BOSTON — Federal prosecutors argued last week that arrested mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger likely has hidden assets he could use for legal expenses and they suggest that Bulger’s brother might help fund a defense. But the government also contends that Whitey Bulger’s assets come from his alleged criminal activity and can be taken if he’s convicted.
Judge Mark Wolf points out in an order filed Sunday that Bulger may not have to reveal assets that could incriminate him or be used against him in court.
Wolf notes that Bulger’s co-defendants were all granted court-appointed attorneys when they were tried in 1997 on the charges Bulger now faces. Wolf has asked the prosecution and defense to reach a prompt agreement on this issue.
Neither side offered comment on the order.
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