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Boston judge got free aid worth $85,000

Law firm helped Dougan fight bias complaint; donation of services could raise ethics issues

Judge Raymond G. Dougan won a major legal victory in ­November, successfully fending off a 61-page complaint from the Suffolk district attorney that his decisions were systematically biased in favor of criminal defendants.

Now, it turns out that a prominent law firm whose lawyers often appear in Boston courts paid for Dougan’s ­defense, giving him at least $85,000 worth of free services – and perhaps much more – from one of the most prestigious ­legal teams in the city.

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