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Lawyer Says Whitey Bulger A Scapegoat For Feds' Crimes

A trial that many feared would never take place opened in a packed federal courtroom Wednesday when a prosecutor gave a cold-blooded recitation of what he called decades of terror inflicted on the city by its most notorious crime boss, James "Whitey" Bulger.

In a chilling opening statement in a case that has transfixed much of New England, Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian Kelly described extortion victims chained to chairs, tortured, shot and buried in a cellar. He told jurors of strangled women and of teeth pulled to prevent identification of corpses.

He said Bulger and his gang shipped guns to Irish republicans and tons of cocaine and marijuana to Boston. He accused...