Judge In Whitey Bulger’s Trial Refuses To Step Down

BOSTON (AP) — The federal judge presiding over the trial of Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger has refused a defense lawyer’s request to step down.

U.S. District Judge Richard Stearns says in a three-page decision issued Sunday that a motion by Bulger’s lead attorney last week seeking the judge’s recusal “raises no new issues of material fact or law.”

Stearns says the case was randomly assigned to him in 1999 and he intends to “see it through fairly and expeditiously.”

Bulger’s lawyer had said Bulger had been granted immunity by former U.S. Attorney Jeremiah O’Sullivan, and that Stearns’ time as a federal prosecutor overlapped O’Sullivan’s time in Boston. Bulger’s lawyer also says he may call Stearns as a witness.

Stearns says he was never involved in a case concerning Bulger.

Bulger’s lawyer had no comment.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

Comments

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More From CBS Boston

Summer of Savings
Download Weather App

Listen Live