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Opinion

Joan Vennochi

A fair trial for James ‘Whitey’ Bulger?

Take ego out of the equation. Take out one jurist’s desire to preside over the trial of the century. What’s left is good reason for US District Court Judge Richard G. Stearns to step down from the James “Whitey” Bulger trial.

A judge like Stearns, who worked as a federal prosecutor in Boston while Bulger was roaming the streets with blessings from the FBI and US Attorney’s office, should not preside over his trial.

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