• Mass. mobster's lawyers due in court on trial prep


    BOSTON (AP) - Lawyers for mobster James "Whitey" Bulger are due in court to give a judge a status report on preparation for his March trial.

    Bulger's lawyers have repeatedly complained that they won't have enough time to prepare for trial, given that prosecutors have turned over more than 300,000 documents.

    The former leader of the Winter Hill Gang is accused of participating in 19 murders. He fled Boston in 1994 and remained one of the FBI's most wanted fugitives until his capture in Santa Monica, Calif., last year.

    Bulger's lead attorney, J.W. Carney Jr., has said that Bulger will testify about his claim that he was given immunity to commit crimes while he was an informant.

    A status conference is scheduled Monday in U.S. District Court in Boston.

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