Boston ex-mobster Bulger seeks judge’s dismissal

Associated | December 13, 2012

BOSTON – Lawyers for former mobster James “Whitey” Bulger have asked a federal appeals court to order the judge scheduled to preside over his murder trial to step aside because of his close ties to the U.S. Department of Justice.

U.S. District Judge Richard Stearns has twice rejected a defense request to recuse himself from Bulger’s trial.

Bulger’s lawyers say Stearns should not preside at the trial because he was a federal prosecutor during a time when Bulger claims he was given immunity for crimes he committed while he was an FBI informant on the Mafia, his gang’s main rival.

In a written response rejecting one of the earlier defense requests, Stearns said there is no connection between his former position as chief of the criminal division of the U.S. attorney’s office and the organized crime strike force.

Bulger, 83, claims that former federal prosecutor Jeremiah O’Sullivan, who led the strike force, gave him immunity.

O’Sullivan, in testimony to Congress in 2002, denied protecting Bulger from prosecution for violent crimes. O’Sullivan died in 2009.

Read more at: http://www.vcstar.com/news/2012/dec/13/boston-ex-mobster-bulger-seeks-judges-dismissal

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