Not much going on. Solimando was pretty much put through his direct examination over again. It was shown maybe he was friendlier to Jimmy Martorano than he wanted to let on and maybe he knew Callahan was more involved with organized crime than he let on and that on a prior occasion he said something that contradicted what he said today. Brennan stayed away from the incident of Triple O’s which is the event that would most stand out in the juror’s mind about how Bulger kept pistol in his face and he’d ask that he move it away which he’d do and then put it back into his face.
I’ve said before this testimony really hurt because this guy was not one of the hoods. Why it is damaging is it goes along with what the other not so bad gangsters told wherein they testified that everybody feared Whitey and no one did business in South Boston without his permission. That’s the undertone that is growing slowly louder in the case that this guy Whitey was quite vicious in keeping control of things. It will follow from that in the minds of the jurors that he is very capable of committing the crimes he is accused of doing.
The prosecutors are weaving a web slowly around Whitey which like a spider is slowly encircling him. Carney and Brennan (C&B) , despite their valiant efforts can only do so much for they really are being buried under an avalanche of evidence. It is only though their brilliance that there are bits and pieces of doubt that remain that they can tempt one or two jurors with but if this keeps up even that will not be enough.
I mentioned the defenses Whitey might have at hand yesterday. Now I see even those slipping away from him and he might be coming down to one defense I failed to mention which I thought of last night. It is the Skippy Adamski defense. I used it when I was in the 7th grade at Boston Latin when I brought home my multicolored report card of black and red. In order to appease my parents I would suggest to them that although I had a lot of red failing marks, my report card was not as bad s Skippy Adamski’s. I could never figured out why that didn’t please them.
That’s about all C & B can realistically do. One of them will have to stand in front of the jury and say, “You think Whitey is bad, did you see how bad Murderman is? Or Flemmi?”
Look it’s not their fault that’s all they have left with doing, that’s the hand that was dealt to them. They’re playing seven card Texas Hold’em and are only being dealt one card and for all I know Whitey, who is really the guy in charge, won’t even let them see that card.
After Solimando stepped down Roger Wheeler’s daughter testified about her father who was killed in Tulsa. I felt bad for her since her father seemed like he was at the top of his game as a legitimate business man and then having his life snuffed out by these gangsters. She surprised me with her testimony that he was interested in selling the business but Dick Donovan, John Callahan’s buddy, could not come up with the money. This gives lie to what others have said that he refused to sell. I have to say to myself if the gangsters wanted his business why didn’t they just buy it. They certainly had plenty of cash around. Got to think that one through.
After she testified Donald Defago a former Customs Officer came in. He did little to advance the ball telling mostly of John McIntyre and really not connecting Whitey to him. But when you’re ahead 56 to 0, you can start bringing in guys that don’t necessary move the ball but look pretty. Carney cross-examined him and got as much out of him as he could. He tried to get into a history of the British unjust control over the six northern provinces of Ireland but the judge wasn’t interested in that.
Finally Joe Saccardo appeared to identify Deborah Hussey. I haven’t seem him for years and hardly recognized him. He plays into the Naimovich story.
That was it. Neither here nor there. You do get those moments in a trial.