Federal prosecutors argued in court records Monday that James “Whitey” Bulger has made a “frivolous and unsubstantiated” claim that he was granted immunity for his crimes four decades ago, and they opposed a request that the sitting judge in the case recuse himself because he was once a prosecutor.
The prosecutors argued in a 12-page opposition to a court motion Bulger filed two weeks ago that the notorious gangster has showed no evidence that US District Court Judge Richard G. Stearns has a hidden interest in the case, or that anyone ever granted Bulger immunity for his alleged violent crimes, including murder.
The prosecutors argued that Bulger’s lawyers could not make such baseless accusations to “create a cloud on [the judge’s] impartiality.”
“Bulger … has utterly failed to identify anyone who supposedly promised the defendant immunity from prosecution for committing crimes such as murder,” the prosecutors said. “There is no factual basis for the motion and it should be summarily denied.”
Bulger’s lead lawyer, J.W. Carney Jr., has said that he will file a motion to dismiss the federal racketeering indictment against Bulger on the grounds that the gangster had a deal with federal investigators: he worked as a confidential informant and was granted protection from prosecution of any of his crimes.
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