Vote delayed on nomination of ex-prosecutor

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BOSTON (AP) - The Governor's Council has delayed voting on the judicial nomination of a former federal prosecutor who was once involved in the prosecution of Boston mobster James "Whitey" Bulger.

Robert Ullman headed the criminal division of the U.S. Attorney's office until 1995, the year Bulger fled Boston after being indicted.

Ullman and his onetime boss, former U.S. Attorney Wayne Budd, were questioned by councilors at last week's confirmation hearing about whether they missed signs Bulger was acting as an FBI informant.

The council was scheduled to vote Wednesday on Gov. Deval Patrick's nomination of Ullman to be a Superior Court judge. But the vote was delayed at Patrick's request and rescheduled for April 3.

Two councilors expressed concern about Ullman's lack of trial experience in state courts, but said the Bulger case wouldn't influence their vote.