June 30, 2011
BOSTON — Reputed mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger is expected in court as he seeks a taxpayer-funded attorney and fights a move by prosecutors to dismiss an old racketeering indictment in favor of a later case charging him with participating in 19 murders.
Bulger has back-to-back hearings scheduled Thursday in U.S. District Court in Boston. He was arrested last week in Santa Monica, Calif., after 16 years on the run.
His provisional attorney, Peter Krupp, is challenging an attempt by U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz to dismiss a 1994 indictment and focus on a more serious 1999 indictment. Krupp wants the two cases consolidated and has accused prosecutors of trying to judge shop by trying to drop the older case.
Prosecutors have objected to Bulger's request for a court-appointed attorney.
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