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This 2011 photo provided by the U.S. Attorney's office shows guns displayed in the Santa Monica, Calif., apartment where Whitey Bulger and Catherine Greig hid before their arrest in June 2011. (U.S. Attorney's Office/AP)
This 2011 photo provided by the U.S. Attorney's office shows guns displayed in the Santa Monica, Calif., apartment where Whitey Bulger and Catherine Greig hid before their arrest in June 2011. (U.S. Attorney's Office/AP)

Judge Richard Stearns was removed from the case of reputed former mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger after a decision by the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a defense motion that raised concerns about his ability to be impartial.

Stearns was a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston when Bulger was allegedly running organized crime in the city.

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David Boeri, senior reporter at WBUR.

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WBUR "Bulger claims he received immunity for his crimes from Jeremiah O’Sullivan, another federal prosecutor who worked in the same office as Stearns. During testimony before Congress in 2002, O’Sullivan denied protecting Bulger from prosecution for violent crimes. He died in 2009."

This segment aired on March 14, 2013.

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