Family Of Whitey Bulger Files Wrongful Death Action

The family of Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger have filed a wrongful death action against the federal Bureau of Prisons, alleging that he was “deliberately placed in harm’s way.” As I have written previously, Bulger’s murder would seem the result of either gross negligence or an intentional act by prison officials in allowing the attack on Bulger, 89. Perhaps a lawsuit will produce the full accounting that has yet to emerge from the prison.

Bulger happened killed in his cell (within 24 hours of his sudden transfer to Hazleton) without active surveillance. He died of blunt force trauma to the head. Two Massachusetts prisoners with ties to the mob are suspected. The family is suing for $200 million.

I have had clients at Hazelton and the prison has a dreadful reputation as overcrowded and badly operated. The Bureau of Prisons has been slow to respond to these longstanding complaints, including prior murders.

28 thoughts on “Family Of Whitey Bulger Files Wrongful Death Action”

  1. Hmmm. Can one of Hunter Biden’s partners sue???

    “In less than a year, Hunter Biden and Archer met with top Chinese officials in China, and partnered with the Thornton Group – a Massachusetts-based consultancy headed by James Bulger – nephew of famed mob hitman James “Whitey” Bulger .

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

  2. After Billy Bulger (Whiteys brother) left his possition as president of the Massachsetts senate, he got a really neat new job as president of the University of Massachusetts, for something like $300,000.00 a year. Great retirement job. And now they want to sue for wrongful death. The political greed in this state is never ending. In mass. a typical state employee gets a pension that is equal to 80% of their best 3 years averaged out. What’s 80% of $300,00.00? These liberal democrats are always thinking of the people.

  3. Legal query: in a wrongful death case shouldn’t the death in question be wrongful in the first place?

  4. While I don’t care about Whitey, I do care about the system. When we allow mob hits against people who should be dead we also end up with Epstein deaths, and there are a lot of people who would have seen the light of day if Epstein had stayed alive. In both incidents federal employees looked the other way at the least.

  5. The family should not have standing to sue. They deserve nothing. Put me on that jury.

    1. The victims of Whitey in his past crimes should be be able to sue the family of Whitey who are suing now for his death. What goes around comes around. We are not talking semen here.

    1. Anonymous – there is no way I sit on a jury and give the family of an 89 year old lifer with 0 income potential more than $1

        1. jamescfeldman – thanks, I had forgotten that scene. It is very well played. Personally, I think he could have gotten 3 million. 🙂

            1. jamescfeldman – the jury woman crying and the opposing attorney asking please made me think he could get 3

              1. Those are good points, Paul. But I think the screenwriter, Steve Zaillian, wrote the Jan Schlichtmann character (played by John Travolta) to be aggressive, but not overly so in the opening scene to show a stark contrast with his subsequent character change and development that follows in the story, where Jan “goes for broke” on the core case that is the subject of the movie. See this scene, where pride gets the better of him in his negotiation with Sydney Pollack’s character:

                  1. Yes. The opposing attorney played by Robert Duvall said it well in the movie in the scene where he is instructing students on the practice of law:

                    “The single greatest liability for a lawyer is pride. Pride… Pride has lost more cases than lousy evidence, idiot witnesses and a hanging judge put together. There is absolutely no place in a courtroom for pride.”

  6. If this isn’t frivolous, nay, attempted criminal fraud, may Americans sue the co-conspirators of the Obama Coup D’etat in America?

    Oh yeah, that could never happen.

    Mr. Deep Deep State, William Barr, is the Attorney General.

    “If you’ve got them by the balls, their hearts and minds will follow.”

    ― Theodore Roosevelt

  7. An 89 year old lifer making no money. How does the family see 100 mill in damages?

      1. Punitive damages… yeah, though we’re punishing the taxpayers for misconduct of at most a dozen people, probably fewer. But I’d expect something brown and organic to roll downhill in the way of criminal charges, fines, prison terms and/or dismissals.

        Someone died who wasn’t supposed to die. Bulger wasn’t sentenced to die, and a prison system that allows summary executions to occur has people on the wrong side of the bars.

      2. Anonymous – would you award punitive damages to the family of a known serial killer?

    1. the most famous snitch in American history, wheeled out into genpop. it was a certainty he would die.

      I think I could get plenty of retired guards who would testify to that. Seems like easily provable negligence and probably can find evidence of wanton, will ful misconduct, if you dig long enough– plenty of grist for the mill for punitives.

      sounds like a crazy case– unless you’re a lawyer I guess.

      Now think about this. Maybe he had secrets about the FBI left to spill? Or the BOP perhaps?

      Remember this truth: nobody likes a snitch

      1. Mr Kurtz – accidents happen. Remember, they kept putting Tommy Robinson in Muslim heavy prisons. He survived.

        It is the damages I am more concerned with. Statistically he is past his life expectancy, he is unemployable and unemployed. He has no worth. And I think they would laugh at punitive damages.

  8. Perhaps AG Barr can. while he’s investigating Jeffrey Epstein’s very suspicious death,spare a moment to ask the people defending the Bulger lawsuit to be as open and cooperative with the plaintiffs as possible when collecting evidence in the case. The Federal government has, over two centuries, defended too many cases of prima facie malfeasance.This shouldn’t be one of them.

  9. I think it was fairly obvious to most people that he was set up for a hit. I’m glad his family is suing. Too bad they can’t include Mueller as a defendant as well.

    1. Bulger deserved this and more, but the Bureau of Prisons had no right to (at the very least) allow this murder.

      Too many people will accept that Bulger deserved death and not think through the implications of federal officials being complicit in his murder.

      We accept too much incompetence (or worse) from federal employees (witness Epstein’s incarceration and Coney’s “public service”).

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