New judge in Bulger case schedules first hearing

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March 18, 2013, 5:00 pm
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BOSTON (AP) - The new judge assigned to preside at the trial of gangster James "Whitey" Bulger has scheduled a status conference in the case for next week.
    
U.S. District Judge Denise Casper was randomly assigned to the case last week after the 1st U.S. District Court of Appeals granted a defense request to remove U.S. District Judge Richard Stearns.
    
The court found that Stearns' work as a federal prosecutor during the time when Bulger claims he received immunity from another federal prosecutor could create the appearance of bias.
    
The 83-year-old Bulger, who led the Winter Hill Gang, is awaiting trial on charges of playing a role in 19 murders in the 1970s and '80s.
    
Casper has scheduled a status conference for March 26.

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Tags: Boston, massachusetts, Whitey Bulger, Winter Hill Gang, James Bulger, Richard Stearns , Court of Appeals, Denise Caper
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