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Mob Boss Whitey Bulger

Chained and Shackled

6/30/2011 3:08 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Flanked by an armed military escort ... and with his hands and feet locked in chains ... 81-year-old mobster Whitey Bulger emerged from a Coast Guard chopper in Plymouth, Mass. today after facing off with a Boston judge.

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Bulger --  a longtime staple on the FBI's Most Wanted List -- had just appeared in U.S. District Court in south Boston, where a judge granted his request to be represented by a public defender.

Bulger has been charged with multiple murder counts, as well as conspiracy to commit murder, extortion, narcotics distribution and money-laundering charges stemming from his role as the leader of Boston's infamous Winter Hill gang.

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Bulger had been on the run for 16 years ... before federal agents located the mobster in Santa Monica, CA -- where he had been living a pretty chill life with his girlfriend.

FYI -- Jack Nicholson's character in "The Departed" was allegedly inspired by Bulger's life.

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GRIMLOCK    

i don't see anything? i see a blurry picture with TMZ watermark stamped all over it

1161 days ago
17.

Gale    

A public defender, really? When he was captured he had $800K -- in cash -- and he's getting a public defender, really?

1161 days ago
18.

some guy    

I'm not saying Whitey should be paid. Think he should give up those rights if/when he gets convicted.

1161 days ago
19.

Tweety    

Whitey's Coast Guard helicopter ride to court today cost $14,000 per hour and the taxpayers are on the hook for his legal defense. A movie script in the making! Who would you cast to play Whitey?

1161 days ago
20.

CINEMA    

Irish "Mobster"? LOL, nah I don't think so. Oxymoron riiiiight there!
La Cosa Nostra eats up the Irish Mix!
Whitey was and is a low class bitch.

1161 days ago
21.

some guy    

Whitey needs to pay a debt to society. If the movie makes money maybe part of that debt could be paid off.

1161 days ago
22.

LMAO4ever    

They usually don't put those shackles and handcuffs on tightly enough...making it easy to slip out. Next thing we'll hear is how Whitey removed his cuffs and got away again.

1161 days ago
23.

jtay2day    

Is Whitey Bulger his porn name?

1161 days ago
24.

BouncersSuck    

16 years on the FBI MWL? Living in the US, vacay'ing in Vegas? Only after all corrupt FBI who helped Whitey evade are dead does he get 'found' and 'apprehended'?

Rolling On Floor Laughing My Ass Off, Peeing In My Pants.

At 81 he's in big twouble......ROFLMAOPIMP

Big Poppa

1161 days ago
25.

BouncersSuck    

But a little funny?

1161 days ago
26.

Isabelle    

I work at the hospital that backs up to the Plymouth Couty Jail and we can always tell when Whitey is on the move because of all the television helicopters hovering above.

1161 days ago
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NYDAVID77    

what are you people talkn about..first off the coast guard dont take money from the MA state tax dollars, GOVERNMENT dollars fools were used for that ride, 2nd he is rep'd by a public defender it wont cost millions of dollars from the tax payers..stop crying bout it..he might be an animal but look into it more, he helped the FBI back in the day too.

1161 days ago
28.

hahahha    

He was also the inspiration of TV show BROTHERHOOD.

1161 days ago
29.

Montezuma    

The military is forbidden from engaging in law enforcement duties, with the civilian population, outside of military bases, by the Posse Comitatus Act and/or DoD directive, except for the Coast Guard, under Homeland Security. Since that is a Coast Guard helicopter, I would expect that those armed gentlemen are members of the Coast Guard. If not, then that is a serious violation of the law.

Though, why is the Coast Guard getting involved in matters of law enforcement outside of their general directive? This is a matter that is to be handled by either the FBI, or, more normally, the United States Marshal Service.

1161 days ago
30.

snowcat    

@Love My Fans-
Bouncers Suck is not too far off the mark.It is a proven fact he was in partnership with FBI and do you really think it was a coincidence that he managed to slip away days before the indictment came down? He was able to live freely in Ca,was able to vacation in Vegas and return to Boston on several occasions to take care of "unfinished business".If Whitey was caught in 1995 and started talking he would have taken down the whole FBI not just Connolly.The FBI made Connolly the fall guy.

1161 days ago
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