Appellate attorneys for Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger filed an appeal last week of the federal convictions that sent Bulger to prison for life.  Bulger stood trial for 11 killings and other gang crimes that occurred in the 70s and 80s.  Bulger’s lawyers argue that the former head of the Irish mob, now 84, was not allowed to present a full defense.  In particular, he was not allowed to argue that Jeremiah O’Sullivan, a former federal prosecutor who has since died, had given him immunity in exchange for cooperation in investigations into mob organizations.  Bulger was an FBI informant against the New England Mafia and his case became a stain on the FBI’s reputation after it was revealed that several corrupt agents accepted bribes and helped him over the years.  Judge Denise Casper disallowed the immunity claim to be presented saying that O’Sullivan did not have authority to grant immunity.  Bulger was a fugitive for 16 years when he was apprehend in California in 2011.  He was convicted last year of federal racketeering, money laundering, firearms violations, and being involved in 11 murders.  The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will consider the appeal.


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