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:

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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.”

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