Reputed mobster James "Whitey" Bulger who's largely avoided even looking at witnesses testifying against him, today cursed at a retired FBI agent in the witness stand.
"You're a f***ing liar," Bulger allegedly muttered to John Morris, a bureau supervisor who'd previously admitted accepting bribes from the head of Boston's Winter Hill Gang.
The outburst caused commotion in Judge Denise Casper's federal courtroom. Assistant U.S. attorney Brian Kelly demanded that Bulger be admonished, the Boston Herald reported. Kelly said that Bulger might have gotten away with threatening teenagers in his prime, but he shouldn't be allowed to intimidate a witness.
Defense attorney J.W. Carney said he'd speak to his client to settle him down.
It's unclear how many people heard Bulger utter the expletive. Reporters in the courtroom tweeted that they only became aware that Bulger lashed out when Kelly complained to the judge, WGBH reported.
On Wednesday, Morris had been speaking about meeting Bulger and Bulger's associate Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi in the early 1970s. Morris recalled agent John Connolly asking for approval to recuit Bulger and Flemmi as informants.
Bulger denies that he was a government informant and claims that he paid off the FBI to get information. He's allegedly hated Morris since 1988, when he learned that the FBI agent told the Globe that the South Boston gangster was working with the bureau.
Bulger, 83, is accused of 19 murders and other crimes in a sweeping racketeering indictment that covers his years atop the Boston underworld. He has pleaded not guilty.