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By Peter Gelzinis, Boston Herald

Whitey’s stalling halts justice for Davis, victims.  That James “Whitey” Bulger happens to be locked up for 23 hours each day in a Plymouth jail cell means absolutely nothing to Steve Davis.

“He still knows how to manipulate the system. I know it. I can feel it,” said Davis, who lost his sister, Debra, more than 30 years ago, when Bulger allegedly strangled her at the behest of his partner, Stevie “The Rifleman” Flemmi.

“I want justice for my family and for all the other families,” he added, “but I just think this murderer will find a way, some way, to avoid facing us in a courtroom … even if that means dying first.”

Having WhiteyBulger in captivity just down the road, boring his jailers with a barrage of chatter and unsolicited drivel, has proven even more frustrating for Davis than all those years when the geriatric gangster was hiding in plain sight on the pier in Santa Monica.

Now, justice seems so close, yet so terribly far away.

“What else can he use against us but saying he’s sick, or that he’s got chest pains?” Davis said. “So you know that’s what Whitey will do. He’ll use it to his advantage, just like he used the FBI to his advantage.”

Assistant U.S. District Attorney Brian T. Kelly essentially made the same argument before a magistrate judge during a status hearing Tuesday.

“We think the defendant will try to slow this down so he is not brought to trial,” Kelly said.

The point was made in the hollow of a courtroom devoid of all the high voltage that accompanied The White Man’s return a little more than six months ago. The mobster was not in court two days ago, but Davis was a solitary witness for his sister. read more  Here