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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Bulger Too Sick To Face Trial?

There are questions about the health of former Boston mobster James "Whitey" Bulger and whether it could affect the case against him.
NewsCenter 5's Michele McPhee reported that the 82-year-old Bulger is struggling with incontinence and visits the prison infirmary on a daily basis. Read More On 'Whitey' Bulger Case It is not clear whether Bulger's infirmary trips are a sign of a more serious illness. Some relatives of Bulger's alleged victims said they're worried that he may not live long enough to go on trial. No trial date has been set.Bulger, who was on the FBI's most wanted list for more than a decade, was arrested in Santa Monica, Calif., in June on a federal racketeering indictment charging him with the murders of 19 people. He has pleaded not guilty to 32 counts of racketeering, extortion, money laundering and weapons charges.Bulger is accused of running a criminal enterprise in South Boston from the 1970s until he fled the area in 1995 when he was warned of a pending federal indictment.The families of some of the victims that Bulger stands accused of murdering are worried that Bulger's medical issues will allow him to evade justice."My family is starving for closure," said Tom Donahue, who's father, Michael, was slain in 1982 while he was giving a friend a ride home.He said Bulger forever damaged his life."I was 8 years old when my father was snatched from me. My whole life I've been living with this. No rest. No closure. Constant down emotions," Donahue said.Bulger's lawyers have made no comment on his health.Bulger's girlfriend, Catherine Greig, was denied bail last month and is set to go to trial in April on charges she harbored a fugitive.


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