Some 225 people took part in the jury selection process Tuesday morning, with more pools to follow. There will be 12 jurors and six alternates for the Whitey Bulger trial.
The difficult process of jury selection for the Whitey Bulger trial began Tuesday, with 225 people showing up for potential roles in deciding the guilt or innocence of the reputed gangster.
Judge Denise Casper said a fair trial won’t depend on whether jurors have heard about Mr. Bulger in media reports about his alleged crimes or his arrest after years as a fugitive.
Rather, the US district judge said the vital issue will be the ability of jurors to set aside what they’ve heard or read and to focus impartially on the evidence and the law as presented in the Boston courtroom.
James “Whitey” Bulger is accused of 19 murders, extortion, and other crimes in the high-profile federal case. He earned a reputation in Boston as a powerful boss of organized crime, at a time when he was also serving in the controversial role of secret informant to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Details on all this and more will be explored in what’s expected to be a months-long trial – but it can go forward only after 12 jurors and six alternates are found.