The government's response said lifting the gag order would foster a "carnival atmosphere" during trial. It also noted that the website for Bulger's lead attorney, J.W. Carney Jr., calls him an expert in using enhanced media attention for his client's benefit.
"The jurors in this case have been repeatedly warned by the Court to avoid media accounts of the pending trial," prosecutors wrote. "Yet Bulger's motion essentially seeks to influence the jury by creating positive press coverage — something the jurors are duty bound to ignore!"
It was not clear when Casper would rule on the request.