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No Bulger ‘license to kill’ claim, lawyers say

Federal charges barred if he kept deal, they assert

Lawyers for James “Whitey” Bulger said Monday that he is not claiming a blanket “license to kill” by asserting that a former US Justice Department ­official granted him immunity from prosecution for crimes includ­ing murder.

Instead, Bulger’s lawyers said in court filings, he asserts that an agreement he had with the late Jeremiah O’Sullivan, a former federal prosecutor in Boston, only barred federal author­ities in Massachusetts from charging him criminally as long as he kept his end of the bargain.

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