BOSTON — A lawyer for mobster James “Whitey” Bulger has asked a judge to delay the start of his trial by a year, arguing that he needs more time to explore piles of evidence prosecutors plan to use against him.
Bulger, the former leader of the Winter Hill Gang, is accused of participating in 19 killings. He was also a top-echelon FBI informant who gave the agency information on the rival New England Mob.
The 82-year-old gangster was apprehended in Santa Monica, Calif., last June after 16 years on the run. His lawyer, J.W. Carney Jr., has repeatedly said he cannot be ready by Nov. 5, the current trial date.
On Wednesday, Carney argued in court papers that the voluminous evidence in the case will take until May 2013 to review, and asked for a Nov. 4, 2013, trial.