US District Court Judge Richard Stearns today said he wants to decide himself whether jurors in the James “Whitey’’ Bulger trial should be told Bulger’s claim that federal law enforcement granted immunity from prosecution in return for his work as an FBI informant. Stearns also concluded that Bulger’s contention that he was granted immunity to commit any crime, including murder, cannot be supported as a matter of law. “The court concludes that any grant of prospective immunity to commit murder was without authorization and is hence unenforceable under any circumstances,’’ Stearns wrote.
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By Erin Ailworth
President Obama tapped Ernest Moniz to lead the Energy Department and Gina McCarthy to run the EPA.
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By Andrew Taylor
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