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Opening statements to begin in Bulger trial

Effort to delay start of trial denied as jury is impaneled in federal court

After 18 years marked by FBI scandal, an international manhunt, and the discovery of secret graves, opening statements in a trial that many thought would never happen are scheduled to begin Wednesday in the sweeping federal racketeering case against notorious South Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger.

A jury of eight men and four women, chosen Tuesday along with six alternates, will report to US District Court on South Boston’s waterfront for a proceeding that is expected to last through September, with gangsters, extortion victims, and relatives of the dead expected to testify about a bygone era when the 83-year-old Bulger’s name evoked power and fear.

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