Former Massachusetts State Senate president and University of Massachusetts president William M. Bulger gave a brief statement through a publicity firm:
“I wish to express my sympathy to all the families hurt by the calamitous circumstances of this case. As the judicial process takes its course, I shall make no further comment at this time. Along with everyone else involved, I look forward to a resolution of this matter,” Bulger said in the statement. “I do hope, in the meantime, that my family may be accorded a measure of privacy.”
Bulger is the younger brother of James J. “Whitey” Bulger, the former head of the Irish mob in Boston who was captured in Santa Monica, Calif. after 16 years on the run dodging racketeering charges and 19 murders.
Whitey Bulger appeared in federal court in Boston on Friday, where his brother — as well as the families of some of his alleged victims — watched a bearded 81-year-old face a judge. The two brothers exchanged smiles, and Whitey mouthed the word “hello.”
William “Billy” Bulger exited the courthouse through the front door, where a cadre of reporters were waiting for him.
He said he recognized his brother, but did not say much beyond that.
“It’s an unusual experience,” he told reporters.