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Bulger attorney 'welcomes' possibility of Suffolk County trial

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BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) -- One of the attorneys who represented James "Whitey" Bulger in his federal racketeering trial tells FOX 25 he welcomes the possibility of a trial at the state level.

Suffolk County prosecutors have said they plan to meet with federal investigators to determine whether or not more charges, including murder, should be brought against the convicted mob boss and his associates.

Brennan told FOX 25's Gene Lavanchy this is the first he has heard of possible charges being filed against his client at the state level.

"This is the first time I heard that Suffolk County would consider charging him and I welcome it," Brennan said. "Dan Conley is the district attorney in Suffolk County and I've worked with him for some time and he is very honorable and he has no history to hide. I think if Dan Conley did an investigation he would charge every single person who had responsibility in any crime."

Brennan added that if his client were tried in Suffolk County, he believes there "wouldn't be any agenda to buy witnesses and buy testimony." During Bulger's federal trial, the defense repeatedly pointed out that former Bulger associates struck deals with the government in exchange for testimony.

Among the former associates accused of playing a role in several murders during the 83-year-old's racketeering trial was Patrick Nee. Nee has never faced trial for his alleged connection to the murders.

FOX 25 asked Jake Wark, press secretary for the Suffolk County District Attorney's office, about the possibility of charges being brought against Nee as a result of Bulger's trial.

"We're always looking for evidence that can help us investigate and prosecute Suffolk County homicides," Wark responded. "With the federal trial complete, our prosecutors will be meeting with the US Attorney's office in the weeks to come to determine what evidence, if any, exists for state-level prosecutions, and whether those cases are the subjects of agreements made by prior administrations."

Bulger was found guilty of nearly every count in his racketeering trial Monday. The second count of his indictment included several "racketeering acts" that jurors had to determine were either proved or not proved. Only two of those acts, which included his alleged connection to 19 murders, needed to be proved for Bulger to be found guilty of the second count. Bulger was found to have played a part in 11 of the 19 murders.

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