As I understand it when you go to a concert to see a star act you usually have to sit through what they call warmup acts. They’re designed to keep the crowd under control while offering a small bit of entertainment. That’s what happened today.
The star act will be between J.W. Carney and Kevin Weeks. That should begin tomorrow around 11:00 a.m.. The warmup acts we had today were supposed to be a brief appearance by William Haufler and the somewhat longer Wyshak/Weeks introduction. Haufler wasn’t brief; and Kelly took over for Wyshak and is still going on.
Hauffler in direct exam testified he knew Kevin Weeks and he stored a safe and a locker box for him in his parents’ house in Southie (which we know contained lots of guns and goodies like silencers, clips, handcuffs, etc.) and dealt drugs with Kevin and knew Whitey but never said more than “how yah doin” to him. The direct was short and sweet.
Brennan got up and did a tap dance on him which added a lot of zest to the act. Hauffler lied his way through a lot of Brennan’s examination. After explaining he was Weeks’s right hand man and he was part of a group of four or more guys, he then decided he didn’t want to dime out any of his friends so he said he’d buy a half-kilo of cocaine a week, cut it by himself and then distribute it by himself which most people would find impossible. He said he split the money with Kevin. The other guys had nothing to do with his drug business, they just sold alcohol at his after hours joint. He was very obviously straying far away from the truth.
Brennan had to remind him that his deal with the prosecutors was to tell the truth. The prosecutors weren’t going to remind him. They were happy that he was dissembling. It seems odd when we’re supposed to believe the prosecutors are after the truth.
Brennan basically used Hauffler to show he was a big drug dealer and involved in other criminal acts such a being a bookie. He had him admit he knew that what he was keeping for Kevin in the safe and locker box was probably something illegal. He admitted he was given “a wink and a nod” by the DEA agents to the effect that if he went along with them searching where he hid the items that Kevin said he had, then he would not be charged with any offenses.
This will just be another example of the federals picking and choosing who to prosecute. It’ll show they were taking good care of people like Kevin Weeks and his friends. It will all be part of arguing Kevin had to testify a certain way to please the prosecutors to save his friends.
Kelly wisely decided not to redirect. He then put Weeks on the stand. Weeks was not himself at first seeming to be very nervous and unsettled. But that didn’t last too long. He eventually settled in to telling his life of crime under the direction of James Bulger. It’s easy to tell when Weeks is comfortable by watching his demeanor. When his eyes follow counsel and he appears to be considering his answers and correcting little misstatements by the prosecutor I knew he’d come into his element and had on his game face. The uneasiness caused by the nearness of his mentor Jimmy (Whitey) had slowly molted under the subtler reminder of Brian Kelly that if he didn’t stick to the script they planned to drop the courthouse on him.
Week told how he wrote his book Brutal for the families of the victims. He thought that would be the only way to help them out or some bs like that. “What a good guy!” we’re supposed to think. His share turns out to be 41.5% and he’ll give the victims 1/2 of that.
Then I think he said he didn’t read the book. That’s the same line Martorano gave. It protects them in cross-examination. He can say, “I never said that, my co-author did.”
Weeks also answered he never got any money from the prosecution. I guess he forgot the lottery ticket winning that they had taken from him and restored after he began to cooperate.
Weeks did a lousy job tying Whitey into the guns found in the screened house behind Stevie Flemmi’s mother’s saying he took them from George Kaufman and gave them to Steve on a rainy night. Whitey had seen the guns before at Kaufman’s house but had nothing to do with their removal to Flemmi’s. The best he could say was that afterwards Whitey asked him if everything worked out OK.
He nailed Whitey on the guns found in Hauffler’s house. Those were the ones staring the jury in the face on the table in the courtroom. He told how they oiled and greased them together at his parents’ house and how Whitey checked them out to make sure they were what he wanted.
There was a piece of paper that Weeks looked at. It referred to George McLaughlin. He said it was in Whitey’s handwriting. I can’t figure out the significance of that yet. George was one of the McLauglin brothers who fought Winter hill and lost. He lost his two brothers during the war – I think he died in bed. (He’s also the guy FBI Agent Paul Rico and three other agents were going to kill with a throwaway gun because McLaughlin said Rico and J. Edgar Hoover were gay and had something going on. That tale was told by Frankie Salemme a Mafia boss. The few that believed his fairy tales were prosecutors who used him as a witness, members of Congress, and some judges.)
I’ll continue in a minute with another post since I’ve exceeded my self-imposed blog limit for a post. I try to keep them between 600 and 1,000 words so you won’t fall asleep before getting to the end.