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The trial of ‘Whitey’ Bulger

Jury duty a hardship in long trials like Bulger’s

Jurors and alternates assigned to the trial of notorious gangster James “Whitey” Bulger will wrestle with countless questions during a case expected to drag on through September, including one that has nothing to do with guilt or innocence: Can I afford to be here another day?

Jurors in federal cases are paid just $40 per day for their service, a per diem that has not increased since 1990. They are reimbursed for travel expenses and cannot be fired from their jobs, but their employers are not required to pay anything.

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