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Judge rules Bulger cannot use immunity defense at trial

A federal judge delivered a major blow to James “Whitey” Bulger’s defense on Thursday, ruling that the gangster cannot ask jurors at his upcoming trial to consider his contention that the government granted him immunity for all of his crimes, including murder.

US District Court Judge Denise J. Casper, who took over the case in March, wrote in a 31-page opinion that Bulger’s “claimed immunity is not a defense to the charged crimes to be presented to the jury at trial.”

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