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Judge rejects Bulger request

Defense sought informant’s name in ‘91 lottery win

In her first major ruling since taking control of the James “Whitey” Bulger trial, US District Court Judge Denise J. Casper rejected Monday his demand for the name of a confidential FBI informant who helped the government seize the mobster’s share of a winning 1991 Massachusetts lottery ticket.

Last Friday, Bulger made a surprise visit to court where he saw Casper for the first time since she was named in March to replace Judge Richard Stearns, who was ordered off the case because, as a former Department of Justice official, there was an appearance of a conflict of interest.

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