Reasons why potential Bulger jurors were excusedBy The Associated Press , Associated Press
Jun. 10, 2013 2:55 PM ET
Some of the problems cited by potential jurors who were then excused from sitting on the trial of reputed gangster James "Whitey" Bulger:
—Man who said wife is pregnant and past her due date.
—Woman who said she has depression, swollen ankles, knees.
—Man who said he knew the widow of one of Bulger's alleged victims.
—Traveling sales representative who said serving on the jury would pose a financial hardship for him.
—Woman who said she had a business conference and a five-day trip to California planned.
—Woman who said she is self-employed as a landscape designer and depends on her busy summer season.
—Woman who said she had formed an opinion that "there was some guilt there" after reading media reports about Bulger's claim that he had received immunity.
—Man who said he had formed an opinion based on news accounts he read that Bulger is likely guilty.
—Woman whose brother was killed in what media reports described as a "gangland-style" slaying in 1963. She also said U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz is married to her husband's cousin.
—Woman who became emotional when describing how she needs to take care of her dog, who has no use of his back legs.
—Woman who cited her mortgage, said she can't afford to serve on a jury for months.
—Woman who said her boyfriend knows one of the police officers involved in the case. Prosecutors say the officer is not on their witness list, but woman says she would be more likely to believe a police officer than other people.