Courtroom sketch depicts Steve Davis (right), brother of homicide victim Debra Davis, allegedly killed by James “Whitey” Bulger (centre) as Davis explodes in anger after Bulger’s former partner Stephen Flemmi (behind right) identified him as a drug user and informant. Photograph: AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins

Lawyers for Whitey Bulger, the Boston gangster, today begin the Herculean task of rebutting a mountain of evidence that shows he murdered 19 people an(...)

James “Whitey” Bulger holds John Martorano’s youngest son, John jnr, during his christening ceremony. Photograph: Reuters/US Attorney’s Office of Massachusetts

The second week of the trial of south Boston underworld boss Whitey Bulger began with the unnerving, dispassionate testimony of an admitted murderer o(...)

JW Carney, defense attorney for accused mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger, talks to reporters as he arrives at the US Federal Courthouse for the start of Bulger’s trial in Boston, Massachusetts. Photograph: Reuters

A day after the dramatic opening arguments in the epic trial of Irish-American underworld leader James “Whitey” Bulger, the legal proceedings settled (...)