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3 Bulger jurors tell of emotional, complicated trial

In interviews with the Associated Press, three jurors from the Boston trial of mob boss James 'Whitey' Bulger tell about the jury's feelings of tension, boredom, and fear throughout a trial filled with vicious details of casual slayings.

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Janet Uhlar-Tinney, a juror in the federal trial of James 'Whitey' Bulger, discusses how the jury worked through their deliberations, during an interview at her home Wednesday, in Eastham, Mass. Bulger was convicted Monday in Boston on several counts of murder, racketeering and conspiracy.

Rodrique Ngowi/AP

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They started out as 18 strangers seated in a jury box, stunned they'd been chosen to decide a case the government waited nearly two decades to try while the suspect was on the lam.

Two months later, some were shaking as they stood in the jury box and heard their verdict read convicting Boston mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger in 11 slayings.

Three jurors in interviews with The Associated Press said the weeks from start to finish were a mix of tension, boredom, and fear.

 

The trial testimony ran through years of vicious slayings and casual brutality. It featured testimony from corrupt FBI agents, admitted murderers and the children they made fatherless. Fear among gun-owning jurors prompted some to make sure their weapons were loaded before bed.

In the end, the jury pored over every bit of evidence and made the only decision they could, said juror Janet Uhlar-Tinney.

"I'm at peace with it," she said.

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