In an opinion piece posted on July 22 in the ‘Boston Daily’ section of Boston Magazine online, HLS Professor Alan M. Dershowitz looks at the Whitey Bulger case, voicing his opinion that the government needs to focus its attention on Bulger’s relatives and closest acquaintances in trying to determine who may have facilitated his fugitive status.

An expert on criminal law, Dershowitz is the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at HLS. He is the author of several books, including “The Case for Moral Clarity: Israel, Hamas and Gaza” (Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America, 2009) and “Preemption: A Knife that Cuts Both Ways” (W.W. Norton & Company, 2006).

Is the government trying hard enough to get Whitey Bulger’s facilitators?

by Alan M. Dershowitz

News reports that a grand jury has been convened to look into who may have facilitated Whitey Bulger’s long escape from justice are encouraging, but in order to get at the truth, the government will have to be more aggressive. Here is what I believe the government should do.

First, it should subpoena all of Whitey Bulger’s relatives who are suspected of having known his whereabouts or having helped him maintain his fugitive status. … No one expects these relatives to acknowledge their role, if any, in helping Whitey, but by calling them in front of the grand jury, the government can lock in their testimony … read the full post at