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Bulger Defense Costs $2.5 Million — And Rising

BOSTON — Lawyers are still calculating the total cost of defending recently convicted racketeer James “Whitey” Bulger, but newly released court documents show that it will be well over $2.5 million.

The majority of that money is attorneys’ fees. And the price tag doesn’t even include their legal fees for July and August yet, so the total bill will rise.

Bulger received a court-appointed lawyer, J.W. Carney, who was assisted by Hank Brennan.

The fees also include computer hardware purchases, paralegal services and transcript costs.

Bulger was found guilty of racketeering in August, and now will likely face life in prison. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for mid-November.

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