The wheels of justice grind slow, but they grind exceedingly fine:
Jurors in the trial of James “Whitey” Bulger, the onetime Boston gang boss, have found him guilty of racketeering and conspiracy.
Bulger, 83, wearing a gray long sleeve shirt, dark trousers and white sneakers, stood stoically and showed no reaction as the verdict was read.
Bulger was charged primarily with racketeering, a catchall offense that listed 33 criminal acts — among them, 19 murders that he allegedly helped orchestrate or carried out himself during the 1970s and ’80s while he led the Winter Hill Gang, Boston’s ruthless Irish mob.
Anyone with connections to Boston and New England probably already knows about Bulger and the long-running hunt to find him. Perhaps one of the happiest people today will be sardonic Boston radio talk-show personality Howie Carr, who’s been hounding Bulger for decades:
Before Bulger fled in 1994, Carr was such an implacable foe of the serial killing gangster that Whitey tried to kill him as he left his house in suburban Boston—an incident reported in 2006 on 60 Minutes. Whitey’s younger brother, Billy Bulger, then the president of the Massachusetts State Senate, publicly referred to Carr as “the savage.”
If you want to listen to Carr, here’s the way to do it online (3:00 to 7:00 PM Eastern time). Right now, as I write this, he’s talking about the Bulger verdict. I don’t generally listen to talk shows, but every now and then I tune into Carr because he’s often genuinely funny, very smart, and isn’t puffed up with his own importance and sanctimony like so many talk show hosts.