Whitey Bulger lawyer says he will sue over prison killing

BOSTON (AP) — A lawyer for James "Whitey" Bulger says he plans to sue the government over the notorious gangster's prison killing.

Attorney Hank Brennan told The Wall Street Journal that he will bring wrongful death and negligence claims on behalf of Bulger's estate.

Brennan told The Associated Press he expects to begin filing a number of lawsuits over the next month but declined to provide further details.

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FILE - This file June 23, 2011, booking photo provided by the U.S. Marshals Service shows James "Whitey" Bulger. He was convicted in Boston federal court in August 2013 of multiple murders and other crimes. A former FBI agent faces sentencing for lying during his testimony at the 2013 racketeering trial of Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger. (AP Photo/U.S. Marshals Service, File)
Patricia Donahue (R), wife of James "Whitey" Bulger victim Michael Donahue, walks out to speak to reporters outside the federal courthouse in Boston, Massachusetts August 12, 2013. Bulger, 83, a brutal gangster who ruled over Boston's criminal underworld in the 1970s and '80s and evaded capture for 16 years, was found guilty of murder and racketeering by a jury on Monday and will likely spend the rest of his life in prison. In the background, Steve Davis (L), brother of murder victim Debra Davis, receives a hug. The jury reached no finding in the death of Debra Davis, a girlfriend of Bulger associate Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW)
Auctioneer Bob Sheehan reaches for a letter addressed to the Mass. Senate President William Bulger, among items belonging to James "Whitey" Bulger and Catherine Greig, which will be auctioned off this weekend at the Boston Convention Center, Friday, June 24, 2016, in Boston. The proceeds will be divided among the families of Bulger's victims. On the top shelf is a decades old booking photograph of Whitey Bulger, which was found inside a book in his Santa Monica, Calif. apartment. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
FILE - This 1986 FBI file photos show New England mobster James "Whitey" Bulger. Officials with the Federal Bureau of Prisons said Bulger died Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, in a West Virginia prison after being sentenced in 2013 in Boston to spend the rest of his life in prison. (FBI via AP, File)
A motorcade leaves the federal courthouse in Boston, Massachusetts November 14, 2013. Convicted mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger will spend the rest of his life in prison after a U.S. judge on Thursday sentenced him to serve two life terms plus five years for crimes he committed, including 11 murders. REUTERS/Dominick Reuter (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW)
FILE - This undated file FBI photo found in Boston during an evidence search and released Dec. 30, 1998, shows James "Whitey" Bulger. Officials with the Federal Bureau of Prisons said Bulger died Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, in a West Virginia prison after being sentenced in 2013 in Boston to spend the rest of his life in prison. (FBI via AP, File)
U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz (centre) speaks to media outside the federal courthouse following a verdict in the trial of James "Whitey" Bulger in Boston, Massachusetts August 12, 2013. Bulger, once the most feared mobster in Boston, was found guilty of 31 criminal counts in a sweeping murder and racketeering indictment. Bulger, 83, faces the possibility of life in prison. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW)
Jack Bulger, brother of James "Whitey" Bulger leaves the federal courthouse in Boston, Massachusetts August 12, 2013. Bulger, once the most feared mobster in Boston, was found guilty of 31 criminal counts in a sweeping murder and racketeering indictment. Bulger, 83, faces the possibility of life in prison. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW)
Steve Davis, brother of alleged James "Whitey" Bulger victim Debra Davis, walks away from the federal courthouse with an unidentified woman in Boston, Massachusetts August 8, 2013. Jurors weighing the fate of Boston mobster James "Whitey" Bulger did not reach a verdict on Thursday after asking to see a German-made World War Two era submachine gun that prosecutors said was one of many used by Bulger's Winter Hill crime gang. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW)
James "Whitey" Bulger is pictured in this undated photo provided to the court as evidence by Bulger's defence team on July 31, 2013 and released to the media by the the U.S. Attorney's Office in Massachusetts. REUTERS/U.S. Attorney's Office of Massachusetts/Handout via Reuters (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW HEADSHOT PROFILE) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
James "Whitey" Bulger is pictured with an unidentified priest in this undated photo provided to the court as evidence by Bulger's defence team on July 31, 2013 and released to the media by the the U.S. Attorney's Office in Massachusetts. REUTERS/U.S. Attorney's Office of Massachusetts/Handout via Reuters (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW RELIGION) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
James "Whitey" Bulger (C) is pictured with former Massachusetts Senate President William Bulger (L) and an unidentified man in this undated photo provided to the court as evidence by Bulger's defence team onJuly 31, 2013 and released to the media by the the U.S. Attorney's Office in Massachusetts. REUTERS/U.S. Attorney's Office of Massachusetts/Handout via Reuters (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW POLITICS) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
James "Whitey" Bulger is pictured with his girlfriend Catherine Grieg in this undated photo provided to the court as evidence by Bulger's defence team on July 31, 2013 and released to the media by the the U.S. Attorney's Office in Massachusetts. REUTERS/U.S. Attorney's Office of Massachusetts/Handout (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
James "Whitey" Bulger is pictured with girlfriend Catherine Grieg's dogs in this undated photo provided to the court as evidence by Bulger's defence team on July 31, 2013 and released to the media by the the U.S. Attorney's Office in Massachusetts. REUTERS/U.S. Attorney's Office of Massachusetts/Handout via Reuters (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW ANIMALS)
James "Whitey" Bulger is pictured in this undated photo provided to the court as evidence by Bulger's defence team on July 31, 2013 and released to the media by the the U.S. Attorney's Office in Massachusetts. REUTERS/U.S. Attorney's Office of Massachusetts/Handout via Reuters (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
James "Whitey" Bulger's girlfriend Catherine Grieg is pictured in this undated wanted poster from the Massachusetts Police provided to the court as evidence by Bulger's defence team on July 31, 2013 and released to the media by the the U.S. Attorney's Office in Massachusetts. REUTERS/U.S. Attorney's Office of Massachusetts/Handout via Reuters (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
James "Whitey" Bulger is pictured with an unidentified man in this undated photo provided to the court as evidence by Bulger's defence team on July 31, 2013 and released to the media by the the U.S. Attorney's Office in Massachusetts. REUTERS/U.S. Attorney's Office of Massachusetts/Handout via Reuters (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
James "Whitey" Bulger is pictured in this undated photo provided to the court as evidence by Bulger's defence team on July 31, 2013 and released to the media by the the U.S. Attorney's Office in Massachusetts. REUTERS/U.S. Attorney's Office of Massachusetts/Handout via Reuters (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW ANIMALS) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
James "Whitey" Bulger is pictured with his girlfriend Teresa Stanley in this undated photo provided to the court as evidence by Bulger's defence team on July 31, 2013 and released to the media by the the U.S. Attorney's Office in Massachusetts. REUTERS/U.S. Attorney's Office of Massachusetts/Handout via Reuters (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF DEATH OR INJURY Revere, Massachusetts bar owner, Eddie Connors' body is shown lying dead in a phonebooth in this handout photo provided by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Massachusetts June 19, 2013. The photo was used as evidence during the trial of accused mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger, who is on trial for racketeering and 19 murders that occurred in the 1970's and 80's as witness John "The Executioner" Martorano took to the stand for the third and final day. REUTERS/U.S. Attorney's Office of Massachusetts/Handout via Reuters (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. TEMPLATE OUT
ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF DEATH OR INJURY Revere, Massachusetts bar owner, Eddie Connors' body is shown lying dead in a phonebooth in this handout photo provided by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Massachusetts June 19, 2013. The photo was used as evidence during the trial of accused mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger, who is on trial for racketeering and 19 murders that occurred in the 1970's and 80's as witness John "The Executioner" Martorano took to the stand for the third and final day. REUTERS/U.S. Attorney's Office of Massachusetts/Handout via Reuters (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. TEMPLATE OUT
A vehicle with bullet holes and broken glass which was shown to jurors hearing the racketeering and murder trial of accused Boston mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger is seen in this undated handout photo provided by the U.S. Attorney's Office June 17, 2013. John Martorano, a former associate of Bulger took the stand in the trial and told jurors about killing rivals in drive-by shootings as his friend rose to power in Boston organized crime circles. REUTERS/U.S. Attorney's Office/Handout via Reuters (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW TRANSPORT) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
James "Whitey" Bulger is pictured in this undated photo provided to the court as evidence by Bulger's defence team on July 31, 2013 and released to the media by the the U.S. Attorney's Office in Massachusetts. REUTERS/U.S. Attorney's Office of Massachusetts/Handout via Reuters (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
Louis Lapiana, who was shot by the accused Boston mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger gang but survived, is shown in this handout photo provided by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Massachusetts on June 20, 2013. The photo was used as evidence during the trial of accused mob boss Bulger, who is on trial for racketeering and 19 murders that occurred in the 1970's and 80's. REUTERS/U.S. Attorney's Office of Massachusetts/Handout via Reuters (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
A vehicle with bullet holes and broken glass which was shown to jurors hearing the racketeering and murder trial of accused Boston mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger is seen in this undated handout photo provided by the U.S. Attorney's Office June 17, 2013. John Martorano, a former associate of Bulger took the stand in the trial and told jurors about killing rivals in drive-by shootings as his friend rose to power in Boston organized crime circles. REUTERS/U.S. Attorney's Office/Handout via Reuters (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW TRANSPORT) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
J.W. Carney, defense attorney for accused mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger, talks to reporters as he arrives at the U.S. Federal Courthouse for the start of Bulger's trial in Boston, Massachusetts June 12, 2013. The long-awaited trial of Bulger, who evaded an FBI hunt for 16 years before his arrest in 2011, starts on Wednesday with opening statements from prosecutors and defense attorneys. Bulger is accused of committing or ordering 19 murders while running Boston's "Winter Hill" crime gang in the 1970s and 80s. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW)
Steve Davis, brother of a suspected victim of James "Whitey" Bulger, leaves the federal courthouse after a hearing for Catherine Greig in Boston, Massachusetts March 14, 2012. Greig, girlfriend of James "Whitey" Bulger, pleaded guilty in a federal court on Wednesday to charges that she conspired to help the reputed Boston mob boss evade capture during their 16 years on the run. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW)
Former mob boss and fugitive James "Whitey" Bulger, who was arrested in Santa Monica, California on June 22, 2011 along with his longtime girlfriend Catherine Greig, is seen in a booking mug photo released to Reuters on August 1, 2011. Bulger fled Boston in late 1994 after receiving a tip from a corrupt FBI agent that federal charges were pending. Greig joined him a short time later and has been charged with harboring Bulger as a fugitive. REUTERS/U.S. Marshals Service/U.S. Department of Justice/Handout (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW HEADSHOT) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
Catherine Greig, long time girlfriend of former mob boss and fugitive James "Whitey" Bulger, who was arrested in Santa Monica, California on June 22, 2011, is seen in a booking mug photo released to Reuters on August 1, 2011. Bulger fled Boston in late 1994 after receiving a tip from a corrupt FBI agent that federal charges were pending. Greig joined him a short time later and has been charged with harboring Bulger as a fugitive. REUTERS/U.S. Marshals Service/U.S. Department of Justice/Handout (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW HEADSHOT) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
A handout photo by the U.S. Department of Justice released to Reuters on July 14, 2011 shows various weapons seized from Whitey Bulger's apartment in Santa Monica, California, following his arrest in June. A cache of weapons including a number of handguns, an assault rifle and a sawed-off shotgun, and bundles of cash were found during the search. Former crime boss Bulger entered a plea of not guilty in his arraignment on July 6, 2011 on federal racketeering charges, including 19 alleged murders from the 1970s and 1980s. REUTERS/U.S. Department of Justice/Handout (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW) QUALITY FROM SOURCE FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
A handout photo by the U.S. Department of Justice released to Reuters on July 14, 2011 shows bundles of cash seized from Whitey Bulger's apartment in Santa Monica, California, following his arrest in June. A cache of weapons including a number of handguns, an assault rifle and a sawed-off shotgun were also found during the search. Former crime boss Bulger entered a plea of not guilty in his arraignment on July 6, 2011 on federal racketeering charges, including 19 alleged murders from the 1970s and 1980s. REUTERS/U.S. Department of Justice/Handout (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW) QUALITY FROM SOURCE FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
Accused Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger (L) and his girlfriend Catherine are shown during their arraignment in federal court in Los Angeles, California in this June 23, 2011 courtroom sketch. On the run for 17 years, the accused Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger and his longtime girlfriend were finally caught in California by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday. REUTERS/Bill Robles/Artist (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW)
A most wanted poster for FBI Most Wanted fugitive and accused Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger, is seen marked "CAPTURED" on a wall with other fugitive wanted posters at FBI headquarters in Washington, June 23, 2011. On the run for 17 years, Bulger and his longtime girlfriend were finally caught in California by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday. REUTERS/FBI/Handout (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
The apartment building where accused Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger lived in Santa Monica, California is seen June 23, 2011. On the run for 17 years, the accused Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger and his longtime girlfriend were finally caught in California by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on the evening of June 22, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW)
A resident looks out as Federal Agents arrive at the apartment building where accused Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger was arrested in Santa Monica, California June 22, 2011. On the run for 17 years, Bulger and his longtime girlfriend were finally caught in California by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW)
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Bulger was serving a life sentence for 11 murders and other crimes when he was beaten to death in October , hours after he was transferred to a West Virginia prison.

Authorities have said two Massachusetts mobsters are under suspicion in the 89-year-old's killing . No charges have been filed.

The Bureau of Prisons declined to comment Monday.

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