June 28, 2011
BOSTON — Federal prosecutors have moved to drop a 1994 racketeering indictment against mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger in order to focus on a later indictment that charged the newly captured fugitive for his alleged role in 19 murders.
Prosecutors in Boston filed an electronic notice Tuesday notifying U.S. District Court Judge Mark Wolf that they are dismissing the 1994 indictment, which charges Bulger with multiple counts of extortion, loan sharking, witness tampering and conspiracy.
In the notice, U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz says prosecutors consider a later 1999 indictment charging Bulger with 19 murders the stronger case. He faces life in prison on those charges.
Bulger fled just before the indictment was handed up in early 1995. He was captured last week after 16 years on the lam.
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