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Sundance film probes myth of Boston mob boss Bulger

He ruled the Boston underworld with an iron fist for nearly 30 years, while police stood by. James "Whitey" Bulger has become a Hollywood myth. But a new documentary seeks the truth behind the mobster. "Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger" by Oscar-nominated director Joe Berlinger was presented out of competition at the Sundance Film Festival this week. "I have long been fascinated by the Bulger story," the filmmaker told AFP. "Here's a guy who reigned over Boston's criminal underworld for almost thee decades, wasn't even stopped for a traffic ticket.

Boston mobster Bulger, girlfriend exchanged prison love notes: atty

By Daniel Lovering BOSTON (Reuters) - Convicted gangster James "Whitey" Bulger and his girlfriend, Catherine Greig, exchanged love letters on a legal pad provided by a defense attorney who visited them in prison before the mobster went on trial last year, local media reported on Friday. Defense attorney J.W. Carney told a meeting of Massachusetts defense lawyers this week that he offered the pad to Bulger at a correctional facility in Plymouth, Massachusetts, so he could write words of comfort to Greig, the Boston Globe reported.

Boston mobster 'Whitey' Bulger to appeal conviction

By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Lawyers for mobster James "Whitey" Bulger on Wednesday said they plan to appeal his August conviction on charges including 11 murders, less than a week after a U.S. judge sentenced the former leader of Boston's "Winter Hill" gang to two consecutive life terms in prison. In a brief, two-page filing in U.S. District Court in Boston, Bulger said he was appealing the jury's verdict that found him guilty of 31 of 32 criminal counts, including racketeering, extortion and drug dealing.

US mob kingpin Bulger gets two life terms

Notorious Boston underworld kingpin James "Whitey" Bulger was jailed for life on Thursday after a 40-year career of murder, extortion, money-laundering, arms trafficking and drug dealing. Bulger, 84, who was arrested in 2011 after 16 years on the run, faces the prospect of dying in prison after Judge Denise Casper handed down two life terms and an additional five years in prison. "The scope, the callousness, the depravity of your crimes, is almost unfathomable," said Casper, who ordered Bulger to pay just over $19.5 million in restitution to his victims.

Mobster 'Whitey' Bulger gets two life terms; 'Finally,' say families

By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Convicted mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger will spend the rest of his life in prison after a U.S. judge on Thursday sentenced him to serve two life terms plus five years for crimes he committed, including 11 murders.

US mob kingpin Bulger gets two life terms

Notorious Boston underworld kingpin James "Whitey" Bulger was jailed for life on Thursday after a 40-year career of murder, money laundering and arms trafficking. Bulger, 84, who was arrested in 2011 after 16 years on the run, faces the prospect of dying in prison after Judge Denise Casper handed down two life terms and an additional five years in prison. Casper, who also ordered Bulger to pay just over $19.5 million in restitution to his victims, branded the feared mobster's catalogue of crimes as "unfathomable."

US mob kingpin Bulger gets two life terms

A US judge Thursday sentenced notorious Boston underworld kingpin and reputed FBI informant James "Whitey" Bulger to two life terms for 11 murders and dozens of other criminal charges. Judge Denise Casper added extra five years to his sentence and ordered Bulger to pay $19 million in restitution for his victims. At the age of 84, Bulger -- a fugitive for 16 years before his arrest in California in 2011 -- is likely to die in prison. Casper told the US district court in Boston that the nature of Bulger's crimes spanning 40 years was "unfathomable."

US mob kingpin Bulger gets two life terms

A US judge Thursday sentenced notorious Boston underworld kingpin and reputed FBI informant James "Whitey" Bulger to two life terms for 11 murders and dozens of other criminal charges. At the age of 84, the white-bearded Bulger -- a fugitive for 16 years before his arrest in California in 2011 -- is likely to spend the last days of his life behind bars. Asked if he understood, Bulger uttered one word: "Yes." His lawyers said that he would appeal the conviction.

AFP Americas News Agenda for November 13

Duty Editor: Jim Mannion Tel: +1 202 414 0541 What's happening in the Americas on Wednesday: + Kerry testifies on Iran negotiations WASHINGTON: Secretary of State John Kerry will meet members of the Senate Banking Committee in a closed-door session to discuss a failed round of negotiations with Iran on its nuclear program. The committee is considering new sanctions on Tehran (IRAN-NUCLEAR-POLITICS-US) --- OTHER AGENDA ITEMS --

Boston mob boss Bulger merits 'no mercy,' two life terms: prosecutors

By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Federal prosecutors on Thursday asked a judge to sentence convicted Boston mobster James "Whitey" Bulger to two consecutive life sentences plus five years, arguing that the man who was convicted of 11 murders "deserves no mercy."
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