The Associated Press

Appeals Court To Hear Bulger Request To Remove Judge

BOSTON — A federal appeals court in Boston has agreed to hear reputed gangster James “Whitey” Bulger’s request to order the judge scheduled to preside over his trial to step aside.

Bulger’s lawyers have twice asked U.S. District Judge Richard Stearns to recuse himself because he was a federal prosecutor during a time when Bulger claims he was given immunity for crimes he committed while he was the leader of the notorious Winter Hill Gang and an FBI informant on the Mafia, his gang’s main rival.

Stearns has said there is no need for him to step down.

Bulger claims former federal prosecutor Jeremiah O’Sullivan gave him immunity. O’Sullivan denied that during testimony to Congress in 2002.

The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments Jan. 8.

Bulger is awaiting trial for his alleged role in 19 murders.

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  • Pastor Rick

    All of the records indicate Jeremey T. O’Sullivan had given James Whitey Bugler immunity. It was stated in the case aganst Big Tony Cirulla. In fact I also know that O’Sullivan’s case almost fell apart when Tony released his story to Sports Illustrated.
    You see O’Sullivan’s case against the Winter Hill gang never started until December of 1973. Tony said it started in May of 1973 charging my uncle of taking bribes. The truth is Tony may have been serving time in New Jersery in May and June of 1973. O’Sullivan burried my uncles case and talked his lawyer into getting my uncle to say he was guilty.
    My uncle had pulled a gun on Big Tony and Tony wanted revenge. So he named him and some other Jockeys and trainers at Hazel Park. Billy was the only one who went to jail.
    O’Sullivan led Billy to believe he was looking at 45 years under the Reco Law. That was a lie. However, O’Sullivan felt it had to be told to get Billy to say he was guilty. The trade off for his confession was 1 year in jail and 2 years probation. What would you take?
    If the news came out that Billy had not been linked to the Winter Hill case, the whole case could have been thrown out the window, because Big Tony was trying to tie Billy to the case. This information has been released to me, by someone who lived in the Boston area, who was close to O’Suallivan and the Winter Hill case. I have written details about many of the things that occured, including details my uncle gave me.
    Based upon what I was told, and events that have taken place since receiving the information, I believe the judge should step down.

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