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Flemmi paints Bulger as a pedophile at trial

Ex-partner seeks to shift testimony to gangster’s dalliances

The trial of James “Whitey” Bulger hit another low Tuesday as the gangster, who has been reviled as an alleged killer, FBI informant, and drug dealer, was branded a pedophile by a former associate who testified that as middle-aged men, they both had sexual encounters with teenaged girls.

As Bulger’s lawyer attacked Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi’s credibility by grilling him about his sordid relationship with a teen who had been like a stepdaughter, the aging gangster angrily pointed at Bulger and snarled, “You want to talk about pedophilia, right over there at that table.”

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