Whitey Bulger may have more cash hidden away, prosecutors suggest
More than $800,000 in cash was found in his Third Street apartment when he was captured by the FBI on Wednesday night.In court Friday in Boston, Bulger asked for a government-paid defense attorney, saying he didn't have the money to hire his own. Prosecutors scoffed at that notion.
“He was found with $800,000 in cash,’’ said Assistant U.S. Atty. Brian T. Kelly, according to the Boston Globe. “We think he has access to more.’’
The 81-year-old is allegedly responsible for numerous crimes, including 19 killings, and faces two separate federal indictments, one from 1995 and the other from 1999.
Bulger also has been charged in murder cases in Florida and Oklahoma. He does not face the death penalty in the federal cases, but district attorneys in both states said they would explore the option in their own cases.
Judge Marianne Bowler asked Bulger if he could afford a lawyer. "Well, I could, if you gave me my money back," he said, drawing laughter from spectators in the crowded courtroom.
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Photo: A courtroom sketch depicts James "Whitey" Bulger during his initial appearance Friday in a federal courtroom in Boston. Also depicted are his brother William Bulger, left, and Judge Marianne Bowler.
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