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Jun 15, 2015 2:59 PM

Gangster 'Whitey' Bulger appealing sentence

The Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) - Nearly two years after gangster James "Whitey" Bulger was convicted in 11 killings and other underworld crimes during the 1970s and '80s, a federal appeals court will hear his appeal.

The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday scheduled oral arguments in Bulger's appeal for July 27.

The 85-year-old Bulger is serving life in prison after being convicted in a sweeping racketeering indictment in August 2013.

Bulger was one of the nation's most-wanted fugitives after he fled Boston ahead of a 1994 indictment. He was captured in Santa Monica, Calif., in 2011.

In his appeal, he argues that he was not given a chance to fully present his claim that a now-deceased federal prosecutor had given him immunity.


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