Bulger's Attorneys Clam Up During Sentencing Hearing

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Carney & Bassil's Hank Brennan
Carney & Bassil's Hank Brennan

“You’re a domestic terrorist fueled by greed and a sickening ego,” McGonagle said.

Bulger looked down and wrote on a pad of paper as the victims spoke. Two speakers called him out for that, including Patrick Callahan. His father, John, was a Miami gambling executive whose death Bulger ordered in 1982. “You won’t even turn around and look at us, you coward,” Callahan said.

Casper allowed two government forfeiture motions. One is for a $25.2 million based on testimony about money Bulger made from extortion, drugs and bookmaking. The other covers the assets seized upon his June 2011 arrest in Santa Monica, Calif., including nearly $822,000, numerous firearms and personal property including jewelry and electronics.

Bulger’s refusal to participate is unlikely to make a difference in sentencing or on appeal, said Allison Burroughs, a partner at Boston’s Nutter Mclennen & Fish and a former federal prosecutor who isn’t involved in the case. Although Bulger could potentially file an appeal, reversal of sentences that fall within the guideline range are unlikely, she said.

“I don't think it’ll make any difference at all in the sentencing, and if it does it’s so at the margins compared with what the sentence is likely to be,” Burroughs said.

Sheri Qualters can be contacted at squalters@alm.com.

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