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opinion | donald k. stern

Plea deals: A necessary evil

The US attorney who approved the Martorano agreement defends it

The James “Whitey’’ Bulger trial focused considerable attention on the violent crimes of the Bulger group, which killed, dealt drugs, threatened, and devastated families and communities during Bulger’s 25-year reign of terror.

At the same time, the trial highlighted the corrupt relationship between Bulger and law enforcement, particularly the FBI, which helped him evade prosecution all those years. It also raised serious issues about the power and limits of criminal prosecution.

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