The judge who blocked former Boston mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger from claiming a U.S. prosecutor gave him immunity for his crimes violated his rights by preventing him from testifying at his 2013 racketeering trial, Bulger's lawyer said on Monday. The lawyer, Hank Brennan, went before a three-judge panel of the First Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Boston to challenge the conviction of Bulger, 85, on charges including committing or ordering 11 murders in the 1970s and 1980s. The trial detailed Bulger's corrupt relationship with federal agents and prosecutors in Boston who turned a blind eye to the Irish-American gangster's crimes in return for information they could use against the Italian-American mafia.
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BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for convicted gangster James "Whitey" Bulger asked a federal appeals court Monday to grant him a new trial, arguing that his defense was eviscerated when he was barred from testifying about his claim that he received immunity for his crimes.