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Judge upends Bulger’s defense plan

Rejects claim of immunity from prosecution

A federal judge rejected the notion Monday that James “Whitey” Bulger could have had open permission from the government to carry out crimes including murder, effectively voiding the gangster’s defense that he was immune from prosecution.

US District Court Judge Richard G. Stearns said in a 20-page ruling that such an agreement would have been unlawful and questionable under any law enforcement standards, even if issued by a sitting US president to protect national security.

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