Crime

Bulger Defense: FBI Ignored Criminal Activity

Claims witnesses against Whitey got special treatment from authorities

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James "Whitey" Bulger's former partner in crime returned to the stand Tuesday for a fifth day of testimony, with the defense detailing his role as an informant for the FBI as it continued trying to discredit him as a witness.

One of the prosecution's star witnesses, Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi has been undergoing a relentless cross-examination by Bulger's lawyer in the reputed gangster's racketeering trial.

Flemmi, 79, says he and Bulger were secret FBI informants for 15 years while they ran the Winter Hill Gang, the city's murderous Irish mob. On Wednesday, he showed diagrams that he drew for the FBI detailing places where the rival Mafia had gathered.