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US judge voices concerns on Bulger

Says public may question fairness of mobster’s trial

A federal appeals court judge said Tuesday that he is concerned that the public may not believe that James “Whitey” Bulger will get a fair trial if the case goes forward before US District Judge Richard G. Stearns, who was a top federal prosecutor while the gangster was an FBI informant.

Senior Judge Bruce M. Selya spoke about public confidence in the courts during a hearing in Boston where Bulger’s ­defense lawyer, J.W. Carney Jr. asked the Court of Appeals for the First Circuit to remove Stearns from Bulger’s impending trial.

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