The case is going slowly. Very little excitement today. That should come tomorrow if Martorano comes in as is rumored.
It’s plodding through time where the prosecution is using two Massachusetts state police officers who achieved high rank and are experts in organized crime activities to lay a solid foundation for their case. Pretty ironic the federal prosecutors have to rely on the state police; it tells us a lot about who we can trust to do the job.
Lt. Bobby Long finished up this morning playing the videos that link Whitey and Stevie Flemmi together, an important part of the government’s case. Colonel Thomas Foley put Whitey and Stevie Flemmi in the leadership of the Winter Hill gang which “had a reputation for violence” and noted that was how it was able to charge rent get tribute from the bookies.
Then Wyshak went through the tedious process of showing pictures of all the weapons that had been seized from the little recreation room that sat at the rear of the home of Stevie Flemmi’s mother which had a common walkway with the home of Billy Bulger. I stopped counting how many guns were seized but they were at least 50 from several locations where they had been moved by Flemmi’s son after he learned Weeks had gone state’s evidence.
After the pictures were in Wyshak then brough in about a dozen of the actual weapons: machine guns and Smith and Wesson’s .38 caliber etc. He then had Colonel Foley tell of some that had the serial numbers erased. Both the possession of machine guns and having weapons with eradicated serial numbers are federal crimes with which Whitey is charged.
Hank Brennan on cross-examination has shown that no weapons were found in Jim Bulger’s house and Foley had problems with the FBI interfering with some investigations. He’s still has him under cross-examination.
These two high-ranking state police have done great damage to whatever hope Whitey had. They have shown he was involved as a leader of a violent gang involved in extortion and murder, hung around with Mafia types and had more weapons than several Marine fire teams.