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Judge stays out of Bulger appeal

The federal judge overseeing the trial of James “Whitey” Bulger has chosen not to weigh in on an appeals court hearing on whether he should be removed from the case, a hearing set up after Bulger alleged the judge was biased because he worked as a federal prosecutor in the 1980s.

US District Court Judge Richard G. Stearns said in a one-paragraph filing with the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit on Wednesday that he will defer to his previous decisions in July and October in which he said he does not have a conflict of interest in overseeing the case.

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