• Ex-wife of Stephen Rakes expresses interest in Bulger's assets


    BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) -- The ex-wife of Stephen Rakes has been named an interested party in the forfeiture of James "Whitey" Bulger's assets.

    An attorney for Julie Dammers, who was married to Rakes when he claimed to be extorted by Bulger in the 80s, filed a notice Friday requesting to be heard on the matter of forfeiture.

    Jurors will be deciding what should be done with Bulger's more than $800,000 in assets after a verdict is read in his racketeering trial.

    Dammers' attorney says the assets seized when the reputed mob boss was arrested in Santa Monica, Cali. in 2011 are subject to a $29,000 lien put in place by a judge on behalf of his client.

    After jurors exited courtroom 11 to begin day four of deliberations in Bulger's trial, Judge Denise Casper addressed Dammers' filing. Both the judge and government prosecutors indicted that the filing may be premature as a verdict has not been read. They plan to address it at a later time.

    Dammers and her deceased ex-husband claimed Bulger's crew extorted a liquor store from them at gunpoint in 1984. Former Bulger associate Kevin Weeks denied their account during his testimony. He claimed Rakes sold the store to the group.

    Rakes was found dead in Lincoln on July 17, just days after he was told he would not be called to testify in Bulger's trial. Investigators allege the Quincy resident met with 69-year-old William Camuti the day before his body was found. Authorities claim Camuti put two teaspoons of cyanide in Rakes' iced coffee.

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