Suffolk County prosecutors said Tuesday that as the federal trial of James “Whitey” Bulger is now over, they will meet with their federal counterparts to find out whether any charges, including murder, could be brought against Bulger and his associates at the state level.
Bulger was convicted of racketeering in federal court Monday in an extensive accusation which included 19 killings. He was found responsible for 11 of them, but he was never charged with murder in a Massachusetts court. Prosecutors will now look at whether there is any evidence to charge him or his accomplices.
One of his former associates, Patrick Nee, was named during the trial for helping him in several murders and allegedly helped bury and move bodies, but was never tried.
Hank Brennan, one of his lawyer said he will appeal Bulger’s verdict, based in large part on the refusal to let him present the immunity defense. Legal experts said the appeal, could be difficult to make and could take years.
Bulger, 83, is scheduled to be sentenced in November and still could face charges in Oklahoma and Florida for murders that occurred in those states.
One of the original investigators in the case against Bulger and Former State Police Colonel Thomas Foley said prosecutors in Bulger’s trial who were also the first to target the gangster, along with State Police and the DEA were required to focus on the case against the gangster and could not be distracted by the corruption.
However, Foley accepted that the trial showed the level of corruption that let Bulger carry out crimes for so long.