Legal expert Brad Bailey comments on jury's gun question
BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com/AP) – Jurors were not able to reach a verdict after a third day of deliberations in the trial of James "Whitey" Bulger.
After receiving an additional instruction and asking to see a machine gun with a filed-off serial number, jurors said they had yet to reach a verdict at about 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
Earlier in the day, prosecutor Zach Hafer asked Casper if she could confirm with the jury that they should consider each of the 33 acts that underpin a racketeering charge against Bulger. The 33 racketeering acts include the 19 killings Bulger is accused of playing a role in, plus extortions, money-laundering and narcotics distribution.
Casper told the jury that in order to find that a certain racketeering act has been proven or not proven by prosecutors, the jury must be unanimous. She said if they are unable to agree unanimously, they can move on to the next act. But she also said told them they "have a duty to attempt to reach agreement on each of the racketeering acts if you can do so conscientiously."
The added instruction appeared to be aimed at encouraging the jury to make findings on each of the murders. Relatives of the victims have sought justice for decades, and many of them have been in court for every day of the two-month trial.
Later Thursday, jurors asked to examine a machine gun that was among a cache of weapons Bulger allegedly hid in South Boston.
The 9 mm German MP40 submachine gun is the subject of the final charge of the indictment against Bulger. In that count, he is charged with possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number. The judge agreed to send the gun in to the jury room.
Bulger, 83, is accused of playing a role in 19 killings during the 1970s and '80s as leader of the Winter Hill Gang. He was captured in Santa Monica, Calif., in 2011 after 16 years as one of the nation's most wanted fugitives.
Jurors have been deliberating for 20-and-a-half hours.