Debra J. Saunders

So under grant of immunity, Bulger testified that he had talked to Whitey while his brother was on the lam. Although a lawyer, Billy had not advised Whitey to turn himself in to authorities.

As Boston Herald columnist Howie Carr wrote in his book "The Brothers Bulger: How They Terrorized and Corrupted Boston for a Quarter Century," this story has few political heroes.

At one of Billy's famed St. Patrick's Day breakfasts, former GOP Gov. William Weld, a former Justice Department official, turned the Kingston Trio classic "Charley on the MTA" into a ditty about Whitey Bulger on the lam. It was Weld who gave Billy the UMass job.

Weld's predecessor, Michael Dukakis, awarded Billy Bulger's top aide with a judgeship. Bulger reportedly advised Bush pere in 2000, and this Bush Justice Department tried to block the release of FBI documents on Whitey.

But Romney was determined to get Bulger off the UMass payroll. Romney put out the word that he would name three Bulger critics -- including Howie Carr -- to open trustee seats. Bulger's first reaction, Carr wrote, was that Romany "wouldn't dare." But Romney did dare, and Billy Bulger resigned.


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