Gangster Whitey Bulger, Corruption, and the FBI

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Mugshot of James "Whitey" Bulger. Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary. From the film "Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger," a Magnolia Pictures release.

Documentary filmmaker Joe Berlinger discusses his documentary “Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger,” about the infamous South Boston gangster, whose legend captured the imagination of the entire country. He’s joined Hank Brennan, Whitey Bulger's attorney to talk about the trial and to explore corruption within the highest levels of law enforcement. Embedded for months with retired FBI agents, Massachusetts state police, victims, lawyers, gangsters, journalists, and federal prosecutors, Berlinger scrutinizes Bulger’s relationship with the FBI and Department of Justice—an interaction that allowed him to reign over a criminal empire for decades. "Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger” opens June 27 at IFC Center.