June 30th, 2011
01:46 PM ET

Bulger lawyer asks to merge racketeering charges

An attorney for James "Whitey" Bulger has petitioned a U.S. District judge to combine two pending racketeering charges against the reputed mobster, rather than allow prosecutors to drop the less severe charge against him, according to court documents acquired Thursday.

The move, prosecutors say, is meant to complicate the case against Bulger for racketeering and 19 murder charges he faces.

U.S. District judge Judge Mark Wolf is expected to decide whether the two indictments should be merged at the first of two hearings at Thursday afternoon in Boston.

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  1. Jazzzzzzzz

    That burger lawyer must be hungry. He he.

    June 30, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bostongye

    Screw them, let them drop the racketeering and loansharking crap, the real crimes are the murders. This guy should be tortured, since everyone seems to think it's no big deal that he got caught because he's 81.

    June 30, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mad Hatter

    He'll just spend the rest of his life behind bars. At his age he's already knocking on hells gate. So give him life for all murders. Shortest and cheapest trial on record.

    June 30, 2011 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bostongye

    why even waste a dollar on prison for him, especially since they'll put him in protective custody for being the king of all rats. He's already apparently going to waste enough of our tax dollars on his defense which the thought of him not being able to contribute to himself is laughable, not to mention the $14,000 helicopter rides he's taking going from jail in Plymouth to court in Boston.

    July 1, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |