August 7th, 2012
02:33 AM ET

Lawyer: Bulger will take the stand during his trial

James "Whitey" Bulger, the reputed former Boston mob boss who was arrested last summer in California, will take the stand when his murder trial starts in March 2013, his lawyer said Monday.

Bulger faces 19 murder charges, as well as charges that include extortion, money-laundering and narcotics distribution.

"At this point in his life, his goal is to have the truth come out regarding how he was able to act with impunity for so long in the city of Boston," his lawyer Jay Carney told CNN affiliate WCVB.

The defense had initially moved to dismiss the case, saying that Bulger had been given immunity by federal agents working to infiltrate Irish and Italian mobs in Boston three decades ago.

Bulger's lawyers had repeatedly argued that the amount of evidence, some 300,000 documents and surveillance tapes, made the March trial date unrealistic. But Carney said Monday that the defense planned to take another tack.

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  1. HIDE BEHIND

    Very interesting method Boston Had to fight crime, pays some of the crooks to be crooks. and arrest the enemys of the crooks and their bosses, so that the crooks that were left were their crooks.
    Then they give their crooks immunity and say lets start all over again. and they go out and hire different crooks so they can arrest their old crooks.
    Its a lot like the drug game. let some little guys become big guys, and then when they get big enough to make big headlines arrest them.

    August 7, 2012 at 4:27 am | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Oooh, the old point the finger elsewhere game.
    I expected nothing less.

    August 7, 2012 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |