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Bulger defense lawyers charge government $2.7m

James “Whitey” Bulger.

AP Photo/U.S. Marshals Service, File

James “Whitey” Bulger.

Defense attorneys for Boston gangster James J. “Whitey” Bulger have charged the government more than $2.7 million for their services, according to federal court documents.

The total cost of defending Bulger, including expert witnesses and other services, is more than $3 million, according to the documents filed Friday in US District Court.

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The documents showed that the lawyers had billed the government for $2,730,844.51, while payments for experts had mounted to $249,666.06, and the cost of transcripts totaled $36,158.55.

The total cost added up to $3,016,669.12, the federal court financial manager reported to US District Judge Denise J. Casper, who presided over Bulger’s case.

Bulger was represented by J.W. Carney Jr. and Hank Brennan. Carney has dropped out of the case, but Brennan is pursuing an appeal with attorney James Budreau, so the bills could go still higher.

Bulger, 84, is serving two life sentences at the federal penitentiary in Tucson. He was convicted of participating in 11 murders in the 1970s and 1980s while running a sprawling criminal organization engaged in extortion, drug trafficking, and other crimes.

Shelley Murphy can be reached at shelley.murphy@globe.com. Martin Finucane can be reached martin.finucane @globe.com.
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