I’ve been anxiously waiting for this big match up between Carney and Weeks. I had suggested that we’d learn much about how the case would proceed depending on the outcome of the match. Weeks is Whitey’s side-thug and he knows more about him than anyone else. Carney did get Weeks to admit that during the Eighties once he started to work full-time with Whitey he spent more time with him than anyone else.
All along I’ve been saying Weeks is a tough witness. He listens carefully to the question and doesn’t let counsel suggest anything that is not exactly to his liking. He picks up on all the little things and lets nothing slip by. He should be pretty good at it, Carney pointed out that he has testified 31 prior times at hearings, depositions, civil trials and criminal trials. Weeks said probably more than that.
Coming into the match I felt Carney would come out a big loser if he didn’t somehow get Weeks to pull back on Whitey’s involvement in the three murders that happened at 799 East Third Street the home of Pat Nee’s brother, those of Barrett, McIntyre and Hussey. I also figured he’d expose the man in the mask in the car when Halloran and Donohue were murdered, and if real good, he’d show Whitey was not involved in that.
Carney didn’t go near any of those things. Not even close. He let them sit. Not only that Weeks put Whitey as having admitted to murdering Paulie McGonagle, Tommy King, Buddy Leonard, and being at the murder of Debbie Davis. Carney stayed away from those also. It looked like he was greasing the skids for Whitey to go to ADX, Forence, Colorado.
I had called this the fight for the heavyweight title. If it was, Carney was left battered and beaten as he was dragged to the corner by his handlers. None of that made sense. What about all the discovery fights Carney had and the transcripts of the 31 prior testimony? What about the book Weeks wrote? Why didn’t he use any of that to hit back at Weeks?
I knew Carney couldn’t be in the bag. He couldn’t take a fall with Whitey sitting next to him. What was I missing? One thing, if he had those 31 prior matters where Weeks had testified he pretty much knew all of Weeks strengths and weaknesses. Yet he seemed not to rely on any of them.
Clearly from my standard Carney lost the fight big and the match was over. This was no Marvelous Marvin vs Tommy Hearns but more like Mike Tyson vs
Tom Brian Peter McNeely, our local favorite. Another contender for the top prized coming out of Massachusetts like Dukakis, Kerry and Romney.
But suppose this was not the fight itself, but was only one round of the fight. What if the big fight is not any one-on-one between counsel and a witness but the total sum of all the witnesses and each witness or group of witnesses is a round. Then you can lose a round, take a beating, and make a come back in the later rounds. You can wear your opponent down, tire him out, and set him up so he doesn’t win over the long haul. What looks like a beating may be just the introduction to a win.
I saw Carney walking around after the match today. He didn’t look like he felt he lost anything. Carney is a top lawyer. He’s highly skilled. He knows what is going on. He looked like he was humming the tune,”Going My Way.”
I had to put on my thinking cap and readjust my thoughts. What is it Carney knows that I don’t know? If today was only a round Carney knows there are lots more rounds to go. But how does he beat the murder charges, especially of the women, which he must if he is to have any type of chance.
He has Flemmi coming up who he will probably will kick around pretty good. But that still leaves Weeks’s testimony of today untouched. How’s he going to get around that? There’s only one way.
What Carney know that I don’t is that Whitey will definitely take the stand and testify in his own behalf. I’ve been going back and forth over that. I said the trial today would give us some answers. Well that is one of them. Whitey has to testify. Putting that into the equation, I see that the whole defense of Carney has been aimed to that end.
Considering that, I see that Carney actually did quite well today because he was landing lots of telling blows which he was putting in his side pocket to save for down the line. What did he accomplish with Weeks.
One thing is clear he’s a hot head. A dangerous guy ready to explode. He also proved other things quite cleverly when you consider the goal of Whitey may not jury nullification, which I suggested at one time, but the permission by O’Sullivan to commit the criminal acts short of murder.