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James "Whitey" Bulger

Lawyers for former Boston crime boss appeal his conviction

 

BOSTON (AP) — Former Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger is appealing the federal conviction that sent him to prison for life last year, arguing that he was unable to fully present his defense.

Bulger, who’s 84, was convicted and sentenced on racketeering charges that tied him to 11 murders and other gangland crimes from the 1970s and ’80s.

In an appeal filed Thursday in the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Bulger’s lawyers Henry Brennan and James Budreau argue he was “deprived” of a critical defense in his trial: that a now-dead federal prosecutor had given him immunity from his crimes.

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