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Crowds Gather At Court For Bulger Appearance

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In this courtroom sketch, James 'Whitey' Bulger at his arraignment in federal court in Los Angeles, Thursday, June 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Bill Robles)

In this courtroom sketch, James ‘Whitey’ Bulger at his arraignment in federal court in Los Angeles, Thursday, June 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Bill Robles)

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BOSTON (AP) — Reporters and spectators have started gathering in the federal courthouse in Boston hours before captured mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger is expected to go before a judge.

There is also a large law enforcement presence ahead of the Friday return of the man authorities chased for 16 years.

Margaret Chaberek has little connection to the case but was at the courthouse at noon.

She says she’s there to see justice served.

Related: Can Bulger Get A Fair Trial?

The 81-year-old Bulger is accused of dozens of crimes, including 19 murders.

She grew up in Bulger’s home base of South Boston but was a child during the height of his career and didn’t really know about him until news reports after he fled Boston.

Related: Bulger Working On Manuscript?

She says she was an extra in the movie, “The Departed,” whose crime boss character was based on Bulger.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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