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Thursday 14 December 2017

Whitey on trial for 19 murders

IRISH American gang boss James 'Whitey' Bulger is to stand trial in Boston in November over 19 grisly murders.

Bulger (81), who has strong Irish links, was on the run for 16 years before being arrested in Santa Monica on June 22 last.

The former leader of the Winter Hill Gang and FBI informant fled Boston in 1995 after being tipped off by his FBI handler, John Connolly Jr.

Connolly recently completed a 10-year prison sentence on racketeering charges and is now serving a 40-year sentence for helping to set in motion a mob hit in 1982.

'Whitey' Bulger was believed to have visited Europe, and possibly Ireland, during his years on the run.



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A bank account in Bulger's name and an Irish passport were found in a Dublin bank. Investigators recovered a passport, $60,000 (€40,000) in cash; novels about the FBI and the Mafia and the Guinness Book Of Poisonous Quotes.

A Federal Court hearing this week heard Bulger's lawyer, JW Carney, claim his firm needed at least another 12 months to sort through more than 500,000 documents and nearly 1,000 tapes prosecutors have turned over to the defence.

Judge Marianne Bowler told Mr Carney she understood what a "monumental task" reviewing the materials will be.

Judge Bowler said she would consider Carney's request to hire additional lawyers and scheduled a court status hearing on March 19.

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