The name of Patrick Nee, a self-described former criminal who wrote a book on mob life, has repeatedly surfaced in the James “Whitey” Bulger trial as a person involved in drug and gun crimes, someone who helped bury a body and served as an accomplice to murder.
So why has Nee not been charged in those crimes? That question will be in the air this week as Bulger’s lawyers attempt to call Nee, once a well-known figure in Boston’s underworld, to testify in the ganster’s racketeering trial.
Nee has said through his lawyer that he will invoke his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, even though Bulger’s lawyers say they will ask questions that will not implicate him. US District Court Judge Denise J. Casper is considering how to handle him as a witness. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.