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Friends of accused Boston bomber challenge keeping evidence secret

By Daniel Lovering BOSTON (Reuters) - A lawyer for one of three college friends who allegedly helped to cover the tracks of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev argued on Tuesday that a judge's order keeping most evidence in the case out of public view was unfair to his client. An attorney for Azamat Tazhayakov, who is charged with obstruction of justice and conspiracy, said prosecutors had failed to give a specific reason for sealing evidence, other than concerns about pretrial publicity and protecting the litigants.

Poisoning ruled cause of death of 'Whitey' Bulger extortion victim

By Noreen O'Donnell (Reuters) - An alleged extortion victim of Boston gangster James "Whitey" Bulger, who was found dead while Bulger was on trial, died from cyanide poisoning, officials in Massachusetts said on Sunday. Stephen Rakes, 59, had wanted to testify at Bulger's trial that the mob boss had forced him at gunpoint to sell a liquor store for pennies on the dollar. His body was found in July in a Boston suburb, with no obvious signs of trauma.

All Bulger gang victims should speak at sentencing: prosecutors

By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Survivors of all 19 people murdered by James "Whitey" Bulger's gang should be allowed to speak at his sentencing, prosecutors argued on Friday, even if a jury did not find the 84-year-old convicted mobster personally responsible for their deaths. Bulger, who ran Boston's criminal underworld in the 1970s and '80s while the FBI looked the other way, was found guilty in August of 31 criminal counts including 11 of the 19 murders of which he was accused.

State lawmaker, city councilor lead first-round vote for Boston mayor

By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - A state representative with strong ties to Boston's labor movement and a former teacher turned city councilor focused on improving the school system emerged as the top two contenders in Boston's preliminary mayoral election on Tuesday. State representative Martin Walsh and Councilor John Connolly, both Democrats, took the top two spots in the city's non-partisan first-round vote, and will face off in November in the general election to succeed the city's longest-serving mayor, Thomas Menino.

Relatives of Bulger's victims likely to speak at sentencing

By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - More than a dozen relatives of James "Whitey" Bulger's murder victims hope to testify at the convicted mob boss' sentencing hearing in November, U.S. prosecutors told a judge on Tuesday. Bulger, 84, faces the possibility of life in prison after being convicted last month of 31 criminal counts, including 11 murders he committed or ordered while running Boston's notorious "Winter Hill" crime gang in the '70s and '80s.

'Whitey' Bulger guilty of 11 murders in sweeping Boston mob case

By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - James "Whitey" Bulger, a brutal gangster who ruled over Boston's criminal underworld in the 1970s and '80s and evaded capture for 16 years, was found guilty of murder and racketeering by a jury on Monday and will likely spend the rest of his life in prison.

'Boston's Godfather' convicted of 11 murders

"I don't think you've heard the last word from James Bulger," says the underworld kingpin's lawyer.

Jury convicts Boston mob kingpin Bulger on murder, other charges

Jurors on Monday convicted reputed Boston mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger on a raft of murder and other criminal charges, local media reported. After five days of deliberations, the jury of four women and eight men found Bulger guilty of all but one of the 32 counts he faced. At the age of 83, he is likely to spend the last days of his life in prison. rom/jm

KILL: Boston mob boss labeled 'depraved' as trial closes

Reputed Boston mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger and his gang acted as "judge, jury and sometimes executioners" in committing gruesome crimes, US federal prosecutors said Monday in their closing arguments. The remarks follow weeks of chilling testimony in a Massachusetts courthouse about murders and other crimes attributed to Bulger. The defense has questioned the credibility of the government's key witnesses, saying jurors can't believe them beyond a reasonable doubt.

Jury convicts Boston mob kingpin Bulger on murder, other charges

Jurors on Monday convicted Boston underworld kingpin James "Whitey" Bulger on a raft of murder and other criminal charges, local media reported. After five days of deliberations, the jury of four women and eight men found Bulger guilty of all but one of the 32 counts he faced. At the age of 83, 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. Sentencing was set for November 13. Bulger had been charged with 19 murders as well as extortion, money laundering and arms trafficking.
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