BOSTON (Reuters) – Thirteen people who recently underwent neurosurgery in Massachusetts and New Hampshire may have been exposed to a rare and fatal brain condition similar to “mad cow” disease in cattle because of a medical device used in both states, state officials said.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health said on Thursday that five patients treated at Cape Cod Hospital between June and August are at low risk of infection for the disease, called Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). On Wednesday, New Hampshire announced eight patients may have been exposed.
BOSTON (Reuters) – A third college friend of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was indicted on charges he lied to federal investigators, the U.S. Attorney General for Massachusetts said in a statement on Thursday.
Robel Phillipos, 19, was one of the three people who removed a backpack full of fireworks and a laptop from Tsarnaev’s dormitory room at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth days after the April 15 attack, and later lied about it, prosecutors claim.
BOSTON (Reuters) – Jurors weighing the fate of Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger on Thursday asked to see a German-made World War Two era submachine gun that prosecutors said was one of many used by Bulger’s Winter Hill crime gang.
Jurors went home without reaching a verdict, but the request to see the gun could indicate they are making progress deciding on the raft of murder, extortion and other charges against Bulger. The last of the 32 criminal counts he faces alleges the former crime boss was in possession of guns with obliterated serial numbers.
BOSTON (Reuters) – The judge in the trial of former Boston mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger, faced with a series of questions from jurors deliberating his fate, on Thursday told them they had a duty to try to reach a unanimous verdict on each of the dozens of murder and racketeering charges.
The jury in Boston federal court is weighing charges that could send the 83-year-old gangster to prison for the rest of his life. Bulger, nicknamed “Whitey” because of the shock of blonde hair he once had, pleaded not guilty to all charges, although his lawyers acknowledged he was a drug dealer, extortionist, loan shark and “organized criminal.”
BOSTON (Reuters) – The statute of limitations cannot erase any of the racketeering and murder charges faced by former Boston mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger, the U.S. judge overseeing his trial told the jury on Wednesday.
“The issue of statute of limitation should not concern you,” U.S. District Judge Denise Casper told the 12-member jury on its second day of deliberations over whether the 83-year-old defendant is guilty of 32 criminal counts that could send him to prison for the rest of his life.
BOSTON (Reuters) – Lawyers in the trial of former mobster James ‘Whitey’ Bulger on Monday will sum up eight weeks of testimony from former hitmen, FBI agents, smugglers and extortion victims about a string of murders blighting Boston’s past.
The closing arguments come after Bulger denounced his murder and racketeering trial as a sham on Friday and refused to testify in a case that captured national attention, recalling a bygone era when mobsters toting machineguns left a trail of unsolved killings as they fought for control of the criminal underworld.
BOSTON (Reuters) – FBI files about mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger were locked into a fireproof safe in the bureau’s Boston office to keep them from the prying eyes of corrupt agents who would leak them to criminals, a retired agent testified on Wednesday.
“I had (files) placed in a safe, I think it was even fireproof, in my office, and I could then lock the door of my office,” ex-agent Fred Davis told the jury. Lawyers defending Bulger in his murder and racketeering trial had called him to the stand to buttress its case that Boston’s FBI office was corrupt and mismanaged when it was investigating their client in the 1970s and 80s.
/WASHINGTON, July 30 (Reuters) – Delivering
her first speech as the top U.S. environmental steward, Gina
McCarthy on Tuesday pre-empted a frequent mantra of the agency’s
critics – that the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulations
disrupt the economy and cost jobs.
The benefits derived from rules to address climate change
and protect the environment far outweigh their costs, McCarthy
said. She was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 18 as EPA
BOSTON (Reuters) – Confessed killer Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi told the lawyer defending mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger on Thursday that spending life in prison in return for testifying against his former partner in crime is no picnic, at least not a very good picnic.
Flemmi, who is serving a life sentence for 10 murders he confessed to a decade ago, disputed Bulger’s attorneys’ assertion that he was housed in “The Club Med of Prisons.”
, July 24 (Reuters) – New England Patriots
Coach Bill Belichick said on Wednesday he was “shocked” when he
learned last month that player Aaron Hernandez was being
investigated for murder and noted the case revealed flaws with
the team’s screening system.
Hernandez was cut from the National Football League team on
June 26, shortly after police arrested him on charges that he
orchestrated the execution-style murder of a friend,
semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd.