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Juror calls Bulger trial “circus,” “sham”

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By: Melissa Randall

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James "Whitey" Bulger will be sentenced in Federal Court Thursday. On the first day of sentencing, Wednesday, the judge allowed all of the relatives of the mobsters victims to speak regardless of whether their case was proven at trial.

Several of the relatives demanded Bulger look them in the eye, but all were unsuccessful.

Outside the Boston court house juror number 12, Janet Uhlar, called the trial a "circus" and a "sham," saying she'd been writing to Bulger in jail to "get the truth," but would not say what, if anything, he told her.

"A jury does go back and fourth, you know, we do that, but since the trial I've discovered a lot more just on my own investigation an there's corruption here which is a threat to us jurisprudence," said Uhlar.

When asked by reporters what she would have done knowing what she does now she responded, "Would have voted, it would have just been a hung jury I suppose. Because I wished I had done that now. We were deceived."

Uhlar points to deals given to Bulger accomplices, like John Martorano, who admitted killing 20 people but who served only 12 years in Prison.

Bulger, now 84, was convicted in August in a string of murders in the 1970's and 80's.

Sentencing begins at 10 Thursday morning. He could receive two life prison terms plus 5 years.

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