Mar 4, 2016 9:20 PM

Federal court rejects ex-gangster Whitey Bulger's bid for new trial

The Associated Press

BOSTON, Mass. (AP) - A federal appeals court in Boston has rejected ex-gangster James "Whitey" Bulger's request for a new trial.

The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday rejected the argument Bulger's right to a fair trial was violated when a judge barred him from testifying about his claim he received immunity for his crimes, among other things.

Bulger's lawyer argued his defense was eviscerated when he wasn't allowed to tell the jury a now-deceased federal prosecutor granted him immunity to commit crimes.

Bulger is now 86 years old. He was one of the nation's most wanted fugitives after he fled Boston in 1994. He was captured in Santa Monica, California in 2011, and is serving a life sentence for 11 killings that happened during the 1970s and '80s.

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