A federal magistrate judge said today she would not push back the trial date for notorious gangster James “Whitey” Bulger, despite pleas by Bulger’s defense attorney that he needed more time to prepare for the case. “The trial date remains firm,” said US Magistrate Judge Marianne Bowler. Defense attorney J.W. Carney Jr. had told Bowler in a hearing today in US District Court in Boston that he wouldn’t finish reading through the evidence until May, when the trial is slated to begin in March.
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