Gangster James "Whitey" Bulger was scolded by the judge
presiding over his federal racketeering trial Thursday after he called a former
FBI agent testifying against him "an (expletive) liar" in a tone his jury could
Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian Kelly leaped to his feet during a regularly scheduled recess shortly afterward and demanded that Bulger be admonished for his comment about John Morris, a former FBI supervisory agent.
"He called Mr. Morris an effing liar," an agitated Kelly said. "I know Mr. Bulger has spent his life intimidating people, including 15 years old boys in South Boston...I respectfully ask the court to admonish Mr. Bulger."
Kelly said bulger should be told to keep "his little mouth shut."
U.S. District Judge Denise Casper then warned Bulger.
"You are well served by your lawyers," she told Bulger. "Let them speak for you."
One of Bulger's lawyers, J.W. Carney Jr., said he wold speak to the 83-year old gangster about the outburst.
I will speak with Mr. Bulger at the break and convey the sentiments that I am sure your honor would want him to hear," Carney said.
Morris,aformer FBI supervisor who admits taking money from James "Whitey" Bulger and letting slip information that resulted in the murder of a key government witness, began his testimony Thursday morning.
Morris has been reduced to sobs when called as a witness in related cases. He ran the bureau's organized crime squad in Boston in the late 1970s and early '80s, a position that gave him a firsthand look at what prosecutors now say was the corrosive effect Bulger and his partner Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi had on law enforcement.
Morris, granted immunity, has admitted taking thousands of dollars in cash from the two gangsters, in addition to what is referred to in prosecution documents as cases of "fine wine."
His top investigator at the bureau was former agent John Connolly, who claimed to be operating Bulger and Flemmi as informants. Connolly, accused of taking hundreds of thousands of dollars from Bulger and Flemmi, is serving a 40-year prison sentence for leaking them secret bureau information that they used to kill three potential witnesses against them.
Federal prosecutors have said that Morris inadvertently contributed to one of those deaths by sharing confidential information with Connolly.
Bulger and Flemmi referred to Morris as "vino" because of the wine they gave him. He also is accused of taking money from the two gangsters to buy his girlfriend, a bureau secretary, an airline ticket when he couldn't afford to have her join him at a training conference in Georgia.
He has acknowledged that he and other agents socialized with Bulger and Flemmi at private dinner parties, including one at Morris's suburban Lexington home. Morris served pasta after sending his wife and children to another part of the house.
Bulger reciprocated at his apartment in South Boston and his condominium in nearby Quincy. Flemmi hosted at the house he bought his mother in South Boston. She cooked and one of her neighbors -- Bulger's brother William, the former Massachusetts Senate President -- unexpectedly stopped for a visit.
Authorities later learned that Bulger's gang had hidden its machine guns and dozens of other weapons in a secret space hidden in a screened cabana behind
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