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Boston judge got $550,000 in free legal help

Firm from city defended Dougan in bias case

Boston Municipal Court Judge Raymond G. Dougan received more than $550,000 in free legal services from a top Boston law firm to ­defend him against bias charges, according to a new financial report, raising new concerns about the court system’s willingness to let judges accept large gifts from attorneys.

Dougan relied on free legal services from the law firm Foley Hoag in his successful two-year fight against charges that he consistently sided with criminal defendants. In 2012 alone, Dougan reported receiving $472,000 in free ­legal services from the firm, according to ­Dougan’s most recent financial disclosures, filed on April 16.

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