By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Lawyers for mobster James "Whitey" Bulger on Wednesday said they plan to appeal his August conviction on charges including 11 murders, less than a week after a U.S. judge sentenced the former leader of Boston's "Winter Hill" gang to two consecutive life terms in prison. In a brief, two-page filing in U.S. District Court in Boston, Bulger said he was appealing the jury's verdict that found him guilty of 31 of 32 criminal counts, including racketeering, extortion and drug dealing. The filing does not detail the 84-year-old gangster's specific objections, but U.S. District Judge Denise Casper before the trial prevented his lawyers from mounting the case that Bulger had been granted immunity for his crimes. During the two-month trial, Bulger's lawyers said that their client had been an "organized criminal" and spent much of their energy arguing that he had never served as an informant to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
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