"In order to protect this business, he wanted information and paid for it from corrupt law enforcement officers,'' Carney said. "He was told where the bugs were placed, where search warrants were being executed, so he could clear his stuff out."
Carney pointed out that Bulger was making "millions upon millions upon millions of dollars" with his criminal enterprise but was never targeted for federal prosecution until 1995.
"What does that tell you?" Carney said.
Corrupt agents, Carney argued, didn't look for Bulger – whose California apartment was seven miles from FBI headquarters in Los Angeles.
"He settled in California. Not hiding. Living openly in plain sight while those FBI agents pretended to look for him,'' Carney said.
The Gaskos, who blended in with the elderly community who live along the beach, walked the Santa Monica promenade most nights, ate an at an upscale Italian eatery named Michael's a block away from their apartment, and watched the Celtics win a championship at the Boston-themed bar Sonny McCleans.
Bostonians have described the Bulger case as the trial of the century. The 83-year-old defendant stared ahead wordlessly at a defense table wearing a green long-sleeved jersey. His brother, John "Jackie" Bulger, was in the courtroom.
Spectators hoping to see another Bulger brother, former Massachuestts Senate president William Bulger, were disappointed. After Whitey Bulger fled, William Bulger famously testified at a Congressional hearing that he had no idea his brother was a criminal.
Also present in the courtroom were family members of murder victims. Some families wore buttons emblazoned with the names or photographs of their slain loved ones.
"It's bittersweet,'' Steve Davis told ABC News. Bulger is accused of murdering his sister Debra Davis and burying her in the same dirt basement as Arthur "Bucky" Barrett.
Bulger's stronghold on South Boston, and his sordid relationship with the Boston FBI field office, inspired the movie The Departed and a cable television series on Showtime called Brotherhood.