Adam Reilly is reporting on the "Whitey" Bulger trial for WGBH News. What follows are his notes from the courtroom the day:

Bit of a letdown in the Bulger trial today.

We expected to get testimony from John Morris, who ran the Boston FBI bureau during many of the years Bulger allegedly ran amok. Morris, who received immunity from prosecution personifies the idea that former FBI agent John Connolly — whatever his sins — was made the fall guy for a corruption scandal much bigger than one man. His testimony, when it comes, should be one of the trial's highlights.

But it didn't come today. Instead, the whole session was taken up with James Marra, an employee of the Department of Justice's Inspector General. He testified for the government about Bulger's huge (or, as he put it, "voluminous") informant file. We heard synopses of dozens of documents in which Bulger was described giving information about a host of figures in Boston's criminal underworld, from the Mafia to crooks in his own South Boston. Sometimes, the reports indicate, Bulger offered tips in order to stir up trouble for his criminal rivals; other times, he tried to deflect attention away from himself before committing crimes. The reports also suggest that Bulger, despite his prior denials, gave information that led in some cases to the arrest of the people he was describing.

The defense, remember, claims Bulger wasn't an "informant" at all, but a "strategist" who paid corrupt members of law enforcement for information and a measure protection. But today's testimony — which highlighted reports not just from Connolly, but from a number of other FBI figures as well — cast serious doubt on that claim.

Also worth noting: this morning, the defense and prosecution sparred over the defense's request to be allowed to speak freely about Bulger's trial to members of the media. Right now, Bulger's team is constrained by a local legal rule that places tight limits on what they can and can't say outside court. The defense contends that with Bulger taking a beating in the court of public opinion, it has an obligation to push back. If Judge Denise Casper denies its request for free speech, the defense adds, it will immediately take its grievance to an appellate court. The prosecution  the defense's argument is ridiculous, and that, if Bulger's desire to be heard is so powerful, he should take the stand and testify.

No ruling yet from Judge Casper.