BOSTON (AP) — Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts is asking Congress to approve $8.5 million in payments to the families of two men who allegedly died at the hands of the former Boston mob boss known as “Whitey” Bulger (BUHL’-juhr).

A federal judge in 2009 awarded the money to the families of Michael Donahue and Brian Halloran in a lawsuit against the FBI. But an appeals court said the families waited too long to file claims and threw out the award this month.

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The suit claimed the men were gunned down in 1982 after the FBI leaked information to James Bulger.

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Kerry said Tuesday he was filing legislation requiring the Treasury to pay the money. He says Congress has an obligation to make things right.

Rep William Keating has filed a similar measure.

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