BOSTON (AP) — James “Whitey” Bulger wants the $822,000 in cash seized from his apartment in Santa Monica, Calif., to go to relatives of victims who filed lawsuits.
A defense lawyer told Judge Denise Casper in Boston about Bulger’s request Friday, saying his client wants the money to go to families who had civil judgments overturned because the statute of limitations had expired.
Prosecutor Brian Kelly said it has always been the intention of the government to give Bulger’s seized assets to victims’ families, but he said he isn’t sure Bulger “can dictate which ones get” money.
The 83-year-old Bulger is on trial in a broad racketeering indictment that accuses him of participating in 19 murders in the 1970s and ’80s. He has pleaded not guilty and must soon say if it he will testify.