Boston mobster ‘Whitey’ Bulger was denied right to testify: lawyer

Former mob boss and fugitive James "Whitey" Bulger is seen in a booking mug combination photo

The judge who blocked former Boston mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger from claiming a U.S. prosecutor had given him immunity for his crimes violated his rights by effectively preventing him from testifying during his 2013 racketeering trial, Bulger’s lawyer said on Monday. The lawyer, Hank Brennan, went before a three-judge panel of the 1st Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Boston to challenge the conviction of Bulger, 85, on charges including committing or ordering 11 murders in the 1970s and 1980s. The trial detailed Bulger’s corrupt relationship with federal agents and prosecutors in Boston who turned a blind eye to the Irish-American gangster’s crimes in return for information they could use against the Italian-American mafia.

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Trump tops CNN poll of 2016 Republicans, says he leads ‘movement’

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures at a news conference near the U.S.- Mexico border outside of Laredo, Texas

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Real estate magnate Donald Trump moved to the top of the 2016 Republican presidential field in a CNN poll released on Sunday, edging rival Jeb Bush and gaining support from Republicans in the last month despite a series of controversial statements. Trump was backed by 18 percent of Republicans in the CNN poll, which was conducted entirely after his July 18 criticism of Republican Senator John McCain’s war record. His lead over Bush, a former Florida governor who was at 15 percent, was within the poll’s margin of error. “There is a movement going on. …

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