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Criminal background checks for jurors in Bulger trial allowed

In a victory for prosecutors, the federal judge presiding over the upcoming criminal trial of James “Whitey” Bulger granted a government request Friday to conduct criminal background checks on potential jurors.

US District Court Judge Denise J. Casper rejected an argument from Bulger’s lawyers, who opposed the checks in part because there is no federal law requiring such a review.

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