Debra J. Saunders

In court, the show continues. Law enforcement looks lower than a snake under a rock in this saga. Testifying for the prosecution was Johnny "The Executioner" Martorano, who served a mere 12 years for 20 admitted murders.

Defense attorney J.W. Carney Jr. told jurors that his client made "millions and millions" as a crime boss but that Whitey had standards. He didn't rat on his crime brethren; he just paid off the feds. "James Bulger is of Irish descent," Carney expounded, "and the worst thing an Irish person could consider doing is becoming an informant."

The Bulgers made a career by playing on Billy's Irish charm and excusing Whitey's violence as if it's embedded in a fierce and defiant Irish code.

If the prosecution is right, James "Whitey" Bulger killed people for money. Not for Ireland. It's time for Boston to rage against the blarney defense, Don't convict me; I'm Irish.

Debra J. Saunders

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