"Whitey" Bulger Lawyers Appeal his Conviction - NBC10 Boston

"Whitey" Bulger Lawyers Appeal his Conviction

Lawyers for James "Whitey" Bulger filed a federal appeal in Boston on Thursday

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    This photo provided by the Sundance Institute shows James Whitey Bulger in a prisoner transfer photo from the U.S. Penitentiary at Alcatraz, in San Francisco, included in the documentary film, “Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger." In the film, Bulger tells his defense attorney that he was never an FBI informant, but rather had federal agents on his payroll. The documentary directed by Joe Berlinger has its premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. (AP Photo/Sundance Institute, David Boeri Archives)

    BOSTON (AP) - Former Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger is appealing his conviction last year on racketeering charges that said he played a role in 11 murders.

    Bulger's lawyers made the filing Thursday afternoon in a federal appeals court in Boston.

    Among their arguments are that Bulger was not allowed to argue that a now-deceased federal prosecutor had given him immunity.

    Bulger is now 84 years old. He was the head of Boston's Irish mob and an FBI informant. He was convicted of gangland crimes in the 1970s and '80s and sentenced to life.

    His case became an embarrassment for the FBI as corrupt agents accepted bribes and protected him. Bulger was a fugitive for 16 years until his 2011 arrest in California.