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Boston Gangster Whitey Bulger

Boston Gangster Whitey Bulger

By Shelley Murphy, Globe Staff

 Lawyers for James “Whitey” Bulger argued Monday that thehas a right to ask a jury to decide whether there is any merit to his claim that the US Justice Department promised him decades ago that he would never be prosecuted for any of his crimes, including murder.

In a memorandum filed in US District Court late Monday, Bulger’s lawyers revealed for the first time that Bulger, 83, a longtime FBI informant who insists he had immunity, also claims the government told him his agreement “did not have an expiration date.”

Boston attorneys J.W. Carney Jr. and Henry B. Brennan disputed the prosecution’s contention that Bulger’s immunity defense is a legal matter for the judge to decide before he goes to trial in June. Bulger is facing sweeping federal racketeering charges that include that he participated in 19 murders in the 1970s and 1980s. 

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