Jury in Bulger trial asks to examine machine-gun

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In this courtroom sketch, James (Whitey) Bulger (right) listens to his attorney, Hank Brennan, during closing arguments at U.S. District Court in Boston Monday.
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Jurors in the Boston racketeering trial of reputed crime boss James (Whitey) Bulger have been allowed to examine a machine-gun that was among a cache of weapons Bulger allegedly hid in South Boston.

The 9 mm German MP40 submachine gun is referred to in the final charge of a 32-count indictment against Bulger. In that count, he is charged with possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number.

The jury’s request came on the third day of deliberations. The gun was sent into the jury room.

The 83-year-old Bulger, whose father was born in Harbour Grace, is accused of playing a role in 19 killings during the 1970s and ’80s as leader of the mostly Irish-American Winter Hill Gang in South Boston. He was captured in California in 2011 after 16 years as one of the nation’s most wanted fugitives.

Organizations: Whitey

Geographic location: California, Boston, Harbour Grace South Boston

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