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Bulger Lawyers Focus on Battling Informant Label

BULGER TRIAL

BOSTON (AP) — During the first few weeks of James “Whitey” Bulger’s racketeering trial, his lawyers have focused much of their energy on trying to rebut the government’s contention that he was a longtime FBI informant on the Mafia and other criminals.

Bulger’s lawyers have vehemently denied the claim and spent hours trying to discredit FBI agents who wrote or approved reports in Bulger’s 700-page informant file.

Some investigators believe the defense strategy is Bulger’s attempt to salvage his reputation.

But Suffolk Law professor Chris Dearborn says it might be part of a larger strategy to show the depth of the FBI’s corrupt relationship with Bulger and make jurors disgusted with the government.

The 83-year-old Bulger is charged with participating in 19 killings during the 1970s and `80s.