Prosecutors rest their case against James Bulger; defence set to begin Monday

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 Prosecutors have rested their case against reputed Boston gangster James (Whitey) Bulger in a broad racketeering indictment charging him with participating in 19 killings.

The government wrapped up its case Friday after the jury heard from an FBI agent who described Bulger’s 2011 capture in Santa Monica, Calif.

Bulger, whose father was born in Harbour Grace, is the reputed boss of the mostly Irish-American Winter Hill Gang. He was one of the nation’s most-wanted fugitives after fleeing Boston in late 1994. The Winter Hill saga inspired the 2006 Martin Scorsese film “The Departed.”

Judge Denise Casper sent the jury home for the day after prosecutors rested. She told the jurors that the defence — if it chooses to present a case — will begin calling witnesses Monday. Bulger’s lawyers say they plan to call up to 16 witnesses.

Organizations: Whitey, FBI

Geographic location: Boston, Harbour Grace, Winter Hill

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