Whitey Bulger Has His First Day In Court

Whitey Bulger’s arrest has been the “talk of the town” for the past couple of days, especially given the fact that he was apparently living in the same apartment in Santa Monica, CA for 16 years…

Now he has had his first day in court:

Mr. Bulger, 81, sat quietly through most of the brief proceedings at the heavily guarded federal courthouse, he showed some of his old fire when Magistrate Judge Marianne B. Bowler asked if he could afford a lawyer.

“I could if you gave me my money back,” Mr. Bulger said, prompting titters and gasps in the courtroom. He was apparently referring to the more than $800,000 in cash that was found in the apartment in Santa Monica, Calif., where Mr. Bulger and his girlfriend, Catherine Greig, had been living under assumed names since at least 1996.

Although Ms. Greig, 60, accompanied him on the cross-country flight home, they made separate appearances in the courtroom, their days together over. She is charged with harboring a fugitive; Mr. Bulger is charged with 19 murders, as well as extortion, money laundering and other crimes.

What happens next for Bulger? There’s plenty of talk about how his “capture could cause a world of trouble inside the FBI.”

The ruthless Boston crime boss who spent 16 years on the lam is said to have boasted that he corrupted six FBI agents and more than 20 police officers. If he decides to talk, some of them could rue the day he was caught.

I haven’t seen anything more on Bulger’s health. If his memory is in tact and he talks, things could get very interesting. Stay tuned…

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