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Bulger’s defense cost taxpayers $2.6m and counting

Notorious gangster James “Whitey” Bulger’s taxpayer-funded defense team billed the court more than $2.6 million over the past two years, and those costs will climb because they do not include lawyers’ fees and expenses from July and August while Bulger’s federal racketeering trial was underway, according to court records.

Bulger’s lawyers issued a statement Friday saying he offered to plead guilty to all charges in exchange for leniency for the girlfriend who helped him evade capture for more than 16 years, but prosecutors spurned his offer, resulting in the expensive eight-week trial in US District Court in Boston that ended with his conviction last month.

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