The day ended with the prosecution telling the judge their case will finally end tomorrow with two witnesses. The judge then had another side bar which was held outside the hearing and view of the all.
The rest of the day finished up with Kevin O’Neill, one of the Triple O’s owners. He spoke about the extortion of Ray Slinger at his bar which was conducted by Whitey and how the two times Ray visited Whitey he’d go up stairs to talk to him and he’d come down the stairs and he appeared shaken.
Whitey made O’Neill go and pick up the money from Ray. O’Neill said he complained to Whitey about it saying that using his joint for that stuff could cost him his liquor license. Whitey said something back to him to the effect stop worrying about your license and worry about your life.
Next witness was Richard Buccheri who presents pretty well on direct examination as a father, grand father, and even great grand father who is in the construction business. He answered the questions in a forthright manner and told about the truly horrible incident where he is taken to the cabana behind Flemmi’s mother’s house by Flemm in order to have a meeting with Whitey.
Whitey is sitting there with a shotgun and complains that he insulted his surrogate son Kevin Weeks. He told him with the shotgun in his mouth that he had to pay for the insult – it would cost him $200,000. Then when he agreed Whitey said he was a stand up guy or something like that but then put a .45 caliber pistol to his head and said if he didn’t pay it he’d kill him and his family.
He then went to Quincy with Flemmi – he told him he didn’t have $200,000 in cash but would give him a check for $200,000. They would pretend it related to a real estate transaction.
Just when I thought that here’s another business man like Solimando who was picked out of the blue to be extorted, cross-examination started. It turns out Buccheri is a life long friend of John and Jimmy Martorano. Not only that he had calls from John when he was on the lam and visited with him in Florida. He also visited Jimmy when he was in prison.
When asked what he thought they did for a living he said he never asked. When asked why he thought Jimmy was in prison he said he never inquired. When asked why he thought John had gone to Florida he had no idea. As far as he knew it could very well be for long visit to Disneyland. He read about John in the newspapers but didn’t read enough to come to a conclusion about what he did.
When he was pressed he reacted like some of the gangsters who testified. He got angry and started to ask questions back at the defense counsel. It’s funny how something looks one way until you see it from another point of view and you get the exact opposite feeling.
The best news of the day was that Flemmi is finally gone. I have the feeling that Wyshak won’t be trying to spring him out of prison before his demise because Carney and Brennan raised the issue. That made me feel a little better.
The overall effect of the day was to show Flemmi had a great incentive to lie and that he has lied in the past; that Whitey is indeed a violent and vicious criminal who threatened people lives and was a man to be feared. O’Neill who came across as a reluctant government witness just added to what we’ve heard from all the other second level gangsters from Southie that Whitey was one to be feared and respected.
After the jury left for the day, the judge got into the issue of going through the defendant’s witness list. She seemed to have gone down the list and for every one she excluded she left another one in.
FBI agent Fitzpatrick should be interesting as should Murderman when he’s brought back for one or two questions. Hearing from Marion Hussey will be informative but I’m not sure she’s been cleared yet. Wisely attorney Kevin Curry was withdrawn from the defendant’s list.
I made a prediction this morning about who would be given the OK and who would not; I was right on Kelly and Albano; wrong on the 4 FBI agents because even the judge is buying into the idea the informant issue is something that should be inflicted on the jurors.
Finally I should mention that during today Billy Bulger’s name came into play on three occasions: on redirect when Wyshak asked Flemmi about him coming into Flemmi’s mother’s house when he was meeting with agents for dinner; during O’Neill’s testimony when he said he was wrongfully accused as having been involved in a murder and paying off witnesses. The case was nolle prossed and his lawyer was Billy; and finally during Bucchieri’s testimony when he said he did some work on Billy’s house, his outside steps and something inside. He said Flemmi paid for it. Interesting that Buccieri got paid for his work.
I want to see how the press plays up the mention of his name.
All in all I’d say we treaded water today. We just moved along with the current that is taking us ever more slowly up to the day of the guilty finding. Some interesting things to come which will all be overshadowed by Whitey’s testimony. That’ll make all of this worth while. Thanks for tuning in.