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Whitey Bulger pleads not guilty to charges including 19 murders

July 6, 2011 | 11:57 am

Whiteybulger Two weeks to the day after his arrest in Santa Monica, notorious Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger pleaded not guilty Wednesday in a Boston federal courtroom to a laundry list of crimes, including multiple murders.

The 81-year-old, who has been ordered held without bail, is accused of 32 criminal counts including charges related to 19 killings. Bulger also has been charged in murder cases in Florida and Oklahoma.

The Boston Globe reported that Bulger nodded to his two brothers, including William Bulger, who once headed the Massachusetts state Senate and was president of the University of Massachusetts.

He then agreed to waive the reading of charges against him. He pleaded "'not guilty" in a soft voice.

Federal Magistrate Marianne Bowler rejected a request by Bulger's attorney J.W. Carney Jr. to add his law partner as part of the defense team. The Globe reported that prosecutors said they expect a monthlong trial with as many as 40 witnesses.


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Photo: James 'Whitey' Bulger. Credit: Associated Press