'Whitey' Bulger appeals 2013 conviction on 11 murders, racketeering

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Posted: Aug 14, 2014 5:06 PM

BOSTON (Reuters) - Lawyers for former Boston mobster James "Whitey" Bulger on Thursday filed a formal appeal of the sweeping 2013 racketeering conviction on charges of committing or ordering 11 murders in the 1970s and 80s.

The U.S. District Court judge who heard his trial committed a "constitutional error" by refusing Bulger's request to argue that he had been granted immunity for his crimes by corrupt Justice Department officials, the attorneys said in court papers.

Bulger, 84, is currently serving a sentence of two life terms plus five years for what a U.S. District Judge called his "unfathomable" crimes while running Boston's "Winter Hill" crime gang.

(Reporting by Scott Malone; Editing by Sandra Maler)