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Lawyer: Whitey Bulger will testify at trial

Bulger's attorney says his client wants the opportunity to "tell the truth."

One of the country's most wanted men and notorious fugitives will testify during his trial early next year, his lawyer said today.

Alleged fugitive mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger, who is facing federal charges for his involvement in 19 murders, was also working as a federal informant.

His lawyer, J.W. Carney, Jr., said earlier this year that he planned to file a motion to dismiss the charges because Bulger was promised immunity.

Carney also revealed today that Bulger claims he was not offered
immunity from a member of the FBI, but from a "representative of the
Department of Justice."

The government has said it will not comment on the immunity issue.

But during a status hearing today, Carney said he will not file the motion and instead bring the issue to trial.

Bulger feels he has a better chance of proving he was promised immunity before a jury at trial rather than before a single judge who would decide the motion, Carney said.

"He is in the best position possible to talk about how the federal government has acted," Carney said, adding that nothing will be off limits when Bulger testifies

 
 
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