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Court urged to dismiss ‘Whitey’ Bulger’s bid to oust judge

Federal prosecutors said Friday that James “Whitey” Bulger’s calls for the judge overseeing his trial to step aside because of an apparent bias is without merit, and they urged a federal appeals court to reject the request.

Bulger’s lawyers had asserted that US District Court Judge Richard G. Stearns has a conflict of interest in overseeing the long-awaited trial, because he was a federal prosecutor during much of Bulger’s alleged reign of terror, and so he would have known of an immunity agreement that Bulger says he had with the FBI.

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