Case studies: Bulger hearing, Fujita trial

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February 14, 2013, 8:00 am
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(NECN) - A lawyer for reputed gangster James "Whitey" Bulger has told a judge a jury should decide Bulger's claim he had immunity to commit crimes from a former federal prosecutor.
 
But attorney J.W. Carney Jr. also said Wednesday outside court Bulger wasn't an informant. Carney didn't explain why Bulger would've had immunity if he hadn't helped federal law enforcement officials as an informant. Carney said he'd answer that at Bulger's trial.
 
FBI files and testimony in other cases say Bulger was an FBI informant during the 1970s and 80s, when he's accused of participating in 19 murders. He fled Boston in 1994 and was one of the FBI's most wanted fugitives until his 2011 capture.
 
At Wednesday's hearing a prosecutor asked the judge to throw out the immunity claim, saying any such agreement that included murder would be void.

Meanwhile, testimony resumes Thursday in the trial of a Wayland, Mass. man charged with killing his ex-girlfriend.

Nathanial Fujita, 20, is accused of murdering Lauren Astley in 2011.

Fujita's lawyer says his client was depressed about their breakup, and insane at the time of the murder.

Prosecutors say Fujita planned the murder. They claim he strangled Astley and then slashed her throat with a knife.

Fujita and Astley were 18 at the time, and had just graduated from high school.

Margaret McLean, Former Essex County Assistant District Attorney, Boston College Law Professor and Host of the Legal Radio Show "It's A Crime", joined "The Morning Show" to discuss the two controversial cases.

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