James ‘Whitey’ Bulger, prosecution witness Kevin Weeks go toe-to-toe in heated courtroom exchange
Near the end of a dramatic day of testimony in the racketeering trial of James “Whitey” Bulger, key prosecution witness Kevin Weeks and Bulger shared a heated exchange of words. Bulger’s attorney J.W. Carney Jr. questioned Weeks about the deal he made with prosecutors, in which he received a six-year sentence in exchange for testifying against Bulger.
The outburst between the gangster and his former protege was the second time Bulger has lost his temper during the trial.
A transcript of the exchange follows:
Carney: “You won against the system?”
Weeks: “What did I win? What did I win?”
Carney: “You won five years.”
Weeks: “Five people are dead, five people are dead.”
Carney: “Does that bother you at all?”
Weeks: “Yeah it bothers me.”
Carney: “How does it bother you?”
Weeks: “Because we killed people that were rats and I had the two biggest rats right next to me. That’s why it ...”
Bulger: “You suck.”
Weeks: “[Expletive] you, okay.”
Bulger: “[Expletive] you, too”
Weeks: “What do you want to do?
Judge Denise J. Casper: “Hey. Mr. Bulger. Mr. Bulger. Let your attorneys speak for you.
Mr. Weeks here’s how this works: You answer the questions, okay?
Mr. Carney, you can finish your questioning.”Milton Valencia can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @MiltonValencia. Anica Butler can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.