Lawyer: Whitey Bulger will testify at his trial

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Associated Press

Posted on August 6, 2012 at 4:00 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 6 at 4:02 PM

BOSTON (AP) — The lawyer for former Boston mobster James "Whitey" Bulger (BUHL'-jur) says Bulger will testify at his trial next year on charges that he participated in 19 murders.

Attorney J.W. Carney Jr. said in court Monday that Bulger will testify about his claim that he was given immunity by the Justice Department for any crimes he committed in exchange for being an FBI informant against the rival Mafia.

Bulger's lawyer had said he planned to filed a motion to dismiss the charges based on his immunity claim. But he said Monday he no longer plans to do so because Bulger believes he can get a fairer hearing from a jury on the immunity claim than he can from the trial judge.

Bulger fled Boston in 1994. He was captured last year in California.

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