testifying and being granted immunity. When requested for a comment, Hank Brennan, Bulger’s lawyer did not immediately respond. The U.S. Supreme Court’s clerk submitted a letter to the 1st Circuit, which stated that Bulger’s lawyers had a request formally filed on August 11th with the court. A response by Federal prosecutors must be filed by September 12th for Bulger’s request. There was no immediate response to the comment by Carmen Ortiz, U.S. Attorney.
Now 87, Bulger once led one of the most notorious gangs during the 1970s to the early 1990s. In 1994, Bulger fled, after being tipped by an FBI agent about him being indicted. From then on, Bulger remained a fugitive. In 2011, he was captured while in Santa Monica, California. Currently, Bulger serves a life sentence.
In 2015, there was a film released, titled “Black Mass”. The autobiographical film on the life of James (Whitey) Bulger, which starred Johnny Depp playing the role of Bulger. Although the film may immortalize the life of Whitey, there is little to no chance that the mobster will ever win an appeal.