Gamesmanship in Information Control
The defense’s witness list includes Boston Globe reporters Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy, former Globe staffers Gerry O’Neill and Dick Lehrer, and Boston Herald columnist Howie Carr, all of whom have written books about Bulger. Bulger’s attorney, J.W. Carney, say the journalists have interviewed other potential witnesses likely to be called by the prosecution – and could challenge their accounts if they distort or exaggerate in an attempt to aide the government’s case.
If they stay on the witness list, though, the aforementioned journalists will be barred from sitting in the courtroom, and won’t be able to report on the trial. According to Murphy – who recently co-authored a book on the Bulger saga with Cullen – that’s what Bulger really wants.