January 15, 2013

Bulger says let jury decide immunity claim

The mobster, charged in connection with 19 slayings, has claimed he was granted immunity by a former U.S. attorney who has since died.

The Associated Press

BOSTON — Lawyers for Boston mobster James "Whitey" Bulger say a jury should decide whether his claim that he was granted immunity by federal prosecutors has merit.

Bulger's lawyers said in documents filed Monday it is not up to a judge to decide whether the 83-year-old Bulger was granted immunity before he goes to trial, but rather it is up to a jury to decide at trial.

The lawyer says allowing a judge to decide the matter is a violation of the separation of powers between the executive and judicial branches.

Bulger, charged in connection with 19 slayings, has claimed he was granted immunity by a former U.S. attorney who has since died.

Prosecutors call the claim "frivolous and absurd" and have asked the trial judge to bar it from trial.

Were you interviewed for this story? If so, please fill out our accuracy form

Send question/comment to the editors




Further Discussion

Here at PressHerald.com we value our readers and are committed to growing our community by encouraging you to add to the discussion. To ensure conscientious dialogue we have implemented a strict no-bullying policy. To participate, you must follow our Terms of Use.

Questions about the article? Add them below and we’ll try to answer them or do a follow-up post as soon as we can. Technical problems? Email them to us with an exact description of the problem. Make sure to include:
  • Type of computer or mobile device your are using
  • Exact operating system and browser you are viewing the site on (TIP: You can easily determine your operating system here.)