Margaret McLean

Contributor

As part of the ongoing WGBH News Focus coverage on the trial of James "Whitey" Bulger, guest commentator Margaret McLean, a former Assistant District Attorney and professor of Law at Boston College, will debrief with Morning Edition's Bob Seay each day at 7:35 a.m.

Local News
5:27 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

The Jury is Taking its Job Seriously

Expectations were high in the courtroom where the trial of James 'Whitey' Bulger is in its second day of jury deliberations. The appearance of US District Attorney Ortiz and several sidebar conversations with attorneys prompted a flurry of tweeted details from media covering the trial.

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Local News
12:34 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Time for the Defense: 14 Witnesses

Today the defense in the trial of James 'Whitey' Bulger begins, and they have begun with a request to sequester the jury during their deliberation, claiming unfair media coverage of the trial.  Fourteen witnesses will appear for the defense, including Marion Hussey, the wife of Bulger's partner Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi. Her testimony is expected to raise questions about Bulger's relationship with the FBI.  

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Local News
11:28 am
Wed July 24, 2013

The Star Witness: Stephen Flemmi

Long time partner and Winter Hill gang member Stephen Flemmi takes the stand, and will reveal a great number of details about Bulger's past, including who killed who, why, and where they buried bodies. 

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Local News
11:26 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Stephen Rakes found dead

Stephen Rakes, a witness in the James 'Whitey' Bulger trial, was found dead. His testimony would have been valuable, considering the previous testimonies as well as the prosecution's plan. 

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Local News
11:23 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Drugs, Murder, and more Witnesses

Several highly important witnesses are coming into the courtroom this afternoon, such as Pam Wheeler and David Lindholm, a large scale marijuana dealer extorted by Bulger. Also, Stephen Flemmi takes the stand-but will he too call Bulger a rat?

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Local News
11:21 am
Wed July 24, 2013

The Medical Examiner and the Girlfriend

The Medical Examiner examines the 19 dead bodies and discusses the cause of death, finding more than twenty bullets in two of the bodies. Patti Carlson, John Monterano's girlfriend, seemed to help the defense by painting Monterano in a bad light. Brian Halleron also takes the stand revealing that Bulger had a contact in a cemetery in Boston, which leaves us wondering-are there more bodies out there?

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Local News
9:02 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Defense Questions Flemmi: He Really Got to Him

James 'Whitey' Bulger's defense attorney Hank Brennan successfully irritated Stephen Flemmi, prompting outbursts in the courtroom and showing the jury Flemmi's awful flaws as he drew out the horrible details of the murder of Deborah Hussey. But is it enough to paint a horrible picture of Flemmi to give jurors a reasonable doubt about his testimony against Bulger? Gruesome details aside, it's unlikely this cross-examination will lead to doubt of the facts he has shared. 

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Local News
11:30 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Flemmi's Testimony and Cross Examination

Stephen Flemmi testifies to the brutal strangulation of his step-daughter, Deborah Hussey, while Hank Brennan delivers a stellar cross examination, portraying Stephen Flemmi as a heartless killer and pedophile. 

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THE BULGER TRIAL
10:44 am
Wed July 17, 2013

The Details Of Extortion In Bulger Testimony

Yesterday real estate developer Mike Salimondo told the courtroom about the guns pointed to his face and groin as James 'Whitey' Bulger and his right hand man Steve Flemmi demanded payment of more than $400,000 that his friend John Callahan had owed them—before they killed him. The government is showing the jury the brazen acts of Bulger and his gang as they anticipate gunman Flemmi to take the stand tomorrow.

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Local News
11:12 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Bulger and Flemmi Face Off This Week

After being denied any leniency from the judge last week on the early start time of the trial, the defense will be at it again this week cross examining a former FBI agent responsible for investigating the murder of businessman Roger Wheeler in Oklahoma, as well as Bulger's partner in crime, the Winter Hill Gang rifleman, Stephen Flemmi. Also, the graphic images from murder victims that were shown last week are expected to make a big impact on the jury.

Local News
11:17 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

J.W. Carney's Unusual Request for a Delay

 Audio FileListen in as Margaret McLean weighs in on the unusual request from J.W. Carney for a trial delay, as well as Carney's request for an exact list of upcoming witnesses from the prosecution. Also, hear the powerful effect the images of the deceased presented by the prosecution will have on Jurors.Edit | Remove

Local News
12:34 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Bulger: I'm Not an Informant

As we anticipate just two days of testimony this week in the James 'Whitey' Bulger case, expect defense attorney Hank Brennan to conduct further cross-examination of former FBI agent John Morris, and the Bulger audio we are hearing so much about will be introduced into court. These are phone call recordings from his time in prison and are meant to further illustrate the Defense's message that Bulger couldn't have been an informant.

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Local News
1:06 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Bulger Defense Calls Liar, Liar!

Former FBI agent John Morris is on the stand and prompting outbursts from James 'Whitey' Bulger as he testifies. Morris is the agent responsible for leaking the informant status of Bulger to the Boston Globe and will play a crucial role in the government's effort to piece together the top secret information he leaked that ties Bulger to murder.

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Local News
2:25 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Re-examining the Defense Strategy in the Bulger Case

A re-reading of the opening statement by Bulger's defense team reveals why they kept the DOJ's James Marra on the stand for such an extensive cross-examination: they will go to great lengths to show how the actions of corrupt agents affect the credibility of Bulger's informant file.

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Local News
12:59 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Agents on the Stand in the Bulger Trial

As promised, defense attorney Hank Brennan did his best to discredit the documentation showing James 'Whitey'Bulger as an informant. Today's trial will focus completely on the informant file. Former FBI agent John Morris, who admits to receiving bribes from Bulger, will take the stand and is expected to connect the dots for the jury to show Bulger's connection to some of the murders.

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Local News
1:29 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Bulger Defense: Are the Documents For Real?

With submission of an FBI informant file exceeding 700 pages, the government alleges Bulger ratted out numerous people—an accusation that got a strong response from Bulger in court yesterday. Hank Brennan is expected to continue the effort to discredit former FBI agent statements and even bring into question the reliability of the informant file created by an officer not on the case at the time.

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