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Whitey Bulger’s brother expresses sympathy for victims

June 24, 2011 | 12:35 pm

Williambulger William Bulger was once one of Massachusetts' most powerful politicians. He is also the brother of former Boston mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger, who was arrested this week in Santa Monica after 16 years on the lam.

What the former state Senate president and, later, president of the University of Massachusetts knew about his brother's activities -- and whereabouts all these years -- has long been a matter of speculation and investigation. Public pressure eventually cost him his university job in 2003.

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Late Thursday, William Bulger issued his first statement the arrest of his brother, who authorities allege was involved in 21 murders and a host of other crimes.

"I wish to express my sympathy to all the families hurt by the calamitous circumstances of this case. As the judicial process takes its course, I shall make no further comment at this time. Along with everyone else involved, I look forward to a resolution of this matter.

"I do hope, in the meantime, that my family may be accorded a measure of privacy."


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Photo: William Bulger speaks to the board of trustees as he announces his resignation as president of the University of Massachusetts on Aug. 6, 2003. Credit: Associated Press