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Prosecutors: Bulger's lawyers need to stop media grandstanding

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(MyFoxBoston.com) – Prosecutors in the case against James "Whitey" Bulger filed a motion Thursday to prevent the notorious mobster's lawyers from holding media press conferences following hearings and from making statements which might jade potential jurors or damage the government's reputation.

According to prosecutors, J.W. Carney and Bulger's other attorneys have violated previous legal precedents which bar defense counsel from attempting to bolster the credibility of his or her client by attacking the reputation of the government through statements to the press. The rule also prevents attorneys from using publicity as a litigation strategy.

The motion was filed in response to several incidents where Carney made baseless statements to the press, prosecutors said.

The most recent incident allegedly occurred Wednesday when attorney Henry Brennan left a status conference hearing and held a press conference in front of the federal courthouse.

According to court documents, Brennan said, "that he and Carney have sought transparency from day one, but almost all their requests have been objected to by the prosecution, and most of their requests for help from the judge have been denied…At every step, when we've tried to find information that would be helpful to elicit the truth, we've been stopped, we've been prevented, and we've been fought."

"We're going to continue throughout the litigation and throughout this trial to do everything we can to bring the information to the jury so the public and the jury and the families of the victims can hear the truth," Brennan concluded.

Prosecutors called Brennan's claims absurd and asked the judge prevent further media grandstanding.

Prosecutors said following a status hearing on July 17, 2012, Carney stood outside the federal courthouse and addressed the assembled media saying, "I've spent 34 years trying to upset judges by asking them to follow the law, and I'm not going to stop now."

And again on August 6, 2012, Carney allegedly addressed the press outside the courthouse and complained about the discovery process.

In addition to press statements, Carney touts on his website that he is an expert on "how to use enhanced media attention for the client's benefit" in high-profile cases.

Prosecutors ask the judge to bar the defense counsel from holding post-hearing press conferences and asks additional steps be taken to insure a fair trial.

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