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Bulger offers $822,000 to relatives of two murder victims

Posted at 10:46 AM, Aug 02, 2013

From Kristina Sgueglia,CNN

BOSTON (CNN) — Defense attorneys said Friday that James “Whitey” Bulger is prepared to forfeit the assets found in his Santa Monica, California, apartment to the families of two men he is accused of murdering.

Nearly $822,000 was found in the alleged Boston Irish mob boss’s possession when he was arrested in 2011.

“My client is prepared to have all the money forfeited to the victims’ family that prevailed at trial first, but had it reversed because of … a highly technical (court) process,” J.W. Carney said Friday.

The families would get the money only if Bulger is convicted.

The families of alleged victims Michael Donahue and Brian Halloran won a judgment in 2009, but an appeals court tossed it because the suit was filed too late.

The Donahue family has been in court virtually every day of trial.

In a 32-count indictment, prosecutors accuse Bulger of participating in 19 murders, racketeering, money laundering and extortion during some two decades.