The murder trial against Irish mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger is set for this October but his defense lawyer wants to adjourn it until November 2013 in order to better prepare as reported by O'Ryan Johnson for the Boston Herald.
In response, federal prosecutors call the request a stall tactic as reported by Matt Stout for the Boston Herald:
"The families of nineteen murder victims as well as numerous other extortion victims have waited for almost seventeen years for justice because the defendant decided to remain a fugitive for sixteen years," prosecutors wrote. "Some of these victims have passed away while the defendant walked the beaches of Santa Monica."
Meanwhile, former Bulger enforcer and convicted murderer Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi apparently is eager to testify against his old boss according to one of Flemmi's sons as reported by The Boston Globe:
Billy St. Croix, one of Flemmi's sons, said this week that he has reignited a relationship with his father since Bulger's arrest. St. Croix said his father seems eager to take the stand, in what will perhaps be Boston's most notorious criminal trial. "It will be an interesting showdown," said St. Croix, 51, who said he left organized crime after learning the extent of his father's wrongdoing, including the killing of his sister. St. Croix said Flemmi told him he watched one night in 1985 in a house in South Boston as Bulger allegedly strangled St. Croix's older sister, Deborah Hussey, whom Flemmi had raised as his stepdaughter. Her death is one of the 19 murders Bulger is accused of participating in, according to a federal racketeering indictment that named him and other members of his Winter Hill Gang.