We’ve all come to know Cinco de Mayo which is a big Mexican holiday that celebrates the time the Mexicans defeated a French army near Puebla in 1862. Its roots are long forgotten yet the 5th of May is celebrated widely by Mexicans, Latinos and others throughout the world. It makes for a nice spring time holiday.
When I think of Cinco de Mayo I recall the story of the many Irish who left Ireland during the great famine years 1845 to 1852. Well over a million left their native land and spread out through the world with many settling not only in North America, just in tie to take part in the War Between The States, but in other parts of the Americas especially among the Spanish speaking populations. This was difficult for a people who had as a first tongue, Irish, and an imposed tongue, English, to familiarized themselves with a third language.
You must know that many Irish left their homeland and settled in the Americas. Take for example Che Guevara who is a descent of the Lynchs and Blakes of Galway. Then, of course, we all know of the famous St. Patricio Battalion who were Irishmen who fought for Mexico against the United States.
I bring up the Irish in connection with Cinco de Mayo because they had the reputation among their Latino friends of really throwing all discretion to the wind and imbibing heavily on that day. Driven by impulses the Mexicans could not fathom they sought to out-drink everyone present on this one day. When inquired of, they explained celebrating victory in battle, as the Mexicans had in 1862, was always a great pleasures of the Irish.
As you’d expect after such a frenzy celebration these Irish would wake up on the next day suffering mightily. The heat, light and noise were particularly egregious. Not knowing how long they had been away from consciousness they’d ask what day it was. The reply came, “Seis de Mayo.” They interpreted that as the Mexicans telling them it was their day to suffer or their day of reckoning for their rash conduct the day before.
Thus it was that Seis de Mayo became an expresssion among the Irish living in the Spanish speaking countries for a day of reckoning. Prior to any big battle the expression tomorrow is “Seis de Mayo” became commonplace. (Some have misunderstood the expression as Irish words involving County Mayo in Ireland.)
Now I don’t know much about Judge Casper, as I’ve previously explained. But she seems like a bright woman who would have a grasp of history. So I have to wonder whether it is merely a coincidence that she has set today, Seis de Mayo, as the day of reckoning for Whitey Bulger.
Today is the date when he has to put up or shut up. The trial is set to begin in a month. Whitey has been doing all in his power with the help of his legal team Carney & Brennan (C&B) to postpone his trial. C&B have done marvelous legal maneuverings to push the trial into June.
When C&B’s hand was called by Judge Casper in her recent decision we saw she had pocketed the immunity issue, It was off the table and couldn’t be used to bring about a delay by demanding that more discovery was needed to prove it. Unless they do something, it is a mad rush toward the beginning of the trial which will start shortly after the Big Apple Circus leaves town.
C&B seemed to have put all its eggs into one basket with the immunity defense relinquishing the right to file any substantive motions that would require a hearing that would cause a delay. So pretty much nothing stands between Whitey and his trial except for the bone Judge Casper threw C&B in her memorandum, which is that he can claim the defenses of “public authority” or “entrapment by estoppel” If C&B assert either or both of these there will be a hearing on them.
This will require that Whitey take the stand since he is the only person alive who can testify as to the agreement he had with Assistant US attorney Jeremiah O’Sullivan. He has until midnight today, May 6, to decide whether he will pick up the bone and chew on it.
It’s a hard decision to make because to call the judge he pretty much has to go all in. That means Whitey on the stand and the prosecutors Wyshak and Kelly sitting at counsel table with sharpened knives ready to carve him up into tiny bits. It also means settling once and for all on the terms of the agreement with O’Sullivan.
Overriding all of this is that they know Whitey won’t be believed and the judge will rule against them. But since they are going to lose when the jury comes in with a verdict and their goal is to delay and not to win it may be worth making the claim to push off the trial date.
I’d say it’s now or never, or as I said the day of reckoning, but knowing C&B I may be wrong. They might have some other ways to delay the date but I’m at a loss to figure out how they will do it in light of their prior commitments. We’ll know before the cock crows.