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July 4, 2013

Law school dean turns Bulger, Hernandez analyst

An associate dean at Massachusetts School of Law is finding himself weighing in on some high-profile news events these days.

Michael Coyne, who is also a professor at the law school, is serving as NECN’s legal analyst on reputed mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger’s trial. And last week, he also started commenting on the case against former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, who has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd.

Coyne has been providing his analysis of the Bulger trial from the start. Weighing in on the first day of the trial, he said, “The government’s case could best be described as if you’re going to try the devil, you go to Hell to get the witnesses, and Whitey is in complete agreement that they’ve gone to Hell to get the witnesses against him here with a collection of murderers, rapists and drug dealers who poisoned their own community in an attempt to get the jury to find him guilty.”

Appearing on NECN’s coverage of the trial on June 17, Coyne addressed the appearance of former hit man John Martorano, who had taken the stand against his former friend the day before.

“What the government is trying to do is what we call `draw the sting,’” Coyne said. “They need to lay out all their dirty laundry before they can really put some more meat on it to show the jury some of what he says is worthwhile as to Whitey.”

At Massachusetts School of Law, Coyne teaches courses in Trial Skills, The Courts and Evidence. A graduate of Boston Latin School, Boston State College and Suffolk University Law School, he previously practiced law for many years in Boston, trying cases in the state and federal courts. He has been a trial attorney for many years and specializes in complex litigation.

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