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Last-minute arguments heat up Bulger case

As they inched closer to selecting a jury in the trial of James “Whitey” Bulger, lawyers in the high-profile case grew heated in last-minute arguments Friday, with prosecutors seeking to defend a longtime detective who was one of the first to investigate the notorious gangster.

Assistant US attorney Fred Wyshak, typically fierce and combative, turned emotional as he defended State Police Detective Lieutenant Stephen P. Johnson against allegations that he was protecting a witness who is set to testify against Bulger, admitted hit man John Martorano, from prosecution for recent crimes.

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