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James 'Whitey' Bulger, left, and Catherine Grieg, are shown during their arraignment in a federal courtroom in Los Angeles, in this courtroom sketch, Thursday, June 23, 2011. (AP)
James 'Whitey' Bulger, left, and Catherine Grieg, are shown during their arraignment in a federal courtroom in Los Angeles, in this courtroom sketch, Thursday, June 23, 2011. (AP)

A federal judge will have to consider whether or not accused Boston mobster James "Whitey" Bulger qualifies as "indigent," and is entitled to a publicly-funded defense.

Who would want to take on such a daunting case for meager public money? And why does a guy caught with $800,000 cash need the taxpayer to pay for his lawyer?

Guests:

  • Allison Burroughs, partner, Nutter McClennan & Fish, LLP
  • Jeffrey Denner, founder and partner, Denner Pellegrino, LLP
  • David Frank, reporter, Mass. Lawyers Weekly
  • Monica Brady-Myerov, reporter, WBUR

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This segment aired on June 28, 2011.

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