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Boston Gangster's Bid For New Trial Heads To Appeals Court

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Posted at 7:13 PM, Jul 26, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-07 08:46:49-04

BOSTON (AP) -- A federal appeals court has been set to hear arguments on former Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger's bid to overturn his racketeering convictions.

Bulger's lawyers said his right to a fair trial was violated when a judge barred him from telling the jury about his claim that a federal prosecutor promised him immunity. The judge found that Bulger offered no hard evidence.

Prosecutors said the evidence of Bulger's guilt was overwhelming and he should not get a new trial.

Bulger was convicted of participating in 11 murders in the 1970s and `80s. He fled Boston in 1995 and remained one of the FBI's most wanted fugitives until he was captured in Santa Monica, California, in 2011.

The case has been set to go before the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Monday. 

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