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US taps new judge for ‘Whitey’ Bulger case

One of the newest members of the federal judiciary in Massa­chusetts was randomly selected Friday to preside over the complex case of James “Whitey” Bulger, who is slated to stand trial in June in a sweeping federal racketeering case alleging he participated in 19 murders.

US District Court Judge ­Denise J. Casper, appoint­ed to the bench in December 2010 by President Obama, replaces a judge who was ordered to step aside by a federal appeals court Thursday because he was a high-ranking federal prosecutor in the 1980s.

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